September 3, 1995 |
No, I'm not in it. I wish I were, though, 'cause I think it's the best thing of its kind ... and I hope you'll agree with me. It's honest, it's adult, it's realistic. When I first heard about this show 'Gunsmoke,' I knew there was only one man to play in it. James Arness. He's a young fellow and may be new to some of ya, but I've worked with him and I predict he'll be a big star. So ya might as well get used to him like you've had to get used to me.
November 1, 2001 |
F rom 1955 until 1975, James Arness played the righteous, brave and gallant Matt Dillon, the marshal of Dodge City, on the landmark CBS western series "Gunsmoke." The 78-year-old actor recently completed "James Arness: An Autobiography" (McFarland & Co. Inc.). He collaborated on the book with James E. Wise Jr. and Burt Reynolds, a regular on "Gunsmoke" in the early '60s, who wrote the foreword.
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March 19, 2010 |
Fess Parker, whose star-making portrayal of frontiersman Davy Crockett on television in the mid-1950s made him a hero to millions of young baby boomers and spurred a nationwide run on coonskin caps, died Thursday. He was 85. Parker, who played another pioneer American hero on television's "Daniel Boone" in the 1960s before becoming a successful Santa Barbara hotel developer and Santa Ynez Valley winery owner, died of complications from old age at his home near the winery, said family spokeswoman Sao Anash.
October 24, 1989 |
Actor James Arness, 66, will be back in the saddle as Matt Dillon in "Gunsmoke II," a two-hour CBS movie sequel to TV's longest-running Western series. Filming is scheduled to begin in mid-November. In the story, Marshal Dillon grows restless and leaves the ranch where he retired. But while he's gone, renegade Apaches raid the ranch and carry off his daughter.
August 22, 1989
A Los Angeles memorial service for Amanda Blake, star of television's long-running "Gunsmoke" series who died Wednesday night in Sacramento, has been planned for Saturday by Miss Blake's manager, Blanche Davis. Speakers tentatively will include Miss Blake's series co-stars, actors James Arness and Dennis Weaver, said Ruth Marsh, who is helping Davis with arrangements. The service, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.