‘Gunsmoke’ Star James Arness Dead At 88

Gunsmoke star James Arness died today at his home in Los Angeles of natural causes.  He was 88 years old and lives a very full life. He starred in more that 30 movies and the 20 years on Gunsmoke distinguished him.

Arness was best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke for 20 years. His younger brother was actor Peter Graves. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Marshal Matt Dillon in five separate decades: 1955 to 1975 in the weekly series, then in Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) and four more made-for-TV Gunsmoke movies in the 1990s. In Europe Arness reached cult status for his role as Zeb Macahan in the western series How the West Was Won.

R.I.P. James King Arness May 26, 1923 – June 3, 2011