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'Gunsmoke' Actor James Arness Dies at 88
6-3-2011 | Fox News

Posted on 06/03/2011 10:35:24 AM PDT by Wilum

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So long Matt!
1 posted on 06/03/2011 10:35:27 AM PDT by Wilum
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To: Wilum

The Thing is dead? Sad.


2 posted on 06/03/2011 10:36:02 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 862 of our national holiday from reality. - Obama really isn't one of us)
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To: Wilum

So long, Matthew.
You were the best...................


3 posted on 06/03/2011 10:37:03 AM PDT by Red Badger (I killed Schrodinger's Cat with Occam's Razor.................)
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To: Wilum

Him and his brother, Peter Graves, were Minneapolis boys.


4 posted on 06/03/2011 10:38:17 AM PDT by Spruce
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To: Wilum

So long Matt, and thanks for all the great work on GS!


5 posted on 06/03/2011 10:38:42 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Wilum

Wounded at Anzio, Bronze Star...

6 posted on 06/03/2011 10:39:11 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Wilum

Peter Graves was his brother, I think. Didn’t he pass away first?


7 posted on 06/03/2011 10:39:19 AM PDT by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Wilum

So long Mr. Dillon....RIP


8 posted on 06/03/2011 10:39:19 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Wilum
Mr Arness,
It has been a pleasure watching your show for 20 years.
You taught the kids a lot of great life lessons of courage and compassion.

You will be missed.
May God Bless.

9 posted on 06/03/2011 10:39:27 AM PDT by lucky american (I'm tired.)
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To: Wilum
If we were a nation that could still be entertained by Gunsmoke, instead of say...Real Housewives of New Jersey, we wouldn't be in the trouble we're in.

RIP.

10 posted on 06/03/2011 10:39:30 AM PDT by mojito
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To: Wilum
RIP James Arness.

From Wiki, he was severely wounded in WWII at Anzio, and his war wounds pained him ever since.

A true hero long before he played Marshall Dillon.

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11 posted on 06/03/2011 10:39:49 AM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Wilum

Or was it Dana Andrews who was Peter Graves’s brother? Not sure and not able to look it up right now.


12 posted on 06/03/2011 10:40:33 AM PDT by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Wilum

No link?


13 posted on 06/03/2011 10:41:14 AM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (The Tree of Liberty is long overdue for its natural manure)
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To: Wilum

TVs John Wayne, I loved his acting.


14 posted on 06/03/2011 10:42:00 AM PDT by ansel12 ( JIM DEMINT "I believe [Palins] done more for the Republican Party than anyone since Ronald Reagan")
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To: Wolfstar

Arness’ brother Peter Graves died March 2010.


15 posted on 06/03/2011 10:42:13 AM PDT by NautiNurse (ObamaCare uses Bernie Madoff theory of economics)
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To: NautiNurse

Thanks :)


16 posted on 06/03/2011 10:43:07 AM PDT by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

Links now.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gunsmoke-star-james-arness-dies-194732

He was Peter Graves’ brother.


17 posted on 06/03/2011 10:43:11 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Those who trade land for peace will end up with neither one.)
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To: lucky american

Local channel started showing older TV shows about a month ago.

Mr Dillon comes on @ 5 AM & Gunsmoke comes on in early afternoon.

Sure was a pleasure to watch James.

R.I.P., Mr Arness. You will never be replaced.


18 posted on 06/03/2011 10:43:11 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Wilum

RIP, Marshall Matt Dillon.


19 posted on 06/03/2011 10:43:49 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: Wilum

I’m very sorry to hear that.


20 posted on 06/03/2011 10:44:40 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Wilum
They thought they killed him in "The Thing" back in the 50's!

All kidding aside, RIP James.
21 posted on 06/03/2011 10:45:21 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a (small) monthly donor.)
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To: mojito
Ain't that the truth. An era that slipped away forever.

R.I.P. Mr. Arness.

22 posted on 06/03/2011 10:45:26 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr
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To: null and void
The Thing is dead? Sad.

Actually, it was "Them".

23 posted on 06/03/2011 10:46:38 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Wilum

Sheriff Matt Dillon, RIP

Premiering on CBS in September 1955 and completing its network run September 1975, Gunsmoke is the longest running dramatic series in the history of television. Two of its stars, James Arness and Milburn Stone, remained all 20 seasons, with Amanda Blake a close second, departing after 19 years.

24 posted on 06/03/2011 10:47:08 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: trisham

Me, too. Great actor as Marshall Dillon. R.I.P. Another end of an era death.


25 posted on 06/03/2011 10:47:15 AM PDT by altura ( Palin/Ryan---or Palin/anybody (removed Cain because of Bush bashing.))
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To: Wilum

I knew one of his sons in the 1960s, Craig who lived with his grandmother in La Habra, California.

Craig had everything, as the son of a very popular actor of the time. Science and microscopes and fancy expensive stuff.

Extremely intelligent, and he went on to have accomplishments of his own. Craig died in 2004.

James Arness was a Republican.


26 posted on 06/03/2011 10:47:58 AM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Bushbacker1
He was The Thing. He was in Them!.
27 posted on 06/03/2011 10:48:19 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 862 of our national holiday from reality. - Obama really isn't one of us)
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To: Wilum

I’ve been watching “Gunsmoke” again lately, and man, was he born for the role of Matt Dillon!

RIP


28 posted on 06/03/2011 10:48:26 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Illinois has become California without the climate or the glamor)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Duh. MARSHALL. Head slap.


29 posted on 06/03/2011 10:49:12 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gunsmoke-star-james-arness-dies-194732


30 posted on 06/03/2011 10:49:16 AM PDT by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: Wilum

He was an honorary Deputy US Marshal....he was much loved by the Marshals Service. Rest In Peace Marshal Dillon.


31 posted on 06/03/2011 10:49:19 AM PDT by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: altura

He always seemed so gentlemanly, dignified and mature.


32 posted on 06/03/2011 10:49:35 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Wilum

Matt, Kitty, Chester, Festus and Doc Stone. They’re all gone now. RIP, Matt, you brought life to the best TV Western ever made. No wonder it lasted 25 years or so.

I have 16 episodes on DVD that I taped off the Westerns Channel. I’m going to watch one tomorrow in honor of this fine man.


33 posted on 06/03/2011 10:50:43 AM PDT by bcsco (..)
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To: Wilum

RIP Marshall Dillon! I loved that show when I was a kid...that and Bonanza!


34 posted on 06/03/2011 10:51:09 AM PDT by pgkdan ( Time for a Cain Mutiny!)
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To: Wilum

My first “crush”. Loved Marshall Dillon.

RIP


35 posted on 06/03/2011 10:51:19 AM PDT by Reagan69 (If it ain't broke, the government will fix it till it is.)
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To: bcsco
I have vague memories of "Chester" (Dennis Weaver) who lived a couple of houses away when I was a young child in North Hollywood, CA......well before he got any gigs of consequence.

The parents referred to him as "the young actor".

36 posted on 06/03/2011 10:55:39 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

IIRC, John Wayne was originally asked to take the part, but he had movie commitments and recommended James Arness for the part. Wayne also did an introductory audio for the first episode. I just might have it on file somewhere.

Ken Curtis, who played Festus, also had an interesting life. He sang with the Sons of the Pioneers, it’s been rumored he was thought of as a replacement for Frank Sinatra after Frank left the Harry James orchestra, was son-in-law to the director John Ford and stared in a number of movies with John Wayne (Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Wings of Eagles, The Searchers, The Horse Soldiers, The Alamo and How The West Was Won), as well as his long stint as Festus.


37 posted on 06/03/2011 10:57:19 AM PDT by bcsco (..)
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To: Wilum

Sad day in Dodge.


38 posted on 06/03/2011 10:57:29 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Welcome to the Willard Romney, "It's My Turn" tour..................)
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To: Wilum

Gone from our presence, but forever in our hearts (and hopefully on TVLand), adios Sheriff. Until we meet across the river on the other side.


39 posted on 06/03/2011 10:57:50 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Paradox: To dumb down the citizenry so they won't think for themselves, the government educates them)
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To: Wilum

When I was a kid of 10 back in 1957, we did not own a TV, so we went next door to watch “Gunsmoke” and “Perry Mason”. Our neighbor on the other side was Roger Mudd, the newsman, back when he was a local reporter for WTOP News.

Rest in peace, Marshall Dillon, you did so much as both a TV character and as a US soldier in WWII to keep/restore the peace!


40 posted on 06/03/2011 11:00:13 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Experience is the best teacher, but if you can accept it 2nd hand, the tuition is less." M Rosen)
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To: Wilum

Amanda Blake and James Arness (Marshall Dillon and Miss Kitty)

41 posted on 06/03/2011 11:00:29 AM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Wilum
Matt was my idol as a kid. His cool demeanor, his right vs wrong message, the way he treated Miss Kitty, Doc and Festus. . A great role model. Saw a few Gunsmoke reruns last month. Nothing like it on today's TV. I honestly feel sorry for the kids of today. . . We loved ya' Matt! Rest in Peace!
42 posted on 06/03/2011 11:00:34 AM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: Wilum

Sad news going into the weekend...RIP, Marshall...


43 posted on 06/03/2011 11:00:36 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: ErnBatavia

Dennis Weaver did a stint on the Westerns Channel some years back. Don’t know if he continued it up to or shortly before his death as I cancelled my subscription for a time. They’re all gone now. About the only ones I can think of who are still around are Burt Reynolds and Buck Taylor (son of actor “Dub” Taylor.


44 posted on 06/03/2011 11:01:24 AM PDT by bcsco (..)
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To: Wilum
RIP, Mr. Arness.

Still watch Gunsmoke, a great series.

45 posted on 06/03/2011 11:02:19 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Wilum

RIP, Marshal Dillon.


46 posted on 06/03/2011 11:03:34 AM PDT by Comstock1 (You can't have Falstaff and have him thin.)
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To: bcsco

He was studying at Beloit College when the war broke out. His ambition was to become a navy pilot, but his height, six feet and seven inches, disqualified him. His Anzio wounds landed him in the hospital for 18 months, and during that time he became involved with an acting group.

Discharged with a bronze medal and Purple Heart, he enrolled at a radio announcing school in Minneapolis, and he worked as a disc jockey and announcer at a local station. On a lark, he and a buddy drove to Los Angeles. His mother predicted he would never return. She was right.
An appearance at a little theatre led to an RKO contract and his first movie, The Farmer’s Daughter, as one of Loretta Young’s three brothers. More featured roles followed, including the horror classic The Thing.

Then came the fateful interview with John Wayne at his Republic Studio office.

“He asked me a couple of questions about my acting,” Arness recalled. “Then he said, ‘The main thing I have to know, is — do you drink?’ I didn’t want to say, because I didn’t know him at the time; maybe he was a teetotaler. I said, ‘Well, I have been known to take one occasionally.’ We got a laugh out of that, and he put me on the picture, Big Jim McLain.”

Arness appeared in four Wayne films during three years under contract to him.

http://www.jamesarness.com/interview.html


47 posted on 06/03/2011 11:05:15 AM PDT by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: Deo volente

A very touching posthumous message from Mr. Arness just went up at that website...


48 posted on 06/03/2011 11:07:03 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Wilum

Bummer


49 posted on 06/03/2011 11:08:19 AM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man.)
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50 posted on 06/03/2011 11:08:49 AM PDT by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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