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James Arness

An Emmy-nominated American actor best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke for 20 years.

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 the decade of the 1980s (1987) Return to Dodge, and four more made-for-TV Gunsmoke movies in the 1990s.

Arness served in the United States Army during World War II with the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division, and was severely wounded during Operation Shingle, at Anzio, Italy, leading to a lifelong slight limp.

His military awards and medals include: the Bronze Star; the Purple Heart etc.

Though primarily identified with Westerns, he also is remembered for appearing in two science fiction films.

He played the role of Marshall Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke until it finished in 1975.

The show ran from 1955 to 1975 on Radio and Television.

Arness performed primarily in western-themed movies and television series, including How the West Was Won, and five made-for-television Gunsmoke reunion movies between 1987 and 1994.

In 1981, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Arness passed away on June 3rd, 2011. Natural causes.

Films include.

The Farmer's Daughter 1947
Man From Texas 1947
Roses Are Red 1947
Battleground 1949
Wagonmaster 1950
Sierra 1950
Two Lost Worlds 1950
Double Crossbones 1950
Stars In My Crown 1950
Wyoming Mail 1950
Calvary Scout 1951
Belle le Grand 1951
Iron Man 1951
The Thing 1951
The People Against O'Hara 1951
Carbine Williams 1952
Hellgate 1952
The Girl In White 1952
Big Jim McLain 1952
Horizons West 1952
Lone Hand 1953
Ride The Man Down 1953
Island In The Sky 1953
Veils of Bagdad 1953
Them 1954
Hondo 1954
Her Twelve Men 1954
Flames of the Islands 1955
Many Rivers to Cross 1955
The Sea Chase 1955
Arizona Mission 1956
Gun The Man Down 1956
The First Traveling Saleslady 1956

Television includes.

The Lone Ranger 1950
Lux Video Theatre "The Chase" 1954
Front Row Center 1956
The Red Skelton Chevy Special 1959
The Chevrolet Golden Anniversery Show 1961
A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972
The Macahans 1976
How The West Was Won 1976 - 1979
The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory 1987
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge 1987
Red River 1988
Gunsmoke II: The Last Apache 1990
Gunsmoke III: To The Last Man 1992
Gunsmoke IV: The Long Ride 1993
Gunsmoke V: One Man's Justice 1993

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