James Arness, Marshall Dillon of Gun Smoke Fame Dead at the Age of 88, RIP

 

James Arness, Marshall Matt Dillon  of  Gun Smoke fame has passed away at the age of 88 from natural causes. From 1955 to 1975 Arness graced TV screens as the larger than life Marshall Dillon keeping the streets of Dodge City safe from outlaws, Indians and desperadoes. How I loved this show growing up and never missed an episode. Interesting back then we had characters on TV that were heroic role models. What we didn’t know about James Arness, he served his country in the army during WWII at Anzio He was wounded in his right leg and received the Purple Heart.

REST IN PEACE JAMES ARNESS

Matt Dillon, the mythical marshal of Dodge City, stood tall — all 6 feet, 6 inches of him — on “Gunsmoke” from 1955 to 1975. He outlasted dozens of other Western heroes while making history on TV’s longest-running dramatic series, a record that held until NBC’s “Law & Order” tied the CBS Western’s record in 2010.

James Arness wrote a letter that was to be posted to his web site upon  his final farewell:

I had a wonderful life and was blessed with some many loving people and great friends. The best part of my life was my family, especially my wife Janet. Many of you met her at Dodge City so you understand what a special person she is.

I wanted to take this time to thank all of you for the many years of being a fan of Gunsmoke, The Thing, How the West Was Won and all the other fun projects I was lucky enough to have been allowed to be a part of. I had the privilege of working with so many great actors over the years.

I was honored to have served in the army for my country. I was at Anzio during WWII and it makes you realize how very precious life is.

Thank you again for all the many letters, cards, emails and gifts we received from you over the years. You are and always have been truly appreciated

Check out the John Wayne introduction James Arness and  Gun Smoke

Much more at OTB of the passing of James Arness.



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    5 Responses to “James Arness, Marshall Dillon of Gun Smoke Fame Dead at the Age of 88, RIP”

    1. Weekend Link Love: 311 Edition | All American Blogger on June 4th, 2011 5:30 am

      [...] Scared Monkeys: James Arness, Marshall Dillon of Gun Smoke Fame Dead at the Age of 88, RIP [...]

    2. southernsue on June 4th, 2011 5:51 am

      what a difference in tv now, also the movies.what passes for tv and movies now is gutter trash, brainless, gory!ugh! most of the men on screen or gay or pansy, think matt damon playing a war scene. the women in the movies are just as bad, either lessies or whorey for all to see.

      tv, is almost a thing of the past, for me, i occasionally will listen to the news, however, i’m addicted to the internet, i can watch and read whatever i like, i don’t have to buy 500 channels, and support channels like bet, mtv, ect., to watch or read what i like.

    3. barbreee on June 4th, 2011 10:22 am

      Thank goodness we will always have Jim to watch for all eternity. TV today is so incredibly lame with reality shows and contests. I’m glad to have grown up in a time when watching TV was a family event.

    4. dawg1948 on June 4th, 2011 1:03 pm

      God Bless James Arness. The first movie I saw him in was Many Rivers to Cross. He played the part of the Big Man with a Big Heart, just the way I will remember him. RIP James.

    5. In Memoriam …Celebrities We Lost in 2011: Liz Taylor, James Arness, Peter Faulk, Steve Jobs and our own 2NJSons_Mom | Scared Monkeys on December 31st, 2011 11:56 pm

      [...] James Arness – Marshall Matt Dillon  of  Gun Smoke fame has passed away at the age of 88 from natural causes. From 1955 to 1975 Arness graced TV screens as the larger than life Marshall Dillon keeping the streets of Dodge City safe from outlaws, Indians and desperadoes. [...]

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