'Gunsmoke' actor James Arness dies at age 88
June 3rd, 2011
02:21 PM ET

'Gunsmoke' actor James Arness dies at age 88

Former "Gunsmoke" actor James Arness, who played Marshal Matt Dillon in the western TV series for 20 years, died Friday from natural causes, according to his website. He was 88.

Over the two decades of "Gunsmoke" episodes from 1955 to 1975, Arness worked with hundreds of actors, some of them just up-and-comers such as Harrison Ford, Burt Reynolds and Charles Bronson. He also worked with Betty Davis.

Born in Minneapolis on May 26, 1923, Arness served in the Army during World War II at Anzio, the Italian beach that the Army says was the setting for the largest and most violent armed conflict in history.

Arness was wounded in his right leg and received the Purple Heart.

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    I missed that conversation, but I just read Mr. Kitty's coming-out publication of...bands of...whatever. It's all good.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Newly

    We sort of knew about Mr. Kitty. His breath gave him away but since you can't smell TV yet...other than that, Miss Kitty was kind of hot. Matt sure liked herm. Himr?

    June 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Festus Haggan

    Gunsmoke starty'd out as a radio show anyways Doc. And I never did get close anough to Mr. Kitty to smell his breath. His feet kept me away. I used to make fun of Mathew for being able to keep a straight face when a scene had ta be shot over and over agin. He had the straightest face in the world. Whatta guy.

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    Beautiful women that Miss Kitty. Seems that a few years after she finished (Gun Smoke) she was diagnosed with Mouth Cancer. And she was a Singer to boot.

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    A singer to boot off of the stage. Mr. Kitty had a gawd awful voice that stunk up the place for real.

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    I figured shehim would get mouth cancer. Mr. Kitty's stretch marks told the story.

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  12. Ed Leipold

    Having been a James Arness fan since he appeared as "The Thing From Another World," and watching his work down through the years, I can say that although I never met the man, I felt like I had lost a close friend when he died.

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