James Arness (May 26, 1923 – June 3, 2011) was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon in the television series Gunsmoke for 20 years. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Dillon in five separate decad...es: 1955 to 1975 in the weekly series, then in Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) and four more made-for-television Gunsmoke films in the 1990s. In Europe Arness reached cult status for his role as Zeb Macahan in the western series How the West Was Won. His younger brother was actor Peter Graves.
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Rest in peace my old friend. I will always watch you on TV's Gunsmoke!!!!
R.I.P James Arness aka Matt Dillon. You were one of my favorite TV lawmen.
James was a role model for young kids like me in Gunsmoke. He did everything by the law, was a great person and friend to many. A big man with a big heart. He was second to John Wayne as the tough cowboy.