Posts Tagged ‘James Arness’

Matt Dillon Will Never Die

By Jim Whitt James Arness, who passed away last week at the age of 88, was a natural fit for the role of Dodge City lawman Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke. A World War II veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, Arness looked every bit the part of the western hero. He was 5 inches short of being seven feet tall and in the tradition of John Wayne, talked low, talked slow and didn’t say too much. In the character of Matt Dillon his response to those who both kept or broke the law was appropriately… Read More

June 8th, 2011 at 8:54pm

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