Monday, June 6, 2011

Hollywood Says Good-bye to Another Great Actor – James Arness

photo courtesy of Tex
Marshall Matt Dillion ( actor James Arness) can rest easy knowing that televisions Wild West was tamed with him as Marshall during his television role of “Gunsmoke.” Arness died June 3, 2011. 

Gunsmoke was TV’s longest running Western, being on the air for  for 20 years (1955-1975), and Arness reprised his role as Marshall in other made for TV Gunsmoke movies into the 1990’s.   Although,  Arness is most identified with westerns he did act in two science fiction movies. 

Arness grew up Minnesota working as a radio announcer in the early 40’s. In 1942 he enlisted in the Army and in 1945 upon his return attended college. After college, he made his way to Hollywood hitchhiking, a former mode of transportation back in the day, but one considered too dangerous today. His first movie role was the Farmer’s Daughter (1947).  

*Hollywood is a Family Affair*

Although, you would never know it, except if you heard their voices James Arness was the older brother to Peter Graves (1926-2010), the actor best known for his role in the television series Mission Impossible.

*Thanks for the Memories*

Both of these men, Arness and Graves were remarkable actors who made their mark on Television and brought us all a little bit of comfort, pleasure and a laugh or two in their heroic roles. 

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