James Arness, lawman Matt Dillon of 'Gunsmoke' fame, dies at 88 | MassCops

James Arness, lawman Matt Dillon of 'Gunsmoke' fame, dies at 88

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  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    James Arness, the 6-foot-6 actor who towered over the television landscape for two decades as righteous Dodge City lawman Matt Dillon in "Gunsmoke," died Friday. He was 88.
    The actor died in his sleep at his home in Brentwood, Calif., according to his business manager, Ginny Fazer.
    Arness' official website posted a letter from Arness on Friday that he wrote with the intention that it be posted posthumously: "I had a wonderful life and was blessed with ... (so) many loving people and great friends," he wrote.
    "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."

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    James Arness, lawman Matt Dillon of 'Gunsmoke' fame, dies at 88 | StarTribune.com
  2. PapaBear

    PapaBear MassCops Member

  3. LA Copper

    LA Copper Subscribing Member

    I remember seeing him when I was a kid in one of his first movies; The Thing. At 88-years-old, he had a good run. Godspeed.
  4. cc3915

    cc3915 MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Grew up with the show "Gunsmoke". Rest in Peace Mr. Arness.
  5. BrickCop

    BrickCop Subscribing Member

    Anyone else think that the guy was already dead? Next thing you'll tell me is that Johnny Carson won't be down for breakfast.

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