Death of James Arness

May 26, 1923 - June 3, 2011
Brentwood, California | Age 88

Actor of TV's 'Gunsmoke' fame dies at 88
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FRAZIER MOORE, The Associated Press

It takes a special kind of lawman to carry on for 20 years in the Wild West of TV.

Matt Dillon, the mythical marshal of Dodge City, stood tall — all 6 feet, 6 inches of him — on "Gunsmoke" from 1955 to 1975. He outlasted dozens of other Western heroes while making history on TV's longest-running dramatic series, a record that held until NBC's "Law & Order" tied the CBS Western's record in 2010.

Through all those gunslinging...

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