James Arness Made Every Returning ‘Gunsmoke’ Member Feel Special While Filming the Movies

U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon actor James Arness made sure to make every returning member of the ‘Gunsmoke’ cast and crew feel welcome after so many years away from Dodge City.

Gunsmoke actor James Arness brought joy to audiences around the world with his portrayal of U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon. However, he was also a bright beam of light for the cast and crew that worked with him for many hours. In fact, many of them became like a family away from home. Arness made a point of making the same familiar faces feel special while filming the made-for-TV Gunsmoke movies.

James Arness returned for 5 ‘Gunsmoke’ movies

Arness was one of the original Gunsmoke cast members, which also included Amanda Blake as Miss Kitty Russell, Milburn Stone as Doc Adams, and Dennis Weaver as Chester Goode. They started working together from the very first episode that aired in 1955 based on the radio show until its final episode hit television screens in 1975. CBS suddenly canceled the show, which even surprised the cast and crew involved in the production.

Fortunately, that sour note didn’t define the conclusion of Gunsmoke forever. Arness returned to star in five made-for-TV movies, which started with Return to Dodge. It was followed up by The Last ApacheTo the Last ManThe Long Ride, and One Man’s Justice.

James Arness made every ‘Gunsmoke’ actor feel special

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