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James Arness

Born: 1923-05-26 - Died: 2011-06-03
Cause of Death:
Heart Failure

Death Summary: James Arness died from heart failure in his sleep at his Brentwood CA home, according to his business manager.

Who was James Arness : Arness was an actor, who was best known for playing Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, a role which lasted for 20 years. He had the privilege of playing the same character over 5 different decades.
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  1. d. britton Says:

    December 21.2011

    ” i am so sorry to hear about James Arness’s death. I want to say he was a good man to me he was my hero in the Gunsmoke series over the years.
    Be at peace sir you have earn that. God bless you and your family.
    God with your family always.
    rest in peace.

  2. tommy hill Says:

    i loved gunsmoke and matt dillion he was one of the great and will be very truly missed rest in peace mr arness (marshall)

  3. Bowie Hamilton Says:

    “Gunsmoke” was one of the best ever. It’s timeless. James Arness’s integrity, honest, and heroism shined through in his performance. “How The West Was Won” was only fantastic when the plot revolved around James Arness. They were so good when he was the main character. The world would be a better place with more men like James Arness. I’m sure his family has wonderful memories.

  4. Ernie Lawrence Says:

    he was one of the best , love him all his movies, and gunsmoke

  5. Clint Says:

    At 6’6″ Mr. Arness you was bigger than life and are still big even in death !!! RIP

  6. Ken baker Says:

    I have all of the gunsmoke seasons, they are my favorites,

  7. Ken baker Says:

    Kenneth baker

  8. Charles A. Bing Says:

    I watched gunsmoke weekly for almost 20 yrs. from the beginning….I still watch it almost every day.

  9. Thomas William Tesh Says:

    Mr. Arness You were a great Actor, and a Fine Man, I have all your episodes, My preference is the Older Black and White, May God Bless You Janet, and the Family, I have been a Peace officer all my Life, and much I learned from Matt-Mr. Arness. Thank You all for the Legacy Mr. Arness Left Us, Thomas W. Tesh, Germanton N.C. 336-661-9672

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  11. Troy Doyle Says:

    Our Prayers are with the family.We loved his shows.

  12. Robert Harris Says:

    Very consistent actor=very good

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  14. gail wyatt Says:

    Marshall Dillon! I remember trying to outdraw you as a very young girl! NEVER could beat you. RIP

  15. roy ingram Says:

    will be remembered

  16. Ray Campbell Says:

    Marshal Dillon, I grew up watching you, will always remember you as Matt, rest in peace

  17. Bobby Alexander Says:

    We lost a great American. I was a fan of the great man from the beginning of his career until his death. Rest in peace.

  18. Edward A Rodenberger Says:

    One of the worlds finest actors,,, the world will miss you

  19. Bob Kirkwood Says:

    God bless.

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