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Old 06-03-2011, 01:54 PM
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Default James Arness "Matt Dillon" dead at 88.



Dennis Weaver even at 6'2" looks like a little kid next to James Arness at 6' 7".


For us older folks, James Arness and Gunsmoke was a weekly event.

http://watching-tv.ew.com/2011/06/03...gunsmoke-died/

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What a great guy. God rest his soul.
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Just a good 'ol boy........RIP
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Met him years ago at a gov't computer expo--he was a BIG man and a hell of nice guy even in that kind of setting.

Another one of America's greatest generation--
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he prob would have lived to 89 if he didnt spend all his time down at the long branch jumpin miss kittys bones-- just sayin
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RIP.....Gunsmoke was a great show.
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Originally Posted by Bayslayer View Post
RIP.....Gunsmoke was a great show.

Yes it was. I should look for the box set like my Rifleman set. All 168 episodes.
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RIP.....Gunsmoke was a great show.
One of my favorites back in the day when we had THREE CHANNELS
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RIP.....Gunsmoke was a great show.
Yup, & he was my hero!
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Jeeze...........maybe some day we're all gonna die
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A lot like John Wayne, who was a good friend of his.....unfortunately they just don't make them like that any more.....
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Loved the show. Mr. Dillon it's me Chester
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In my best Festus impersonation.......... Maathewwwwwwwwwwwww . RIP James Arness
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The show is still on where I live. I watch episodes whenever I can. Each show is filled with American moral values. I have two grandchildren on the way and I hope to watch the show with them when they get old enough to understand.
They will probably be sent home and suspended from elementary school for 1) defending themselves against bullies, or 2) carrying a penknife for "whittling".
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One of my favorites back in the day when we had THREE CHANNELS
and they played the National Anthem right after the 10 o'clock news and went off the air. Then you got to watch the "termite races" until they came back on at 6AM--in BLACK & WHITE.

My kids still can't believe only 3 channels and no color--and no Family Guy.
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I'm not a big fan of paying tribute to guys on TV but....

He suffered all his life for injuries sustained in service to this country. Extreme enough to prevent him from being able to even mount a horse.

His decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (machine gun wound at Anzio), the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. God bless you for your service.
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An American icon who will be
greatly missed. RIP
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He also was the monster in "The Thing from another another world"
I saw that movie when I was a kid, he also is on TV everyday here. I still watch it almost every day, think I have seen every show they made of "Gun Smoke" He is kind of like John Wayne, Their will never be another like him. RIP Matt
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I never knew he was in the service.
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There was a recent interview on Sirius radio. I always enjoyed watching him, listening to him on the radio. The interview reinforced the impression I got from watching/listening to him. Never forgot to thank the fans,kind, soft spoken. Need more like him.
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