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Friday, June 3, 2011

RIP James Arness 1923-2011

Gunsmoke's Marshall Matt Dylan, James Arness has died at age 88. Arness, who had a long and very successful Hollywood career, was of Norwegian descent, born in Minneapolis Minnesota, brother of actor Peter Graves, and a US Army Veteran serving in WWII in the Italian Campaign.

His Service decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart; the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

Arness never won an Emmy nor an Oscar, but a Bronze Star had to rate high.

He was a tall man, standing 6ft 7in, which is much taller than the average Hollywood actor.

All flags 1/2 mast please for James King Arness.


Anonymous said...

Gunsmoke=great show. Thought he resembled John L. Walsh. RJT

Anonymous said...

Walsh more handsome

Miss Kitty said...

I agree.

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