View Full Version : actor James Arness Dies at Age 88

06-03-2011, 05:02 PM

James Arness, the 6-foot-6 actor who towered over the television landscape for two decades as righteous Dodge City lawman Matt Dillon in "Gunsmoke," died Friday.
He was 88.

story (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/06/03/gunsmoke-star-james-arness-dies-at-age-88/)

because of his height he was also selected to star in a sic fi movie that's always been one of my favs. he was the thing


RIP marshall dillion

06-03-2011, 06:09 PM
Goodbye Matt...

Thanks for everything..........and say hello to Dennis and Amanda and Milborne, wilya?

We'll never forget you......:(

Bubba Dawg
06-03-2011, 08:23 PM
I loved Gunsmoke. RIP Marshall Dillon. :(

06-03-2011, 08:27 PM
I loved Gunsmoke. RIP Marshall Dillon. :(

Gunsmoke is on TV Land.

06-03-2011, 10:19 PM
RIP, he was a giant of a man---literally.

06-04-2011, 11:31 AM
Rest in peace Marshall Dillon.


06-04-2011, 11:38 AM

Arness wanted to be a naval fighter pilot, but he felt his poor eyesight would bar him. His height of 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) ended his hopes, since 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) was the limit for aviators. Instead, he was called for the Army and reported to Fort Snelling, Minnesota in March 1943.

Arness served as a rifleman with the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division, and was severely wounded during Operation Shingle, at Anzio, Italy.

According to James Arness An Autobiography, he landed on Anzio Beachhead on January 21, 1944 as a rifleman with 2nd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division. Due to his height, he was the first ordered off his landing craft to determine the depth of the water; it came up to his waist.

On January 29, 1945, having undergone surgery several times, Arness was honorably discharged. His wounds continued to bother him, and in later years Arness suffered from acute leg pain, which even prevented him from mounting a horse.

His decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart; the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.