Originally Posted by GAC
Passed away in his sleep of natural causes.
His show was a regular staple in our household growing up for years. My Dad loved it. When it came on you made no noise in the living room, and you especially didn't sit in Dad's chair.
Quality TV for sure.
And by all accounts a Quality person as well.
I've read that because of his war wounds that caused him to limp, any scenes requiring Arness to walk any distance were usually filmed early in the day, before his limp became worse as a result of pain.
As a kid, we only got one TV channel, an NBC affiliate, so I didn't grow up watching Gunsmoke on CBS. When I think of Arness I usually first picture him as "Zeb Macahan", his character on How The West Was Won. R.I.P.