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James Arness-Rides off in the Sunset-really brief clip!

James King Arness (May possibly 26, 1923 — June 3, 2011) was an American actor, best identified for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke for 20 years. His younger brother was actor Peter Graves. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Marshal Matt Dillon in 5 separate decades: 1955 to 1975 in the weekly series, then in Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) and 4 more produced-for-Tv Gunsmoke movies in the 1990s. In Europe Arness reached cult status for his role as Zeb Macahan in the western series How the West Was Won.

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