AP Picture James Arness, best well-known for playing Marshal Matt Dillon on "Gunsmoke," has actually passed away. The actor passed ameans on June 3, 2011, at the age of 88, from natural causes, according to a short article on his webwebsite.
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AP Picture Dennis Weaver as Chester, left, and also James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon in scene from CBS TV classic western "Gunsmoke." The display ran from 1955-1975.
AP Picture Actor James Arness is seen in a June 1, 1987, photo.
Getty Images Actor James Arness and also his wife, Janet, pose for a photograph in their garden in 1995 in Brenttimber, Calif. Arness, best known for playing Marshal Matt Dillon on "Gunsmoke," passed away on June 3, 2011, at the age of 88, from natural causes, according to a write-up on his website.
AP Photo/CBS Arness is shown in this undated publicity photo as Marshal Matt Dillon in "Gunsmoke."
AP Photo/CBS-TV/file In this 1967 file photo originally released by CBS, James Arness, illustrating Marshal Matt Dillon, left, is shown through Rictough Evans, in a scene from "Gunsmoke."
AP Photo/Krista Niles, file In this May 13, 2002, file photo, actor Jim Arness, finest recognized for his role as Marshal Matt Dillon of "Gunsmoke," is shown at his home in the Brenttimber section of Los Angeles.
AP Photo/Wally Fong, file In this March 20, 1973, file photo, actor James Arness of the television series "Gunsmoke" holds the "Man of the Year" award in broadspreading from the Hollytimber Radio and Television Society, in Los Angeles.
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AP Photograph, file/CBS In this 1967 file photo initially released by CBS, actor James Arness, portrays Marshal Matt Dillon in a scene from the CBS-TV series "Gunsmoke."