Gunsmoke Meet The Cast

The Gunsmoke Cast



If you are too young to remember the original episodes of Gunsmoke, don’t worry. There are many places where you can find reruns or even purchase DVD’s of the classic show. Watching it today is still very relevant with interesting story lines.

This show ran for 20 years for pete’s sake from 1955 to 1975 with 635 episodes. With many of today’s “one and dones”, this seems almost incredible. So what did this show have to make it so popular? No doubt there were great writers. But surely the cast was what brought viewers back time and time again. Here is a run down of the most popular cast members (you can read in depth biographies by clicking on the name).

James Arness

Played Marshall Matt Dillon of Dodge City, KS. It is not known if he appeared in every episode but he did stay with the show for the entire 20 years. It is not widely known that Arness was injured in the leg during a battle at Anzio. If you watch closely, there are instances where he appears to have difficulty mounting his horse – the old injury never went completely away. Read more….

Amanda Blake

Known to everyone as Ms. Kitty, she was the owner of the Long Branch salon in Dodge City. Although there was never any explicit proof that she and Matt Dillon had a relationship it was sometimes implied. She appeared in 19 of the 20 seasons that Gunsmoke was on the air. Tragically, she died of AIDS in 1989 at the age of 60. Read more…

Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver played Chester Good who was an assistant to Matt Dillon. He appeared in 9 seasons from 1955 to 1964. Although he appeared with a stiff leg, he was actually a good athlete appearing in decathlon’s and track. At one point he was president of the Screen Actors Guild, USA. Read more…

Milburn Stone

He played Doc Adams, the only doctor in the town of Dodge City, KN. He acted in all 20 seasons. Doc and Chester always had good natured fun that came out comical. He passed away in 1980 at the age of 75. Read more…

Here is a short video with scenes from the first season of Gunsmoke:

Matt Dillon Gets a Visit From an Old Flame

Matt Dillon is surprised when Cara, and old flame from 12 years ago, shows up in Dodge. It appears that she is there for sentimental reasons but something is just not right.

It seems that she has a suspicious past and is in Dodge for a sinister reason. Take a look:

Gunsmoke Episode Where Chester Nearly Dies

In this episode of Gunsmoke, Chester is dragged at the end of a horse by a couple of thugs. When Marshall Dillon finds him, he is barely alive. Doc Adams tends to Chester but is worried. Marshall Dillon finds the two culprits and puts them in jail. … [Continue reading]

Leonard Nimoy on Gunsmoke

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy performed on Gunsmoke just before he became famous as Dr. Spock in the TV series Star Trek. In the Gunsmoke episode, he played an American Indian fur trader. His best friend was killed in Dodge and he comes up with an ingenious plan to … [Continue reading]

Did James Arness and Amanda Blake Have a Relationship?

There is no evidence that James Arness and Amanda Blake had an off screen affair.  Amanda Blake had five husbands the last of which was bisexual and was thought to have given her AIDS from which she died at age 60. On screen, Matt Dillon and Miss … [Continue reading]

Matt Dillon Gets Shot

Matt Dillon is shot and critically wounded by a super fast gunman who had just shot and killed another sheriff. The gunman stays in Dodge while Matt recovers and then they meet again. … [Continue reading]

Festus – A Better Singer Than Talker?

Festus Haggen

We have all seen Festus (Ken Curtis) talk on the Gunsmoke TV series. He manages to get the words out but it seems to be a struggle. Here is an example:   But did you know that Ken Curtis was a singer before he became an actor? He sang … [Continue reading]

Gunsmoke – The Eighth Season

Gunsmoke Cast

A Look at the Eighth Season of Gunsmoke The eighth season of Gunsmoke was the second season of the one hour format. Prior to that, it was only one half hour. The longer time was an asset to the series because there was more time to develop more … [Continue reading]

Any Gunsmoke Actors Still Alive?

Buck Taylor

The TV series Gunsmoke aired for 20 years from 1955 to 1975 which is pretty incredible. Most of the original cast members have passed on including James Arness who played marshal Matt Dillon who died at the age of 88. But a few cast members are still … [Continue reading]

Name This Actor

Ken Curtis

He was born on July 2, 1916 in Colorado. His father was the sheriff of Bent County. His family lived above the jail and his mother cooked for the prisoners. He was initially a singer who sang with The Sons of the Pioneers and later with the Tommy … [Continue reading]