Gunsmoke Meet The Cast

The Gunsmoke Cast

  • Ken Curtis

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:

Favorite Matt and Kitty Clips

Here are some humorous clips of Matt Dillon and Ms. Kitty.

John Wayne Introduces the First Episode of Gunsmoke

Supposedly, John Wayne was offered the role of Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke. He turned it down and suggested that James Arness be offered the role. The rest is history!   … [Continue reading]

What Happened to the Cast of Gunsmoke TV?

Ever wonder what became of the cast of Gunsmoke? What this excellent video and you will probably learn many things that you did not know before. There is even pictures of Dodge City and the Long Branch Salon as it existed in the 1880's. Very … [Continue reading]

Interesting Pictures

Some interesting pictures I ran across on Pinterest Ken Curtis Army WWII 1943-1945 source. Ms. Kitty on Set source. James Arness and Son Craig source. Glen Strange … [Continue reading]

How Did Amanda Blake Die?

amanda blake

There seems to be some confusion on how Amanda Blake (who played Miss Kitty) actually died. An article in the LA Times on August 17, 1989 prints this: Actress Amanda Blake, the earthy Miss Kitty who ran the Longbranch Saloon on the long-running … [Continue reading]

Gunsmoke Episode with a Young Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell plays Packy Kerlin who is a runaway seeking his mother in Dodge. He meets a man on the run and they travel to Dodge together. Even as a youngster, he does well in his acting. Check it out: … [Continue reading]

Kity Kills a Killer

In this episode of Gunsmoke, Kitty and another man shoots and kills a killer. The dead man's brother is seeking out everyone connected to the killing in order to kill them. Take a look:   … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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]

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