Google+ Cinema Viewfinder: James Arness

Friday, June 3, 2011

James Arness

by Tony Dayoub

"Go ahead and take it, Jim. You're too big for pictures. Guys like Gregory Peck and I don't want a big lug like you towering over us. Make your mark in television."
           - John Wayne, advising close friend Arness—who feared being typecast—to take the role of Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke.

The television series ran from 1955 - 1975.

Recommended Films - Battleground, The Thing from Another World, Hondo, Island in the Sky

Recommended TV - Gunsmoke

1 comment:

le0pard13 said...

Fine tribute and recommendations, Tony. James Arness was very much part of my growing up with his films and Gunsmoke series. Thanks.