Friday, June 3, 2011

R.I.P. James Arness

More sad news. Minneapolis-born iconic actor James Arness has passed away at the age of 88.

He was best known for his role as Marshal Matt Dillon in 'Gunsmoke,' one of the longest-running prime-time series in network TV history, and my 86 year old dad's special favorite. We have many warm memories of watching that show together.

However, for me, I will always best remember Mr. Arness for the shudders he gave me in Howard Hawks' The Thing From Another World, and as the hero of Them!--two of the greatest science fiction thrillers ever made.

You're terribly missed already, Jim.,0,1034881.story

1 comment:

  1. Nicely said.James still entertains me daily on Encore Western channel.Although that picture as "the Thing" drew me to this blog!