Thu, 05/26/2011

Happy Birthday to Gunsmoke star James Arness!

ArnessHappy birthday to actor James Arness (born May 26, 1923) who turns 88 today! Best known for his longtime portrayal of Marshal Matt Dillon on the classic Western series Gunsmoke, the publicity-shy star was interviewed by the Archive of American Television in 2002. Here's a playlist of highlights from his insightful two-and-a-half hour interview:

The entire interview is available at

For more about the TV legend, here's a link to James Arness' official website.