Actor James Arness died Friday at the age of 88. Arness was the star of the television series Gunsmoke, a western that was on the air from 1955 to 1975. Yes, that’s right, it was the longest-running drama on American TV, and Arness was Sheriff Matt Dillon.
James Arness was also known for his roles in the science fiction classics Them! and The Thing (the original, not the Kurt Russell one).
Read the obituary from The Hollywood Reporter.
On his official site, James Arness left a message, thanking his fans posthumously.