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 * Although set in Dodge City, Kansas (and obviously filmed in Studio City and Simi Valley, California), the only cast member to actually hail from Kansas was Milburn Stone.

* The original "outdoor" Gunsmoke film sets located at Big Sky Ranch in Simi Valley, California, were also later used for the filming of Little House on the Prairie.
* Some outdoor scenes were shot at "Old Vegas", a now-demolished Western-themed amusement park in Henderson, Nevada. The property is now a housing development, also named "Old Vegas".

* Gunsmoke (episode "Fandango" from 1967) is one of the television programs that can be heard in the background of Pink Floyd's 1979 LP The Wall.


*Denver Pyle was also asked to play Matt, can you imagine Uncle Jesse as Matt Dillon?

* The series, and specifically the town of Dodge City, was parodied in the 1966 film Carry On Cowboy. The film, the eleventh in the hugely successful Carry On series, was set in the fictional town of Stodge City.

 

 * At 20 years and 633 episodes, the longest-running American prime-time drama TV series to date. (2008)

* It was originally produced for the CBS Television Network by Filmcrafters at the Producers Studio (now the Raleigh Studio). Around 1960, CBS took over production and moved it to KTLA Studios, then owned by Paramount Pictures. Around 1963 production was moved to CBS Studio Center, formerly Republic Studios, where it remained for the rest of the show's run. Starting around 1970, CBS produced it in association with The Arness Company (James Arness). Originally syndicated by CBS Films and then by its successor, Viacom, now Paramount Television.

* James Arness and Milburn Stone are the only two regulars to stay with the show for its entire 20-year, 633-episode duration on CBS.

* The series was the final film project of Glenn Strange.

* Slated to be canceled in 1967 due to low ratings, but then-CBS president William Paley reversed the decision. He moved the show from Saturdays to Mondays (cancelling "Gilligan's Island" (1964) in the process), placing it back in the Nielsen's Top Ten (Paley and his wife were both big fans of the show).

* Rumor has it that Rex Koury had so little time to pen the theme song that he hastily scribbled it while in the bathroom. It was originally written for "Gunsmoke" when it was a radio show and later adapted for TV.

* "Gunsmoke" was created by writer John Meston and producer Norman MacDonnell as a radio series that premiered on CBS in 1952. Many of the early television episodes are adaptations of Meston's radio scripts. The radio series ran for more than 400 episodes and lasted until 1961.

* When a replacement for Dennis Weaver was needed when he was leaving the show it was director Andrew V. McLaglen's suggestion that Ken Curtis be brought in for a tryout as Festus Haggen in a few episodes. McLaglen had directed Curtis in a similar role in an episode of "Have Gun - Will Travel" (1957). Festus was given the job of deputy to make him different from Weaver's character of Chester Good (who was never a deputy).

* The series was set in the 1870s. Kansas entered the Union in 1861. The Marshals Service provided local law enforcement in territories, not in states. The duties Matt Dillon performed would have been handled by a town Marshal or county sheriff (in this case, Ford County). Each state (or federal court district) had one US Marshal, who was in charge of all the Deputy US Marshals in that particular jurisdiction; Matt Dillon would have been a Deputy US Marshal.

* The actress originally offered the part of Miss Kitty, Polly Bond (aka Polly Ellis), turned it down due to her recent (at the time) marriage to actor Tommy Bond in 1953.

* This show, along with "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (1955) helped launch a great era of the TV western. Westerns became so popular on TV that by the end of the 1950s, there would be as many as 40 Westerns in prime time.

* Originated in a 30-minute format, later expanding to 60 minutes.

 

According to a TV Guide article published in the August 23, 1975 issue (just before the show left the air), 26 actors screen-tested for the role of Matt Dillon. William Conrad (voice of radio's Matt Dillon) was one, but didn't look the part. Raymond Burr sounded great, but according to producer-director Charles Marquis Warren: "he was too big; when he stood up his chair stood up with him" (Burr later lost considerable weight to play Perry Mason)). John Pickard almost made it, but did poorly in a love scene with Kitty (he later guest-starred a few times in various roles). Warren and producer Norman MacDonnell stoutly denied that they even considered major film star John Wayne - but they went with James Arness, who looked and sounded a LOT like Wayne. When Arness was reluctant to take the role, Wayne persuaded him and even agreed to introduce the first episode.

* According to commentary by James Arness on the DVD Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Edition, Volume 1, when Arness and his family sat down in 1955 to watch the first episode of the series, they had no idea that John Wayne had filmed the intro that told viewers they would likely have to get used to "his good friend, Jim Arness" because Gunsmoke was a Western that was "adult" in its approach and appeal. Arness was stunned and very pleasantly surprised.

* According to commentary by Dennis Weaver (Chester Goode) on the DVD Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Edition, Volume 1, when the producers of Gunsmoke realized that the audience would question why handsome, leading-man-type Weaver never carried a gun to "come to the aid of Mr. Dillon" each week, the producers asked Weaver to create a minor disability for Chester that would justify his non-violent approach to life in Dodge. After contemplating and struggling with the idea over a weekend, Weaver showed up to the set the following Monday and demonstrated Chester's now-famous straight-legged limp. The producers barely blinked as they told Weaver the limp would work out just fine.

* James Arness and John Wayne, who hired Arness to work with him at Republic Pictures and who recommended Arness for the role of Matt Dillon, were both born on May 26.

* During the first year of filming the TV series, Milburn Stone reportedly did not like James Arness. However, roughly a year into the series, the two developed an amicable relationship and actually got along quite well for the run of the series.

* Amanda Blake, after retiring from Gunsmoke, became an animal-rights' activist. She founded a shelter for homeless animals that, unlike most animal shelters, does not kill animals but rather keeps them alive.

* Amanda Blake, who was briefly married to a man who died of AIDS-related complications, also died of AIDS-related viral hepatitis, although at first, her death was reported as being due to a relapse in the cancer from which she had suffered and that had earlier gone into remission.

* Ken Curtis (nι Curtis Wain Gates), who had been married to director John Ford's daughter, Barbara, from 1952 to 1964, had been a member of the now-famous Ford stock company before joining Gunsmoke, appearing in many of Ford's movies, in some, displaying his professionally trained singing voice. In real life, Curtis spoke quite eloquently and based the country twang of Festus on a man named Cedar Jack, whom Curtis' town-sheriff father often arrested and jailed in their small hometown of Las Animas, Colorado when Cedar Jack would come to town and get drunk. The family lived above the jail (Curtis' mother, Nellie, cooked for the prisoners), and Curtis gained much exposure to interesting characters he could later fold into his performances. Curtis began his career singing for Tommy Dorsey. He went on to do a short stint in Hollywood during the singing cowboy era before joining Ford's stock company and taking on more dramatic roles, the most famous of which is that of Charlie McCorry in The Searchers.

* George Kennedy played his first "lead guest star" role in an early, half-hour episode of the show. He has remarked that as a 6' 4" actor, it was a delight to play scenes with the 6' 7" Arness and the 6' 3" Weaver.

* James and Janet Arness devote much of their philanthropic efforts to United Cerebral Palsy.

* The episode {20/12} "Island In the Desert" {part 2} has a date of 1873 spoken by Festus.

* The episode {14/26} "Exodus 21:22" has a date of 1874 on a gravestone.

* The episode {14/24} "The Good Samaritans" has a date of June 12, 1875, which is seen on Dillon's commission and also on a deathbed-statement letter.

 

*Gunsmoke had one spinoff series, Dirty Sally, a semi-comedy starring Jeanette Nolan and Dack Rambo as an old woman and a young gunfighter leaving Dodge City for California in order to pan for gold. The program lasted only thirteen weeks and aired in the first half of 1974, a year before Gunsmoke itself left the air.

* The Episode {14/7} "9.12 to Dodge" and episode {14/17} "Mannon" tells of a war "ten Years ago" {i.e. The US Civil War} implying a date of 1875.

* The episode {20/8} "The Fourth Victim" is similar to a modern Police drama in that citizens of Dodge City are being killed by a mad killer.

* After being defeated by the good guys, badmen might stereotypically be commanded to "get the hell out of Dodge." It turned into youth slang in the mid-1960s, and became common by the 1970s.

* The entire first verse of the Toby Keith song "Should've Been a Cowboy" refers to the romance between Matt and Kitty, and expresses the opinion that Kitty would have married Matt if he had only asked.

* Author David Gallaher cites Gunsmoke as a major influence in his werewolf western webcomic series High Moon, here: http://high-moon.blogspot.com/2007/10/high-moon-back-cover-of-my-notebook.html

* The hand holding the gun in the opening sequence is that of Johnnie One Feather, who would frequently appear on-camera as Arness' stunt double and occasionally as a villain.
 

The longest running western of all time ran twenty years from 1955-1975 on CBS started originally as a radio show featuring William Conrad as Matt Dillon.  It starred James Arness as Matt Dillon. Originally it was half-hour black and white episodes going to an hour long in 1961. The last nine seasons were filmed in color. A total of 633 episodes of Gunsmoke were made. 

John Wayne did the introduction for the first Gunsmoke.
 
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He was asked to play Matt Dillon but didn't want to get tied down to television.

“ Good evening. My name's Wayne. Some of you may have seen me before; I hope so. I've been kicking around Hollywood a long time. I've made a lot of pictures out here, all kinds, and some of them have been Westerns. And that's what I'm here to tell you about tonight: a Western--a new television show called Gunsmoke. No, I'm not in it. I wish I were, though, because I think it's the best thing of its kind that's come along, and I hope you'll agree with me; it's honest, it's adult, it's realistic. When I first heard about the show Gunsmoke, I knew there was only one man to play in it: James Arness. He's a young fellow, and maybe new to some of you, but I've worked with him and I predict he'll be a big star. So you might as well get used to him, like you've had to get used to me! And now I'm proud to present my friend Jim Arness in Gunsmoke. ”

— John Wayne in the teaser of the very first
Gunsmoke TV episode, "Matt Gets It."

The television series ran from September 10, 1955 to March 31, 1975 on CBS for 635 episodes. Until 2005, it was the longest run of any scripted primetime series with continuing characters in American primetime television.

Conrad was the first choice to play Marshal Dillon on TV, having established the role, but his increasing obesity led to more photogenic actors being considered. Losing the role embittered Conrad for years, though he later starred in another CBS television series, Cannon (1971–1975). Denver Pyle was also considered for the role, as was Raymond Burr who was ultimately seen as too heavyset for the part. According to a James Arness interview, John Wayne was offered the role, but wouldn't do it; Wayne was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and at that time, working in television was seen as a huge step down in prestige for a star actor.

In the end, the primary roles were all recast, with James Arness taking on the lead role of Marshal Matt Dillon upon the recommendation of John Wayne, who also introduced the first episode of the series; Dennis Weaver playing Chester Goode; Milburn Stone being cast as Dr. Galen "Doc" Adams; and Amanda Blake taking on the role of Miss Kitty Russell, owner of the Long Branch Saloon. MacDonnell became the associate producer of the TV show and later the producer. Meston was named head writer. Arness, in his role on Gunsmoke, achieved what no other actor at the time had ever matched: he played the same character on the same scripted series for 20 years - at the time the longest uninterrupted period a primetime actor had played the same role in the same show.

In 1963, singer/character actor Ken Curtis did a guest role as a shady ladies' man. After Weaver left the series to venture out as the lead in his own TV series, Kentucky Jones, Curtis was added to the show's lineup. He played the stubbornly illiterate Festus Haggen, a character who came to town (in an episode titled "Us Haggens") to avenge the death of his twin brother, Fergus Haggen, and another brother, Jeff Haggen, and who decided to stay in Dodge when the deed was done. Initially existing on the fringes of Dodge society, Festus Haggen was slowly phased in as a reliable sidekick to Matt Dillon and was eventually made a deputy. Interestingly, his twin was never again mentioned on the show. In the episode "Alias Festus Haggen," he is mistaken for a robber and killer whom he has to expose to free himself (both parts played by Curtis). In a comic relief episode ("Mad Dog"), another case of mistaken identity forces Festus to fight three sons of a man killed by his cousin. Other actors who played Dillon's deputies for two and a half to seven-year stints included Roger Ewing (1966–1968) as Thad Greenwood and Burt Reynolds (1962–1965) as Indian/white Quint Asper. Buck Taylor, who played gunsmith Newly O'Brien from 1967–1975, also served as one of Dillon's deputies.

While Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty clearly had a close personal relationship, the two never married. In a July 2, 2002 Associated Press interview with Bob Thomas, Arness explained, "If they were man and wife, it would make a lot of difference. The people upstairs decided it was better to leave the show as it was, which I totally agreed with." The nearest that Matt and Kitty had to a romantic encounter was in a comic episode ("Quiet Day in Dodge"), where Matt, tired from a long day of settling disputes, was about to have dinner with Miss Kitty. However, she was distracted and found poor Matt sound asleep. Kitty ended up storming out of the room, furious. In another episode ("Hostage!", Season 18, Episode 13, December 11, 1972) Kitty was gravely injured. Matt spent hours at Kitty's side in Doc's office, holding her hand before she stirred and he knew he would not lose her. The Marshal took off his badge to pursue the bad guy as a personal vendetta. When Kitty awoke and Doc told her of Matt's mission she feared for his safety. As Doc reassured her, "The sun hasn't come up on the day that Matt can't take care of himself," Kitty answered, "I couldn't live without him."

In an episode ("Waste") featuring Johnny Whitaker as a boy with a prostitute mother, her madam questions Dillon as to why the law overlooks Miss Kitty's enterprise. It appears that bordellos could exist "at the law's discretion" (meaning the Marshal's).

The character Miss Kitty was written out in 1974, when Blake decided not to return for the the show's 20th (and final) season.

Format

From 1955 to 1961, Gunsmoke was a half-hour show (re-titled Marshal Dillon in syndication). It then went to an hour-long format. The series was re-titled "GUN LAW" in the UK.

Popularity

Gunsmoke was TV's No. 1 ranked show from 1957 to 1961 before slipping into a decline after expanding to an hour. In 1967, the show's 12th season, CBS planned to cancel the series, but widespread viewer reaction (including a mention in Congress and pressure from the wife of the head of programming at CBS) prevented its demise. The show continued on in a different time slot: early evening on Mondays instead of Saturday nights, canceling the popular Gilligan's Island in the process. This seemingly minor change led to a spike in ratings that saw the series once again reach the top 10 in the Nielsen ratings until the 1973–1974 television season. In 1975, the show was canceled after a twenty-year run. 30 Westerns came and went during its 20-year tenure. Gunsmoke was the only Western still airing when it was canceled.

Arness and Stone remained with the show for its entire run (although Stone missed seven episodes in 1971 due to illness and was temporarily replaced by Pat Hingle, who played "Doctor Chapman" while Doc Adams ostensibly left Dodge to further his medical studies on the East Coast).

The entire cast was stunned by the cancellation, as they were unaware CBS was considering it. According to Arness, "We didn't do a final, wrap-up show. We finished the 20th year, we all expected to go on for another season, or two or three. The (network) never told anybody they were thinking of canceling." The cast and crew heard the news in typical Hollywood fashion: they read it in the trade papers. (Associated Press, July 2, 2002, Bob Thomas)

Revivals

Gunsmoke Movie Collection (Return to Dodge/The Last Apache/To the Last Man) DVD



In 1987, many of the original cast reunited for the TV movie, Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge, filmed in Alberta, Canada. Ken Curtis declined returning, citing a contract dispute, saying, "As Dillon's right hand man, I felt the offer should approximate Miss Blake's." Instead, Buck Taylor became Dodge's new marshal, though the retired Matt Dillon was the hero. A huge ratings success, it led to four more TV films being made in the U.S. After Amanda Blake's death, the writers built on the 1973 two-part episodic romance of "Matt's Love Story", (which was noted for the marshal's first overnight visit to a female's lodgings). In the episode, Matt loses his memory and his heart during a brief liaison with "Mike" Michael Learned of The Waltons. In preserving the ethics of the era and the heretofore flawless hero's character, the healed Dillon returns to Dodge City. Movie number two, Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990), had Learned reprising the role of "Mike Yardley" to divulge that Matt and "Mike" conceived a daughter who is now a young woman named Beth. Other films (which all featured daughter Beth) included Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (1992), Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (1993), and Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994).

 Longevity

As of April 2008, two American series that have been poised to beat Gunsmoke's 20-year record are the animated sitcom The Simpsons, now in its 20th season, and the police procedural/courtroom drama Law & Order, now in its 19th year. The half hour Simpsons has been renewed for 2010-2011 and tied Gunsmoke for 20 seasons in September 2008. Gunsmoke, which ran a full hour through most of its run, still beats the comedy's total air time; Law & Order is also expected to be a possible 20-year survivor that could surpass Gunsmoke as the longest running American drama on television. Internationally, a number of British primetime dramas and comedies have beaten Gunsmoke, and Law & Order, including Last of the Summer Wine (35 years), Taggart (23 years), Casualty (21 years) and the longest running primetime scripted show, Doctor Who (30 seasons over 45 years).

Ratings

* 1956–1957: #8
* 1957–1958: #1
* 1958–1959: #1
* 1959–1960: #1
* 1960–1961: #1
* 1961–1962: #3
* 1962–1963: #10
* 1963–1964: #20
* 1964–1965: #27
* 1965–1966: #30
* 1966–1967: #??
* 1967–1968: #4
* 1968–1969: #6
* 1969–1970: #2
* 1970–1971: #5
* 1971–1972: #4
* 1972–1973: #8
* 1973–1974: #15
* 1974–1975: #28

Syndication

In syndication, the entire 20-year run of Gunsmoke is separated into three packages by CBS Paramount Television:

* 1955–1961 half-hour episodes: These episodes are sometimes seen in their original format and sometimes in the Marshal Dillon format. General syndication ended in the 1980s, but they do air occasionally on cable TV. Local stations (and, later, TV Land) would show the re-titled Marshal Dillon version of the series, while the series under the original Gunsmoke title was seen in the 1980s and early 1990s on CBN Cable and The Family Channel.
* 1961–1966 one-hour black-and-white episodes: These episodes have not been widely seen in regular syndication since the 1980s, although they did air on the Encore Westerns Channel on a three-year contract that ended circa 2006.
* 1966–1975 one-hour color episodes: These are the most widely syndicated episodes of the entire series' run and are still aired on many stations, including a popular run on TV Land.

 DVD releases

Certain episodes are available on DVD in two volumes. Twelve episodes from 1955 to 1964 were selected for the Gunsmoke: Volume I box set, and another twelve episodes from 1964 to 1975 were selected for the Gunsmoke: Volume II box set. Both are available on Region 1 DVD.

Paramount Home Entertainment released Season 1 on DVD in Region 1 on July 17, 2007. Season 2: Volume 1, which features the first 20 episodes of season 2 was released on January 8, 2008. Season 2: Volume 2, which features the last 19 episodes of season 2 was released May 27, 2008. Season 3: Volume 1, which features the first 20 episodes of season 3 is expected to be released on December 9, 2008.

Regular cast; major characters

* Matt Dillon (1955–1975): James Arness
* Doc Adams (1955–1975): Milburn Stone
* Kitty Russell (1955–1974): Amanda Blake
* Chester B. Goode (1955–1964): Dennis Weaver; left series to star in unsuccessful series Kentucky Jones
* Festus Haggen (1964–1975): Ken Curtis

Cast

* Clem (bartender; 1959–61): Clem Fuller
* Sam (bartender; 1961–73): Glenn Strange
* Rudy (bartender; 1965–67): Rudy Sooter
* Floyd (bartender; 1974–75): Robert Brubaker
* Quint Asper (blacksmith; 1962–1965): Burt Reynolds
* "Thad"—Deputy Marshal Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood (1965–1967): Roger Ewing
* Newly O'Brien (gunsmith; 1967–1975): Buck Taylor
* Wilbur Jonas (storekeeper, 1955–63): Dabbs Greer
* Howie Uzzell (hotel clerk, 1955–75): Howard Culver
* Moss Grimmick (stableman; 1955–63): George Selk
* Jim Buck (stagecoach driver; 1957–62): Robert Brubaker
* Louie Pheeters (town drunk; 1961–70): James Nusser
* Ma Smalley (boardinghouse owner; 1961–72): Sarah Selby
* Hank Miller (stableman; 1963–75): Hank Patterson
* Mr. Bodkin (banker; 1963–70): Roy Roberts
* Barney Danches (telegraph agent; 1965–74): Charles Seel
* Roy (townsperson; 1965–69): Roy Barcroft
* Halligan (rancher; 1966–75): Charles Wagenheim
* Mr. Lathrop (storekeeper; 1966–75): Woody Chambliss
* Nathan Burke (freight agent; 1966–75): Ted Jordan
* Percy Crump (undertaker; 1968–72): Kelton Garwood
* Ed O'Connor (rancher; 1968–72): Tom Brown
* Judge Brooker (1970–75): Herb Vigran
* Dr. John Chapman (1971): Pat Hingle
* Miss Hannah (saloon owner; 1974–75): Fran Ryan
* Angus McTabbott (1966): Chips Rafferty Australian actor


Quotes

"If I had known it would last this long, I would never have created the darn thing." — John Meston

"Our attempt to create as realistic and entertaining a program as possible is not, of course, the only one of its kind. But we did proceed and were on the air, trying, before the release of such pictures as High Noon and Shane." — John Meston

"We had a great childhood and boyhood. It was a wonderful time through those years. A lot of it was through the Depression years, when things were tough, but my dad always had a job. But I had a great time. I was kind of restless, and I had a hard time staying in school all day, so me and a few pals would duck out and go out on these various adventures." — James Arness, on growing up with brother, Peter Graves, of Mission: Impossible fame.

"I wouldn't care if they tattoo 'Festus' all over. He's been good to me." — Ken Curtis

"I'm really proud of Gunsmoke, We put on a good show every week—one that families could all watch together without offending anyone." — Ken Curtis

Notable guest stars

(partial list, alphabetical):

* Willie Aames, Jack Albertson, Mabel Albertson, Claude Akins, Chris Alcaide, Richard Anderson, R.G. Armstrong, Jenny Lee Arness, Jean Arthur, John Astin
* Edward Asner, Lew Ayres, John Drew Barrymore, Ed Begley, Ralph Bellamy, James Best, Dan Blocker, Randy Boone, Bruce Boxleitner, Eric Braeden
* Peter Breck, Beau Bridges, Morgan Brittany, Charles Bronson, Joyce Bulifant, Gary Busey,
* Sebastian Cabot, Frank Cady, Harry Carey, Jr., John Carradine, Conlan Carter, Jack Cassidy, Lee J. Cobb, Don Collier, Chuck Connors
* Mike Connors, Tim Considine, Pat Conway, Elisha Cook, Jr., Ben Cooper, Dennis Cross, Robert Culp, Royal Dano, Kim Darby, Bette Davis
* Jim Davis, Richard Deacon, Gloria DeHaven, John Dehner, Bruce Dern
* William Devane, Angie Dickinson, James Doohan, Richard Dreyfuss, Buddy Ebsen, Barbara Eden, Jack Elam, Sam Elliott, Paul Fix
* Jay C. Flippen, Constance Ford, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Anne Francis, Bert Freed, Victor French
* Beverly Garland, Leif Garrett, James Gavin, Melissa Gilbert, Harold Gould, James Gregory
* Kevin Hagen, Ron Hagerthy, Alan Hale, Jr., Mariette Hartley, Ron Hayes, Katherine Helmond, Earl Holliman, Ron Howard, Marsha Hunt
* Josephine Hutchinson, Dennis Hopper, John Ireland, Richard Jaeckel, Ben Johnson
* L.Q. Jones, Robert Karnes, DeForest Kelley, George Kennedy, Richard Kiley, Jack Klugman, Ted Knight, Diane Ladd, Martin Landau
* Allan Lane, Louise Latham, Anna Lee, June Lockhart, Jack Lord, Barton MacLane, Rose Marie, Scott Marlowe, Ross Martin
* Strother Martin, Darren McGavin, Howard McNear, Tyler McVey, Vera Miles, John Mitchum, Ricardo Montalban, Erin Moran, Harry Morgan
* Richard Mulligan, Diana Muldaur, Gene Nelson, Leslie Nielsen, Leonard Nimoy, Nick Nolte, Simon Oakland, Warren Oates
* Gregg Palmer (20 times), John Payne, Brock Peters, Slim Pickens, Suzanne Pleshette, Andrew Prine, Denver Pyle, Dack Rambo, Gilman Rankin
* Pernell Roberts, Wayne Rogers, Ruth Roman, Katharine Ross, Kurt Russell, Albert Salmi, John Saxon
* William Shatner, Tom Simcox, Robert F. Simon, Tom Skerritt, Jeremy Slate, Quintin Sondergaard, Aaron Spelling, Loretta Swit, Harry Dean Stanton, Gloria Talbott, Russ Tamblyn, Vic Tayback
* Dub Taylor, Forrest Tucker, Cicely Tyson, Robert Urich, Joan Van Ark, Lee Van Cleef, Joyce Van Patten, Robert Vaughn, Gary Vinson
* Jon Voight, Lesley Ann Warren, Ruth Warrick, David Wayne, Adam West, Johnny Whitaker, James Whitmore, Robert J. Wilke, Chill Wills, William Windom, Ian Wolfe, and Dana Wynter.

 

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