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Dennis Weaver
Television Q&A: 'Gunsmoke's' gunfire tally; when will shows return?

You have questions. I try to have answers. Q: I am an avid "Gunsmoke" fan and was wondering if you could find out how many times Matt Dillon has been shot, and how many people he has shot and killed. I think James Arness died about two years ago but how many of the original cast are still alive? A: According to several "Gunsmoke" references online, Matt Dillon the marshal that James Arness played was shot more than 50 times during the series' 20-year episodic run and its reunion movies. (I am including only TV shootings, not ones from the radio version, where William Conrad gave voice to Dillon.) Although I have seen different totals, the best estimate appears to...

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