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American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston.


Genre television western
Composer Jerry Goldsmith
Country of origin United States of America
Number of episodes 635
Number of seasons 20

About Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke, the iconic Western television series that aired from 1955 to 1975, was a groundbreaking show that set the standard for the genre. Created by John Meston and developed by Norman Macdonnell, Gunsmoke was based on a radio program of the same name that had been on the air since 1952. The show followed the adventures of Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) as he kept the peace in the rough-and-tumble town of Dodge City, Kansas, in the late 1800s.

Gunsmoke was notable for its gritty realism and its willingness to tackle tough social issues. The show's writers explored topics such as racism, poverty, and violence, and the characters were complex and nuanced. Arness's portrayal of Dillon was a key factor in the show's success; he brought a quiet strength and a sense of moral authority to the role that made him a beloved figure to generations of viewers.

Gunsmoke was also notable for its longevity; it ran for 20 seasons and 635 episodes, making it one of the longest-running shows in television history. The show's popularity was due in part to its strong ensemble cast, which included Amanda Blake as saloon owner Miss Kitty, Milburn Stone as Doc Adams, and Ken Curtis as Festus Haggen.

Despite its success, Gunsmoke was not without controversy. Some critics accused the show of glorifying violence and perpetuating negative stereotypes of Native Americans and other marginalized groups. However, the show's creators and cast defended their work, arguing that they were trying to tell honest stories about a difficult time in American history.

In the end, Gunsmoke remains a beloved classic of American television, a show that helped define the Western genre and set the standard for quality storytelling on the small screen. Its legacy can be seen in countless other shows and movies that have followed in its footsteps, and its influence continues to be felt today.


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Main cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


88 years, 1 month,


49 years, 1 month, 1 day

Born first

5 July 1904

Died first

12 June 1980

Born last

11 February 1936

Died last

6 September 2018

Other cast and crew

Supporting cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


102 years, 9 months, 2 days


48 years, 10 months, 6 days

Born first

14 July 1902

Died first

27 June 1961

Born last

17 August 1974

Died last

9 July 2022

American actress Angie Dickinson

Angie Dickinson

American actress

American actress Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn

American actress

American actor Nick Nolte

Nick Nolte

American actor

American actor  Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell

American actor

American actor Jon Voight

Jon Voight

American actor

American actress  Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson

American actress

American actor Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott

American actor

actor and author Katharine Ross

Katharine Ross

actor and author

American actor Adam West

Adam West

American actor

actress and director Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

actress and director

American actress and singer Barbara Eden

Barbara Eden

American actress and singer

American actor George Kennedy

George Kennedy

American actor

American actor  John Saxon

John Saxon

American actor

American actress Diane Ladd

Diane Ladd

American actress

American actor Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss

American actor

American singer-actress Lesley Ann Warren

Lesley Ann Warren

American singer-actress

American actress Vera Miles

Vera Miles

American actress

Canadian actress and dancer Ruta Lee

Ruta Lee

Canadian actress and dancer

American actress  Mariette Hartley

Mariette Hartley

American actress

American actor  Lee Majors

Lee Majors

American actor

American actor Jan-Michael Vincent

Jan-Michael Vincent

American actor

American actress Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit

American actress

Athlete and actor Chuck Connors

Chuck Connors

Athlete and actor

American actor  John Astin

John Astin

American actor

American actor and director Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

American actor and director

American actress Joyce Bulifant

Joyce Bulifant

American actress

American actor Bruce Dern

Bruce Dern

American actor

American actress from the United States June Lockhart

June Lockhart

American actress from the United States

American actor  Ned Beatty

Ned Beatty

American actor

American actress Sherry Jackson

Sherry Jackson

American actress

American actress, painter Eve Plumb

Eve Plumb

American actress, painter

American actor Tom Skerritt

Tom Skerritt

American actor

American actor Sid Haig

Sid Haig

American actor

actress, voice actress Pamelyn Ferdin

Pamelyn Ferdin

actress, voice actress

Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan

Fionnula Flanagan

Irish actress

American actress Michael Learned

Michael Learned

American actress

American actor Herb Vigran

Herb Vigran

American actor

actor Ricardo Montalbán

Ricardo Montalbán


American actor William Hopper

William Hopper

American actor

American actor Clint Howard

Clint Howard

American actor

American actress Kay Lenz

Kay Lenz

American actress

American actor Russ Tamblyn

Russ Tamblyn

American actor

American actress Bonnie Bartlett

Bonnie Bartlett

American actress

American actor Dabbs Greer

Dabbs Greer

American actor

American actress  Sharon Farrell

Sharon Farrell

American actress

American actress Susan Olsen

Susan Olsen

American actress

American actor Gerald McRaney

Gerald McRaney

American actor

American actor and singer, recording artist Richard Chamberlain

Richard Chamberlain

American actor and singer, recording artist

American actress Salome Jens

Salome Jens

American actress

American actor Robert Pine

Robert Pine

American actor

American actor, science fiction and suspense writer Bruce Boxleitner

Bruce Boxleitner

American actor, science fiction and suspense writer

American actor Joseph Campanella

Joseph Campanella

American actor

American actress; President of the SAG Kathleen Nolan

Kathleen Nolan

American actress; President of the SAG

American actress Lisa Eilbacher

Lisa Eilbacher

American actress

American actress  Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett

American actress

actress Nina Foch

Nina Foch


American actress Nancy Olson

Nancy Olson

American actress

American actor  Yaphet Kotto

Yaphet Kotto

American actor

American actor  L. Q. Jones

L. Q. Jones

American actor

American actor Fredd Wayne

Fredd Wayne

American actor

actor Darren McGavin

Darren McGavin


American actress Maree Cheatham

Maree Cheatham

American actress

American actor and painter Nehemiah Persoff

Nehemiah Persoff

American actor and painter

American actress May Heatherly

May Heatherly

American actress

American film actor  Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

American film actor

American actor Rance Howard

Rance Howard

American actor

American actress Katherine Cannon

Katherine Cannon

American actress

actress Charlotte Stewart

Charlotte Stewart


American actor Mike Connors

Mike Connors

American actor

American actor Martin E. Brooks

Martin E. Brooks

American actor

American actress Barra Grant

Barra Grant

American actress

American actress Pamela Payton-Wright

Pamela Payton-Wright

American actress

American actress Susan Batson

Susan Batson

American actress

actor Edgar Buchanan

Edgar Buchanan


American actress Vitina Marcus

Vitina Marcus

American actress

American actress Jolene Brand

Jolene Brand

American actress

American actor Martin Kove

Martin Kove

American actor

American actor Harold Gould

Harold Gould

American actor

American actress Nellie Bellflower

Nellie Bellflower

American actress

American character actor Jack Albertson

Jack Albertson

American character actor

American actress Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

American actress

actor Roy Thinnes

Roy Thinnes


actor, singer Jimmy McNichol

Jimmy McNichol

actor, singer

American actress Jere Fields

Jere Fields

American actress

American actor  Lyle Waggoner

Lyle Waggoner

American actor

actress Lois Nettleton

Lois Nettleton


American actor Richard Mulligan

Richard Mulligan

American actor

American actor Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

American actor

American actor John Beck

John Beck

American actor

American actor Michael Parks

Michael Parks

American actor

former actor; oil and natural gas business  James Drury

James Drury

former actor; oil and natural gas business

actor Daniel J. Travanti

Daniel J. Travanti


American actor Parker Stevenson

Parker Stevenson

American actor

American actor  Alex Cord

Alex Cord

American actor

American actor  Bo Hopkins

Bo Hopkins

American actor

American actor James Gammon

James Gammon

American actor

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