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James Arness Legendary Western Actor Dies Aged 88


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James Arness, the legendary American actor who played 'Dodge City' lawman 'Matt Dillon' for over two decades, has died aged 88. James Arness, known for his towering height of 6-foot 6-inches, passed away at his home in Brentwood, California, reports the Associated Press.

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Gunsmoke Legend James Arness Dead At 88


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Legendary TV cowboy James Arness has died, aged 88.

The actor played Marshall Matt Dillon in beloved TV western series Gunsmoke.

The Minnesota-born World War Two hero was the older brother of actor Peter Graves, who encouraged Arness to seek out a career in showbusiness after he was discharged from the army with leg and foot injuries sustained in battle.

He became an announcer at a Minneapolis radio station and later found fame in Hollywood after following a friend out to Los Angeles to find work in the movies.

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Gunsmoke Legend James Arness Dead At 88


James Arness

Legendary TV cowboy James Arness has died, aged 88.

The actor played Marshall Matt Dillon in beloved TV western series Gunsmoke.

The Minnesota-born World War Two hero was the older brother of actor Peter Graves, who encouraged Arness to seek out a career in showbusiness after he was discharged from the army with leg and foot injuries sustained in battle.

He became an announcer at a Minneapolis radio station and later found fame in Hollywood after following a friend out to Los Angeles to find work in the movies.

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Wagner To Break 50-Year Barrier


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Soap opera veteran HELEN WAGNER has been rewarded with a spot in the Guinness Book Of World Records for portraying the same character in a TV show for 50 years. The 87-year-old star followed a basic strategy to keep her long-lasting role as matriarch NANCY HUGHES on CBS daytime soap As The World Turns. She says, "They kept offering me a contract, so I kept doing it. And they kept writing things for me, so I kept saying them. I didn't think about leaving or not leaving." The only other actors to rival Wagner's title as the longest-running US TV character played by a single actor are James Arness of GUNSMOKE and Kelsey Grammer of Frasier, with 20 years in their respective roles.

Island In The Sky Review


Very Good
For the longest time, I didn't think anything was going to happen in Island in the Sky. In fact, the very title implies that nothing is going to happen: I figured a big bomber would be flying around during WWII, drop a few bombs on Dresden or something, maybe hit some resistance, and finally return home after a successful run over Germany.

Was I wrong: Island in the Sky takes place mostly on the ground, after a transport plane (piloted by Captain Dooley, played by John Wayne in an exemplary role) crashes in the frozen wilds of Newfoundland. The film -- after a good 40 minutes of useless exposition -- spends the bulk of its time dealing with their attempts to be rescued.

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Them! Review


Good
Who doesn't love a giant ant movie? Who? Them! is at once high camp and a decent monster flick, thanks to a good-sized budget for sets and the dulcet voice of Edmund Gwenn, as a scientist who's on hand to explain to the military -- with educational films, even -- why ants in the New Mexico desert have suddenly grown to a thousand times their normal size. (Hint: A-bombs!) Eventually we know they'll have to go after the queen, just another big puppet that looks hysterically bad (and is really the only bad special effect in the film). But along the way we are treated to Gwenn, screaming at a cop with a machine gun to "Get the antennas! He's helpless without them!" Priceless.
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