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'Gunsmoke' star James Arness dies, aged 88

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James Arness has passed away at the age of 88.

The Gunsmoke actor died of natural causes, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Arness starred in more than 30 different films, including a number of Gunsmoke TV movies.

Famous for his height, the actor was 6 foot, 7 inches tall.

Gunsmoke premiered on September 1955 and ran for 20 years, making it one of the longest-running primetime series ever.

It was reported in 2009 that CBS would be reviving Gunsmoke as a television show once again.

Arness was a good friend of actor John Wayne. In fact, Wayne helped Arness secure the role on Gunsmoke after turning it down himself.

Arness was the brother of Mission: Impossible actor Peter Graves, who passed away in March 2010.

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