It takes a special kind of lawman to carry on for 20 years in the Wild West of TV.
Matt Dillon, the mythical marshal of Dodge City, stood tall — all 6 feet, 6 inches of him — on "Gunsmoke" from 1955 to 1975. He outlasted dozens of other Western heroes while making history on TV's longest-running dramatic series, a record that held until NBC's "Law & Order" tied the CBS Western's record in 2010.
"The 12-25-2014 Gunsmoke white Christmas episode with children and Santa Claus at the Long Branch was great. Miss Kitty said to Matt "Marry Christmas Cow Boy" and gave him a kiss on the cheek.
I was ..."
– Clinton Bender, A Fan,
Wessington Springs, SD, Dec 27, 2014
"Still watch Gunsmoke and really enjoy it. To me he was a gentle giant."