Posted 5/24/2021 22:11 (#9023251 - in reply to #9022401) Subject: RE: Gunsmoke? Chester or festus?
Cleveland, MS. Own small farm near Booneville, MS
One of the reasons many of the later shows focused so much on the supporting cast was due to James Arness' arthritis. From what I have read he was really suffering in his later years. If you've ever watched any of the follow-up movies you can tell he's having a hard time getting around. Amanda Blake (Miss Kitty, born Beverly Louise Neill, 2/20/29,) died in 1989 (age 60) of liver failure caused by viral hepatitis. She was a heavy smoker and once had surgery for oral cancer. Arness was 6 years older than Miss Kitty but outlived her by several years. He was a Bronze Star and Purple Heart veteran of WWII. Was a member of the force that landed at Anzio. His younger brother was Peter Graves (Mission: Impossible). Arness died in 2011 (age 88).