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The Best Gunsmoke Actors

Updated March 31, 2021 1.9k votes 199 voters 3.0k views25 items

List RulesVote up your favorite actors based on their performances on Gunsmoke. Only main and supporting cast members - no guest stars.

As great as the Gunsmoke cast was, surprisingly few of the show's actors were ever recognized for their work on the show. Though some of the famous actors on Gunsmoke, this long-running show, were nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards, there were a large amount of actors who were overlooked for their performance on one of the best western TV shows of all time.

That's why you'll have the chance here to help determine the best actors on Gunsmoke, whether they were ever nominated or not. Memorable Gunsmoke character actors such as James Nusser, who played Louie, or George Selk, who played Moss, made it the kind of show that could last 20 seasons.

You'll find a list of many of the regular and leading actors on Gunsmoke and have the chance to help decide which are the best. Just scroll through the list and vote up your favorite Gunsmoke actors and actresses and watch as they compete for the title of the best actor on the show.

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  • Primetime Emmy Awards
    Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series (1957, 1958, 1959)

    • Characters: U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1923-2011)
    • Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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    #786 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History#11 of 162 The Greatest Western Movie Stars#180 of 349 The Best TV Actors And Actresses Of All Time

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    Golden Globes
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor - Television (1972) 

    Primetime Emmy Awards
    Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama (1968 - Win)

    • Characters: Galen "Doc" Adams
    • Age: Dec. at 76 (1904-1980)
    • Birthplace: Burrton, Kansas, USA
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    • Characters: Festus Haggen
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1916-1991)
    • Birthplace: Lamar, Colorado, USA
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    Golden Globes
    Best Supporting Actress (1970, 1971, 1972)

    Primetime Emmy Awards
    Best Supporting Actress (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series (1959)

    • Characters: Kathleen "Kitty" Russell
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1929-1989)
    • Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA
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