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The Best Gunsmoke Actors 

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Updated July 29, 2019 868 votes 140 voters 2.1k views 25 items

List Rules Only main and supporting cast members - no guest stars. Vote based on their performances on Gunsmoke.

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 leading characters on 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 character actors such as James Nusser, who played Louie on Gunsmoke, 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 for your favorite Gunsmoke actor or actress and watch as they compete for the title of the best actor on the show.

 

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James Arness is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gunsmoke Actors
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Primetime Emmy Awards
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, USA, Minnesota

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Milburn Stone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gunsmoke Actors
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Golden Globes
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: USA, Kansas, Burrton

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Ken Curtis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gunsmoke Actors
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Ken Curtis (born Curtis Wain Gates, July 2, 1916 – April 28, 1991) was an American singer and actor best known for his role as Festus Haggin on the CBS western television series Gunsmoke. Although he appeared on Gunsmoke earlier in other roles, he was first cast as Festus in season 8 episode 13, 12/8/1962 "Us Haggins". His next appearance was Season 9, episode 2 as Kyle Kelly, in "Lover Boy". Curtis joined the cast of Gunsmoke permanently as Festus in "Prairie Wolfer", season 9 episode 13, in 1964. ...more on Wikipedia

Characters: Festus Haggen

Age: Dec. at 75 (1916-1991)

Birthplace: USA, Lamar, Colorado

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Amanda Blake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gunsmoke Actors
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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: USA, Buffalo, New York

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