This landmark adult Western centered on Marshal Matt Dillon of Dodge City. John Wayne turned down the lead, suggesting James Arness (who remained for its entire run). Originating on radio (with William Conrad as Dillon), it moved to TV in September 1955. Its popularity spawned a number of copycats, but none would enjoy the longevity (and few the consistent quality) of this classic.
Chongra, Dobie Crimps, Emery, Franks, Harry Obie, Jed Rascoe, Jim Graham, Mule Skinner, Obie, Orly Grimes, Price, Telegrapher, Titus
Clay Tynan, Daniel Shay, Dibble, Eben Luken, Ed Vail, Jed Frazer, Les Dean, Roland, Roland Daniel, Ross, Ruxton, Sheriff Bo Harker, Smith, Spear, Trafton, Travers, Waco Thompson
Blacksmith, Bodine, Deputy Reed, Doak, Fletcher, Fry, Guthrie, Herk, Hulett Strunk, Jake, Jake Craig, Nicols, Sheriff Jackson, Simeon Reed, Wales, Wells
Abraham, Bear, Deeks, Grant Lyle, John Stryker, Lamoor Underwood, Luke, Luke Brazo, Rucker, Sholo, Townsend, Walt Clayton, Zack, Zack Johnson
Aikens, Badger, Brother, Carr, Ed, Frankie, Garr, Leroy, Moses Reedy, Oakley, Smitty
Ash, Bull Foot, Cody, Elton, Gulley, Lon, Macklin, Pappy, Simms, Talley, Townsend
Band, Hector Lowell, Lucas Murdoch, Ordman, Pack Landers, Pierre, Pierre Audubon, Prange, Specter, Titus Spangler
Bender, Dooley, Gideon Hale, Henry, Jessup, Lambert, Praylie, Rory Luken, Watney
Harry Carey Jr.
Amos Brody, Colridge, Grant, Jake, Jim, Kelliher, Nathan Cade, Roniger
Barkeep, Charlie, Clint Marston, Horn, Mokey, Tooley, Wagoneer, 3rd Stage Man, Doctor, Station Attendant
Ben Rawlins, Carpenter, Carver, Gainier, Gray, Luke Rumbaugh, Sheriff Shackwood, Wes Cameron, Williams
Ben Stearman, Charlie Dent, Keys, Nellis, Okie, Slick Regan, Wayne, Wellman
Amos Campbell, Fitzpatrick, Jim Forbes, Timothy Fitzpatrick