Premise

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.

Cast

Guest Stars

Shug Fisher
Chongra, Dobie Crimps, Emery, Franks, Harry Obie, Jed Rascoe, Jim Graham, Mule Skinner, Obie, Orly Grimes, Price, Telegrapher, Titus
Victor French
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
Gregg Palmer
Blacksmith, Bodine, Deputy Reed, Doak, Fletcher, Fry, Guthrie, Herk, Hulett Strunk, Jake, Jake Craig, Nicols, Sheriff Jackson, Simeon Reed, Wales, Wells
Morgan Woodward
Abraham, Bear, Deeks, Grant Lyle, John Stryker, Lamoor Underwood, Luke, Luke Brazo, Rucker, Sholo, Townsend, Walt Clayton, Zack, Zack Johnson
Rex Holman
Aikens, Badger, Brother, Carr, Ed, Frankie, Garr, Leroy, Moses Reedy, Oakley, Smitty
John Crawford
Amos Strange, Biggs, Blanchard, Eaton, Loy, Muller, Norman Wilson, Pinto, Torbert, Yates
Anthony Caruso
Ash, Bull Foot, Cody, Elton, Gulley, Lon, Macklin, Pappy, Simms, Talley, Townsend
Jack Elam
Band, Hector Lowell, Lucas Murdoch, Ordman, Pack Landers, Pierre, Pierre Audubon, Prange, Specter, Titus Spangler
Royal Dano
Bender, Dooley, Gideon Hale, Henry, Jessup, Lambert, Praylie, Rory Luken, Watney
Jonathan Lippe
Alex Rawlins, Brant, Cody, Kyle, Monte, Rope, Roper, Sonny, Wallace
Denver Pyle
Black Jack Haggen, Chummer, Claudius, Cyrus, Judge, Larker, Nash, Pa Ginnis, Rand
Warren Vanders
Bo Harper, Bones Cunningham, Densen, John Thenly, Lefty, Miller, Pete, Reb, Ridge Sadler, Wat
Harry Carey Jr.
Amos Brody, Colridge, Grant, Jake, Jim, Kelliher, Nathan Cade, Roniger
Fred Coby
Barkeep, Charlie, Clint Marston, Horn, Mokey, Tooley, Wagoneer, 3rd Stage Man, Doctor, Station Attendant
Gene Evans
Anderson, Billy, Bodie Tatum, Charlie Hacker, Evans, Hacker, Jess Hume, Will
Jeremy Slate
Ben, Ben Rodman, Hargis, Jess Ayley, Judd Ward, Scanlon, Tom Scanlon, Web
Jim Davis
Ben Rawlins, Carpenter, Carver, Gainier, Gray, Luke Rumbaugh, Sheriff Shackwood, Wes Cameron, Williams
Ken Swofford
Bo, Bronk, Dirk, Dunbar, Harry, Loomis, Speer, Sugar John
Tom Reese
Ben Stearman, Charlie Dent, Keys, Nellis, Okie, Slick Regan, Wayne, Wellman
Robert Brubaker
Bartender, Floyd, Jake Hawkins, Jim Buck, Murphy
Robert Sorrells
Augie, Cloudy, Grady, Handley, Hickory, J.W. Hicks, Mike, Oakes, Zachary
Roy Barcroft
Cotter, Jonas, Pop, Roy
Tom Simcox
C.V. Fletcher, Curly, Frank, Jed/Ben, Rance Woolfe, Seth, Tom, Web
Warren Oates
Chris Kelly, Deke, Hakes, Lafe, Seth Pickett, Speeler, Tate, Tresh
Sam Melville
Croyden, Garvey, Lt. Snell, Nebo, Wade Pasco, Zack Hodges
Charles Kuenstle
2nd Cowboy, Bernie, Hank McCall, Kelly, Lonnie, Luke, Valjean, Wilton
Pete Kellett
Biggs, Brawler, Hodad, Mac, Monk, Shotgun, Stony
William Bramley
Adam Haley, Anderson, Cane, Hank, Henry, Loomis, Miller, Turner
Claude Akins
Ad Bellam, Howard Kane, McLane, Solis, Sweeney, Sy, Tucker
Don Keefer
Floyd Babcock, Milty Sims, Nally, Newspaper Editor, Rankin, Turner, Wally
Eddie Firestone
Carl Wilkins, Hap, Hotel Clerk, Red Bailey, Weevil
Jacqueline Scott
Abelia, Ada, Anne, Francie, Stella Damon
L.Q. Jones
Brady, Gecko Ridley, Kittridge, Nix, Skinner, Wally
Lane Bradford
Bob, Bradford, Davis, Follet, Gant, Joe Eggers, Reese
Patti Cohoon
Hanna, Hanna Kincaid, Maria Farrell, Mary, Ronilou, Wendy Milligan
Bob Random
Billy, Bishop, Jay Proctor, Reb, Scott Murdoch, Tom Clark, Verlyn
Anthony James
Chickenfoot, Elbert, Elbert Moses, Loyal Yewker
Cliff Osmond
Ben Sommars, Bo Remick, Chunk, Daniel, Tom Macomb
Dan Ferrone
Dan Ross, Honker, Jeb, Otis Fletcher, Tahrohon
Forrest Tucker
Adam Benteen, Brad McClain, Charron, Sergeant Holly, Sgt. Holly, Will Donavan
H.M. Wynant
Brewer, Cornet, Meade, Relko, Sage, Smith
Jeanette Nolan
Emma Grundy, Sally Fergus, Thede
John Dehner
Ben Galt, Caleb Marr, Hardy Tate, Luke, Scanzano, Wall
John Kellogg
Henry Decker, Leo Pitts, Sheriff Wood, Silva, T.R. Stark
Katherine Justice
Beth, Clarabelle, Doris, Lydia
Ken Mayer
eD, Greenwood, Pudge, Shad, Timmons, Tiplett
Louise Latham
Claire Gentry, Emilie Sadler, Joan, Louise, Phoebe, Polly Cade
Miriam Colon
Indian Woman, Mora, Paulette, Paulette Duvalier, Shona
Nehemiah Persoff
Alejo, Alex Skouras, Ben Rando, Dano, Pinto, Tim Driscoll
Ramon Bieri
Big Thicket, Doyle, Forbes, Jarvis, John Sontag, Musgrove
Rayford Barnes
Carl Dahlman, Flack, Grebbs, Jellicoe, Lee, Litton
Slim Pickens
Beal, Bucko, Charlie, Charlie Utter, Colley
Robert Totten
Ben Miller, Cleavus Lukens, Corley, Eli Snider, Tully, Walker
George Lindsey
Billy, Charlie Clavin, Orville, Pinto, Skeeter, Yaeger
Read Morgan
Bartender, Brown, Dan Slade, Lieutenant, Pete Moreland, Roy Gast
Dennis Cross
Colley, Dutton, Jinks, Norm, Three Hand, Zeb Butler
Allen Jaffe
Gresley, Gunman, Jack Dawn, Johns, Ryan, Webster
Lane Bradbury
Allie, Florence, Lucky, Merry
Lew Brown
1st Cowboy, Frank, Frank Holtz, Nace, Pete Elder, Smith
Ollie O'Toole
Clerk, Harvey - Telegrapher, Herb, Postmaster, Telegrapher
Ben Wright
Father Thom, Harris, Pate, Ross, Sgt. Pickens
Dub Taylor
Farnum, Noah Riker, Rev. Finney Cox, Starr
Eric Braeden
Carl Jaekel, Sinclair, Talley
George Keymas
Deering, Harry Crane, Pardee, Polk, Tobin
Harry Lauter
Henry Rucker, Kelly, Kyle Terry, Leach, Michael Drennan
Harry Townes
Abihu Howell, Hale Parker, Howell, Malachi, Tobe
I. Stanford Jolley
Beecher, Grandpa, Jeb Perkins, Mims, Tilman
James Almanzar
Artola Larralde, Indio, Mako, Morell, Ogana
James Anderson
Bert Case, Hager, Hiller, Jesse Hill
James Stacy
J.J. Honegger, Johnson, Rider, Yankton
John Saxon
Cal, Gristy Calhoun, Manez, Tebbetts, Virgil Stanley
Karl Swenson
Dill, Hubert, Lars, McGovern, McGruder
Ken Lynch
Jess Bradman, Lucas, McKee, Seeber
Mills Watson
Brent, Crazy Harley, Currie, Fred, Hood
Paul Fix
Doc Lacey, Greenwood, Sr., Sam Bartell, Sloan
Robert Knapp
Clayton, Dan Foley, Dukes, Surgeon, Warren
Roy Jenson
Jeff Higgins, Keller, Larnen, Rath, Troy
Strother Martin
Ben Snow, Billy, Bunch, Timble
Tom Skerritt
Ben, Edmund, Frye, Garth, Orv
Warren Kemmerling
Conductor, Phillips, Sheriff
William Fawcett
1st Stage Man, Bert Fraley, Hawkins, Nebs, Turner
William Schallert
Capt. Grant, Cordelius, Ezra Thorpe, Jess, Spence
Steve Raines
Briggs, Driver, Driver #1, Trail Boss, Wagon Driver
Hal Baylor
Boomer, Grody, Luke Summers, Railroader, Toke
Edmund Hashim
Brock, Jackson, Johnny Barnes, Lone Wolf, Monk Wiley
Orville Sherman
Preacher, Smith, Warden, Wib, Wib Smith
Ben Cooper
Breck, Pitt, Taylor
Beverly Garland
Claire Hollis, Leah Brunson, Lee Stark, Leona
Bruce Dern
Guerin, Judd, Lou, Phleger
Clay O'Brien
Caleb, Runaway / Tuttle, Tuttle, Tuttle Kinkaid
Clifton James
Sam Wickes, Teek, Tenner Jackson
David Huddleston
Arno, Asa, Emmett, Goodpastor
Ed Nelson
Cury, King, Perce McCall, Seth
Eddie Little Sky
Goriko, Indian, Scarface, The Indian
Frank Marth
Leitner, Loveday, Martin Blake, Wickes
Hank Brandt
Clint, Hank, John Lipon
Harry Morgan
Jed, John Milligan, Osgood Pickett
Jack Lambert
Brice, Gar, Garth, Locke
James Chandler
Gov. Martinson, Preacher, Reverend Keller
James Whitmore
Amos Campbell, Fitzpatrick, Jim Forbes, Timothy Fitzpatrick
John McLiam
Bender, Delphos, Sam Kinney, Stableman
Julie Sommars
Bess, Elsie, Gert, Sara
Kenneth Tobey
Ed Terrall, Fickett, Mathison, Spadden
Kevin Coughlin
Billy Joe, Calvin, Elton, Tom
Kevin Hagen
Emmett, Hobie, Judge, Kelly
Leonard Nimoy
Arnie, Grice, Holt, Walking Fox
Linda Watkins
Abby Shadler, Ma Carp, Mattie, Mrs. Dorf
Lloyd Nelson
Clergyman, Dundee, Jury Foreman, Welch
Lou Antonio
Kane, Mace, Rich, Smiley
Paul Stevens
Moshe, Rev. Mr. English, Wolfe
Percy Helton
Arbuckle, Duffer, Mr. Early
R.G. Armstrong
Anderson, Benter, Creed, Moonercan
Robert F. Simon
Hutchison, Jessup, Price, Will
Robert Hogan
Adams, Capt. Darnell, Captain Darnell
Roy Engel
Ed Greeley, Sandor, Tibbett
Sam Edwards
1st Wolfer, Morff, Stage Driver, Travis
Scott Marlowe
Britt, Ed, Lon Blane, Serpa
Steve Forrest
Cord Wrechen, Morgan, Scott Coltrane, Will Mannon
Steve Ihnat
Ben, Farron, Frank Reardon, Jack
Ted Gehring
Boyd, Holtz, Keno, Lemuel
Virginia Gregg
Ess, Jessie Copperton, Miss Howell, Phoebe
Vito Scotti
Indiana, Savrin, Torreon
Walter Burke
Elko, Hager, Judge Brooker, Willie
Walter Sande
Cal Hoskins, Caldwell
Zalman King
Billy Coe, Joey, Muley, Willy Groom
Arthur Peterson
Arny, Drunk, Judge Brooker
Garry Walberg
Anson, Dekker, Hatcher, Toby
Peggy Rea
Dress Shop Owner, Mrs. Roniger, Rosey
Dorothy Neumann
Customer, Emily Cushing, Mrs. Bales, Mrs. Finney
Bill Erwin
Juror, Snood, Wright
Conlan Carter
Ben, Bodiddly, Jeff, Logan Dagget
Harold Innocent
George, Smith - Clerk, Tommy, William
Phil Chambers
2nd Stage Man, Beckwith, Farmer, Ned Shields
Ned Glass
Old Man, Pink, Ritchie, Web
Nora Marlowe
Ma Dagget, Ma Fowler, Mrs. Perkins, Passenger
Leonard Stone
Corley, Davey, Price, Wiley
Harry Bartell
Charlie Fess, Gus, Harper, Sheriff
Howard Wendell
Judge, Judge Lucious C. Brooking
Regis Cordic
Reverend, Sheriff Crane, Sheriff Grimes
Wallace Rooney
Binney, Dan Binney, Dan Binny
Willard Sage
Cantwell, Corly Watts, Mel, Walker
Albert Salmi
Ed, Holly, Willis Jeeter
Angela Clarke
Carrie, Mrs. Crabbe, Topsanah
Anthony Zerbe
Heraclio Cantrell and Father Hernando Cantrell, Nick, Talbot
Arch Johnson
Barnaby, Feester, Ponder
Ben Johnson
Crown, Hannon, Vern Morland
Bing Russell
Henry Head, Rolfing, Walsh
Dack Rambo
Cyrus Pike, Ira Pickett
Darren McGavin
Gorman, Helmick, Joe Bascome
David Brian
Cavanaugh, Clay White, Nelson
Diane Ladd
Bonnie Mae Haley, Elena, Lulu
Earl Holliman
Boone Shadler, Hackett, Will
Eric Shea
Billy, Mike Jarvis, Timmy
Ford Rainey
Embry, Storekeeper, Tate
Glenn Corbett
Dan Collins, Hargraves, Phoenix
Harold Gould
Boake, Shindrow
Harold J. Stone
Horace Kelk, Jeff Sutro, Rambeau
Harry Dean Stanton
Leader, Rainey, Young Man
Henry Beckman
Dr. Rhodes, Sunday, Thaddius McKay
J. Edward McKinley
Hatcher, Peck, Rancher Bishop
Jack Albertson
Danny Wilson, Lucius Prince, Moses Darby / Joshua Finch
James Gregory
John, Judge Strom, Wes Martin
Jodie Foster
Marieanne, Patricia, Susan
John Beck
Albert Vail, Mitch, Moody Fowler
John Pickard
Forbes, Phelps, Poole
Jon Voight
Cory, Petter, Steven Downing
Larry D. Mann
Bakman, Gamble, Prichard
Lee de Broux
Fuller, Quincannon, Tim
Lisa Gerritsen
Christina, Nettie, Tracey
Michael Burns
Arlie Joe, Dale Stonecipher, Eric Tabray
Peter Jason
Bob Pope, Colt Gentry, Cully Haimes
Richard Anderson
Coltraine, Gregorio, Samuel
Richard Kiley
Bohannan, Lewis Stark, Will Stambridge
Robert Pine
Ben Gentry, Eliot Proctor, Jeffery Lyle
Ruth Roman
Flo, Maggie Blaisedell
Sharon Farrell
Annie, Belle, Lottie Foy
Stuart Margolin
Brownie, John Mophet, Sheriff
William Bryant
Bennett, Kester, Marshal Cooter
William Windom
Ira Spratt, Paul Hill, Sharky
Johnnie Whitaker
Shem, Willie, Willie Hubbard
John Milford
Blair, Papa Steiffer, Pinto
Sam Gilman
Bates, Gilcher, Gunther
X Brands
Chief, Renegade Indian, Singleton
Ron Hayes
Boyd Avery, Mayers, Sorrell
June Dayton
Emily, Martha Sprague, Phoebe
Joanne Linville
Beulah, Elizabeth Devon, Susan Bart
Gail Kobe
Ellie Decker, Grace, Madge
Alex Sharp
Jack, Nickols, Rustler
Ann Barton
Beth Miller, Millie, Mrs. Boake
Herman Poppe
Clarence Carver, Luke
Nina Roman
Amy Lee, Nancy, Rita
Pamela Dunlap
Ada, Ada Coleman, Susan Hurley
Andy Clyde
Poney Thompson, Squires
Buddy Ebsen
Drago, Quimby
Charlotte Stewart
Jenny, Sarah Merkle
David Wayne
Judge Warfield, Reverend Byrne
Eileen Heckart
Athena Partridge Royce, Hattie
Gerald McRaney
Lonnie Colby, Pete Murphy
Henry Jones
Cagle, L. Luther Gross
Ilka Windish
Rosita, Vera Stonecipher
James Best
Charlie Noon, Dal
James McCallion
Amos Billings, Mr. Fletcher
Jason Evers
Collie Patten, Harden
Jess Walton
Kattalin Larralde, Patricia
Kurt Russell
Buck Henry, Packy
Leo Gordon
Badger, Job Snelling
Loretta Swit
Belle Clark, Donna
Paul Picerni
Ganns, The New Marshal
Peggy McCay
Pene, Mrs. Cooter
Rance Howard
Frank Benton, Judge Franklin
Rico Alaniz
Blacksmith, El Pinon
Russ Tamblyn
Billy Waters, Walters
Salome Jens
Josephine Burney, Katherine
Sid Haig
Cawkins, Wade Hanson
Todd Armstrong
John Eagle Wing, Johnny August
Trevor Bardette
Clete Walker, Finn Pickett
Wayne Rogers
Brack, Stretch
Hal Needham
Cowboy, Renegade Indian #3
Natalie Masters
First Gossip, Mrs. Botkin
Mitzi Hoag
Clara Remick, Polly
Jon Lormer
Judge Clairborne, Judge Claybourne
Jack Bailey
Ben Leary, Judge Brooker
David Renard
Chico Fuentes, Mexican Policeman
Donald Losby
Bryant, Thomas Scanzano
Ed Bakey
Bright, Stackpole
Ed McCready
Fred Remick, Freight Agent
Gail Bonney
Mrs. Hawkins, Mrs. Peary
Jackie Russell
Annie Franklin, Bar Girl
Jon Kowal
Rancher, Shamrock Casey
Cicely Tyson
Rachel Biggs
Holly Bane
Frank (as Mike Ragan)
Hugh Sanders
Thede Carson
Jack Betts
Cowboy (as Hunt Powers)
Jean Arthur
Julie Blane
Jim Backus
Reverend Sims
John Kerr
Lute Willis
Med Flory
Sheriff Van Werkle
Ralph Bellamy
Sheriff Bassett
Roy Thinnes
Ab Singleton
Sam Elliott
Cory Soames