Trivia: Gunsmoke

  • The Danza: Howard McNear as Howard, general store clerk, in the TV version.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Dennis Weaver directed four episodes.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Before he was Marshal Dillon, James Arness was The Thing from Another World.
    • Chester Goode later became a marshal himself and moved to New York City. But not before having a run-in with a psychopathic truck driver.
    • A young Kurt Russell was in the first episode of season 10- who would later go on to star in a remake of one of Arness' prior films.
    • Howard McNear didn't become a regular cast member when the TV series was adapted, but he did get a few cameos.
    • Before moving to Chicago to work out of a newspaper office, Darren McGavin and Simon Oakland were in an outlaw gang that kidnapped Matt to use as a hostage.
      • McGavin earlier appeared as a group of stage passengers- along with Miss Kitty- who were kidnapped and held for ransom, as well as a hired gunslinger who goes straight after falling in love with a woman who saved his life.
    • Michael Ansara appeared as an Indian before he became a Klingon.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Modern viewers too young to remember the show when it first aired may recognize Festus as having being the actor who provided the voice of another Clueless Deputy — Nutsy the buzzard, in Disney's Robin Hood.
  • The Other Darrin: Various secondary characters were played by whoever was handy at the time- bank manager Mr. Botkin has at least three actors, sometimes rotating. The desk clerk at the Dodge House also rotated(occasionally with one of the men who played Mr. Botkin).
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  • What Could Have Been: Ken Curtis was offered a chance to be in the TV movie sequels, but declined to reprise his role as Festus, feeling that Miss Kitty should be in the spotlight with Matt instead. If he HAD taken the job, it'd would've been Festus serving as Dodge's marshal rather than Newly.