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'O'Horten' - Los Angeles Times
"O'Horten" is the latest film by Norwegian writer-director Bent Hamer, whose last film was "Factotum," the excellent Matt Dillon-starring adaptation of Charles Bukowski. But he is best known for the delicious "Kitchen Stories," a look at the lives of...
Sidekick city - Louisville Courier-Journal
NF, Rochester, NY Dear NF: There were two deputies to Marshal Matt Dillon during the radio and TV runs of "Gunsmoke." First came deputy Chester Goode, played by two different actors. In the radio version of the show, Chester was played by Parley Baer,...
Senior pitcher Matt Humphrey - UCA Sports
UCA (22-30) got a pair of home runs from both senior Dillon Smith and freshman Will Wagner and finished with 17 hits off four SIUE pitchers. Wagner went 3 for 6, including a double, with a career-high 4 RBI, while Smith went 2 or 4 with 4 RBI....
Saldana Takes Home Showdown Win for Kasey Kahne Racing - The Lincoln Tribune
In FASTRAK Late Model Series action, Austin Dillon took home the win in a black No. 3 as his grandfather Richard Childress looked on. Saldana started second on the outside of the front row in the 24-car field. He and Donny Schatz traded the lead back...
The Rookies - Coal City Courant
The rookies, as they've been called a time or two by their counterparts, include Matt Dillon, Kevin Jones and David Kasher. Police chief Keith Hefner, also in his first year with the department, has great things to say about his newest officers....
Bardot babe Tiffani Wood splits from husband Neil Cummins -
Tiffani will be making no further comment on this," her publicist Matt Dillon said yesterday. The couple were engaged for 18 months and the bride was in the third trimester of her pregnancy when they married near Byron Bay in a Moroccan-themed wedding...
Eliza Dushku Dating Hottie Rick Fox (Photo) - Post Chronicle
Actress Eliza Dushku, who has been linked to Matt Dillon and others, has reportedly been dating Vanessa Williams' ex-husband and former basketball pro Rick Fox. The 'couple' is apparently having a great time with each other and were spotted on dates...
Post 87 Junior HiToms swing for lofty goals - High Point Enterprise (subscription)
Also coming back this season are Kevin Sanders (HPCA), Matt Dillon (Trinity), Cameron Hendrix and Clint Ingram (Wesleyan Christian Academy), Alex Walters and Mike Whited (Ragsdale), Justin Lassiter (High Point Central), Brock Hudgens (SWG) and Sam...
Prep tennis roundup: Howards Grove rolls past Kewaskum - Sheboygan Press
4 — Dillon O'Brien, X, def. Adam Kellner 6-0, 6-3. Doubles: No. 1 — Colin Johnson/Michael Knabel, K, def. Nick Acosta/Cam Fiebig 6-7(4), 6-0, 6-3; No. 2 — Matt Biesterveld/Luke Dremel, X, def. Douwe VanderSchaaf/Austin Van Treeck 6-2, 6-1; No....
'New in Town' taps old tricks - Fresno Bee
"Gunsmoke: Season Three, Volume Two": James Arness portrays Sheriff Matt Dillon. "The Mod Squad: Season Two, Volume One": Peggy Lipton and Clarence Williams II star in this '70s police drama. "Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Series": The DVD includes 23...

Matt Dillon

Matthew Raymond Dillon (born February 18, 1964) is an Academy Award-, Golden Globe Award-, and BAFTA Award-nominated American actor. He began acting in the late 1970s, gained fame as a teenage idol during the 1980s, and developed a successful career as a mature actor in the decades following, culminating in an Oscar nomination for his performance in the movie Crash.

Matthew Raymond Dillon was born in New Rochelle, New York, to second-generation Irish American Catholic parents Mary Ellen, a homemaker, and Paul Dillon, a portrait painter and sales manager for Union Camp, a packing material manufacturer. Through his father, Dillon is related to comic strip artist Alex Raymond. Dillon has one sister and four brothers, one of whom, Kevin Dillon, is also an actor. Dillon grew up in Mamaroneck, New York and before dropping out in junior year he attended Mamaroneck High School.

In 1979, casting director Vic Ramos went to Mamaroneck High School and spotted Dillon cutting class. He asked Dillon to audition for a role, and Dillon made his film debut in the violent teen drama Over the Edge. The film received a regional, limited theatrical release in May 1979, and grossed only slightly over $200,000. Dillon's performance was well-received, which led to his casting in two films released the following year; the teenage sex comedy, Little Darlings, in which Kristy McNichol's character loses her virginity to a boy from the camp across the lake, played by Dillon, and the more serious teen drama, My Bodyguard, where he played a high-school bully opposite Chris Makepeace. The films, released in March and July 1980, respectively, were box office successes and raised Dillon's profile among teenage audiences.

Another of Dillon's early roles was in the Jean Shephard PBS special The Great American Fourth of July. The only available copies of this film are stored at UCLA, where a legal dispute makes it unavailable to the public.

In 1987, Dillon appeared briefly as a policeman in the music video for the song Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, a major hit in Ireland and the United Kingdom. In 1989, Dillon won critical acclaim for his performance as a drug addict in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy.

Dillon continued to work in the early 1990s with roles in movies like Singles (1992). He had somewhat of a career resurgence when he played Nicole Kidman's husband in To Die For (1995), as well as large roles in Wild Things (1998) and There's Something About Mary (1998), for which he received an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.

In 2002, he wrote and directed the film City of Ghosts, starring himself, James Caan and Gérard Depardieu. That same year he starred in Factotum, a film adaptation of an autobiographical work by Charles Bukowski. Two years later he received critical praise and earned a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe along with Oscar nominations for his role in Crash, a film co-written and directed by Paul Haggis. In 2005 Dillon co-starred in Disney's Herbie: Fully Loaded and on March 11, 2006 the actor hosted Saturday Night Live, where he impersonated Greg Anderson in a "SportsCenter" sketch, Rod Serling in Bill Hader's "Vincent Price St. Patrick's Day Special" sketch and played a redneck conman named Perdy Spotley in the recurring sketch "Appalachian Emergency Room".

Dillon's most recent role is in the comedy You, Me and Dupree, opposite Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson. The film opened on July 14, 2006. On September 29, 2006, Dillon was honored with the price Premio Donostia in the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Dillon is mentioned on Jeff Buckley's Live at Sin-é: Legacy Edition CD. On the fifth track Buckley mentions that he cut his hair because people thought he looked like Matt Dillon. Dillon also made voice acting in 1987 documentary film Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. He made his Broadway debut with the play The Boys of Winter in 1985.

Dillon also contributed his voice as Sal Paradise in Jack Kerouac's famous novel On the Road. In 2006, he narrated Once in a Lifetime.

Matt Dillon also made cameo appearance as detective in Madonna's Bad Girl music video which also stars Christopher Walken. Dillon also appeared in the music video of "Fairytale Of New York" by the Irish folk-punk band The Pogues playing a cop who escorts lead singer Shane MacGowan into the drunk tank.

As of 2007, the band Dinosaur Jr. hired Dillon to direct their new video and single "Been There All The Time", off of their upcoming album Beyond. He guest stars in The Simpsons episode "Midnight Towboy" and also appeared on an episode of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Matt has dated several prominent women of Hollywood, including actress Cameron Diaz and Diane Lane. Matt is the older brother of actor Kevin Dillon.

On December 30, 2008, Dillon was arrested by the Vermont State Police after he was clocked traveling at 106 miles per hour northbound on Interstate 91 near Newbury, Vermont. His attorney, Mark Kaplan, entered a plea of not guilty on Dillon's behalf in a January appearance in Orange County Court in Chelsea, and also appeared in court on February 25, 2009, where Dillon's next court date was scheduled for 30 days later.

Dillon has been charged with negligent operation, in violation of Title 23, Vermont Statutes Annotated, Section 1091(a). He faces a maximum of one year in jail, and a fine of $1,000.

Proof of excessive speed is sufficient to sustain a conviction of negligent operation. State v. Stevens, 150 Vt. 251, 552 A.2d 410 (Vt. 1988) (affirming conviction of negligent operation for motorist traveling at 103 miles per hour).

Matt Dillon won several awards in his career including Screen Actors Guild Award, MTV Movie Award and Independent Spirit Award. He also nominated for many awards which includes Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA with the film Crash. He also honored in San Sebastián International Film Festival where he get "Donostia Lifetime Archievement Award". This list includes his awards and nominations for his works. In the category, "Best Ensemble" he usually shared award with cast.

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Marshal Matt Dillon

Marshal Matt Dillon is a fictional character featured on both the radio and television versions of Gunsmoke. He serves as the U.S. Marshal of Dodge City, Kansas who works to preserve law and order in the western frontier of the 1870's. The character was created by writer John Meston, who envisioned him as a man "...whose hair is probably red, if he's got any left. He'd be handsomer than he is if he had better manners but life and his enemies have left him looking a little beat up, and I suppose having seen his mother (back about 1840) trying to take a bath in a wooden washtub without fully undressing left his soul a little warped. Anyway, there'd have to be something wrong with him or he wouldn't have hired on as a United States Marshal in the heyday of Dodge City, Kansas." Notwithstanding Meston's original vision, the character evolved considerably during Gunsmoke's nine-year run on CBS Radio and its 20-year run on CBS Television.

On the radio series (which ran from 1952 until 1961), Matt was portrayed by William Conrad, whose booming voice helped to project a larger than life presence. In the opening of most radio episodes, the announcer would describe the show as "...the story of the violence that moved west with young America, and the story of a man who moved with it." Matt would take over, saying, "I'm that man, Matt Dillon, United States Marshal -- the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It's a chancy job, and it makes a man watchful . . . and a little lonely." Matt provided bits of narration for many of the radio episodes, usually to help set the scene for the listener or to provide observations that assisted with character development. In the radio series, Matt often struggled with the need to utilize violence in order to fulfill his duties. He also struggled with the frequent needless tragedies that he was forced to witness. These factors led him to become snappish and impatient at times, but he nevertheless managed to remain sufficiently in control of his emotions to perform his difficult job capably and impartially. In the radio version, Matt spoke of actual persons who were well known in the history of the American West, including Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid (whose "supposed" origin figured in the very first episode of the radio series), and he often referred to Wild Bill Hickock as being a close personal friend.

In the television version (which ran from 1955 until 1975), Matt was portrayed by James Arness. Since most of the early television episodes were based upon stories and scripts from the radio version, Arness's interpretation and portrayal were initially similar to those offered in the radio version. However, as the television version continued, Arness's Matt developed a number of differences. In the television version, Matt became more resigned to the violent nature of his job and he was somewhat less given to brooding about the dangers and tragedies inherent in it. Arness's Matt was a bit more understanding and tolerant of people's foibles and he was a bit quicker to recognize persons who came to Dodge City with the intention of committing crimes. As Arness's Matt became older and wiser, he became less inclined to use violence to subdue wrongdoers. However, he never hesitated to do so when the situation warranted. Because of Arness's large (6' 7") physical presence, most of Matt's adversaries seemed overmatched unless there were several of them. In any event, only the toughest or the most foolhardy individuals dared challenge him to a fair fight. He was fast and accurate with the single gun he carried and could easily outdraw almost any adversary, despite the fact that he virtually always allowed them to draw first.

During the 9-year run of the radio version of "Gunsmoke" and the 20-year run of the television version, surprisingly little was revealed about Matt's family history or about events in his past that may have shaped his views or his attitude toward his work. Certain of Matt's characteristics remained common to both the radio and television versions. Throughout both, Matt remained steadfast, honest, absolutely incorruptible, and dedicated to the cause of bringing genuine law and order to the violent and untamed American West. He was fair and impartial in the performance of his duties and he regularly subordinated his personal feelings to this end. However, a certain edge was often evident in his voice when dealing with individuals who seemed destined to cause trouble and he would occasionally deal harshly with individuals who unwisely pushed him too far. Matt was also notably compassionate toward those who had fallen on hard times or who had lost a loved one to crime or violence. In both the television and the radio versions, his closest friends were his assistant Chester, town physician "Doc" Adams, and saloon-keeper Kitty Russell. These three individuals were among Matt's few real friends because he knew that he could trust them in any situation. In the television version, Chester was eventually replaced by Festus Haggen, an uneducated but savvy plainsman who ultimately became a badge-wearing Deputy U. S. Marshal (a position that always eluded Chester).

In both the radio and television versions, the exact nature of Matt's relationship with Kitty Russell was deliberately kept somewhat vague. Kitty was initially just another saloon "hostess", and a popular story holds that the early radio episodes implied that she was a prostitute. However, there is no real evidence of this and Kitty eventually acquired a measure of respectability by becoming a part-owner (and ultimately the sole owner) of the thriving Long Branch Saloon. In both the radio and television versions, Matt frequently dined and socialized with Kitty and he rarely showed more than polite interest in any other woman. Kitty was similarly devoted to Matt. Her job brought her into daily contact with many different men from all walks of life, but she seldom showed more than fleeting interest in any of them. It was evident that Kitty would have readily accepted Matt's proposal of marriage, but she was a realist. She was well aware that Matt was reluctant to marry because the high-risk nature of his job could have made her a widow at any time. She nevertheless found this situation difficult to accept at times, and she would occasionally decide to leave Dodge City to pursue other opportunities or relationships. This occurred more often in the television episodes than it did in the radio episodes, and it typically occurred after Matt had inadvertently been thoughtless. Kitty always returned to Dodge City and to her duties at the Long Branch, though, and on occasion Matt would demonstrate a profound depth of feeling for her. In any event, they always remained devoted to one another in their own unique fashion. Over time, Matt also learned to have considerable respect for Kitty's ability to spot female troublemakers. Whenever he disregarded Kitty's warnings about the intentions or character of a particular woman, he invariably regretted it.

In a 1949 audition show (or pilot) for the radio series, the character was named "Mark Dillon," but by 1952, when the regular series aired, the name had been changed to Matt Dillon. When the program came to television in 1955, the first episode was introduced by John Wayne in a brief film clip in which Wayne predicted that James Arness would become a major star. He went on to play the part for the next twenty years. A popular story holds that Wayne himself had been offered the part and had turned it down. Charles Marquis Warren, who produced the first year of the television version of "Gunsmoke" and made the major casting decisions, stated that he had jokingly asked Wayne whether he would be interested in the part in a casual social setting. He added that Wayne had indicated in no uncertain terms that he had no interest whatsoever. Warren stated that the inquiry had not been serious inasmuch as Wayne could not realistically have been expected to abandon a thriving movie career for a less certain and less lucrative television role. Wayne did, however, recommend James Arness for the part and his offer to introduce the first episode was readily accepted by CBS. Others who had auditioned for the part included Raymond Burr, Richard Boone, Denver Pyle, and William Conrad. All would go on to other television successes. Conrad, in particular, would continue to portray Matt on the radio series until it ended in 1961. He would also go on to direct a number of television programs, to become "The Narrator" for the original television series of The Fugitive (1963-1967) and star in two television series, Cannon (1971-1976) and Jake and the Fat Man (1987-1992).

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Singles (1992 film)

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Singles is a 1992 romantic comedy film written and directed by Cameron Crowe. The film stars Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, and Matt Dillon.

Singles centers on the lives of a group of young people, mostly in their 20s, living in an apartment block in Seattle, Washington, and is divided into chapters. It focuses on the course of two couples' rocky romances, as well as the love lives of their friends and associates. The film stars Bridget Fonda as a coffee-bar waitress fawning over an aspiring musician (Matt Dillon) and Kyra Sedgwick and Campbell Scott as a couple wavering on whether to commit to each other. The events of the film are set against the backdrop of the early 1990s grunge movement in Seattle.

Cameron Crowe wrote the part of Janet Livermore specifically for Bridget Fonda to play. Jennifer Jason Leigh was Crowe's first choice for the role of Linda Powell. When she turned it down, Kyra Sedgwick won the part.

There are brief and early appearances from actors Victor Garber, Paul Giamatti, Jeremy Piven and Eric Stoltz (whom Crowe has said is in all of his films, and who in this film plays the loudmouthed mime), and a rare onscreen appearance from director Tim Burton. Cameron Crowe himself has a cameo as a rock journalist at a club.

The film includes cameos from key bands from the Seattle music scene of the time, such as Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and grunge favorite Tad Doyle (lead vocalist of the Seattle bands Tad and Hog Molly). Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Eddie Vedder, all members of Pearl Jam, have small parts as members of Matt Dillon's character Cliff Poncier's fictional band Citizen Dick. Their parts were filmed when Pearl Jam was known as Mookie Blaylock. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has a cameo as the guy who comes out to listen to a car radio. He also appears in a later scene with his band Soundgarden performing the song "Birth Ritual". The members of Alice in Chains also appear in the film as a bar band, playing the songs "It Ain't Like That" and "Would?".

The film was shot at a number of locations around Seattle and includes scenes at Gas Works Park, Capitol Hill, Jimi Hendrix's grave at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton and Pike Place Market. The central coffee shop featured in the film is the now-demolished OK Hotel. The apartment building is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of E Thomas St & 19th Ave E. Additional concert footage was shot in the now-defunct RKCNDY bar.

Most of Matt Dillon's wardrobe in the movie actually belonged to Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament. During the making of the film Ament produced a list of song titles for the fictional band, Citizen Dick. Chris Cornell took it as a challenge to write songs for the film using those titles, and "Spoonman" was one of them. An early acoustic version of the song was created and can be heard in the background during a scene of the film. Citizen Dick's song name "Touch Me, I'm Dick" is a word play on the song "Touch Me, I'm Sick" by the Seattle band Mudhoney. Also, in the inside cover photo of the soundtrack, there is a Citizen Dick CD with the track listing on the CD itself. One of the songs is called "Louder Than Larry", a wordplay on the Soundgarden album, Louder Than Love. The band name Citizen Dick is a play on the Seattle band Citizen Sane, which itself is a play on the 1941 film, Citizen Kane.

While completed in early 1991, the film was not released until September 1992. The film's release went through repeated delays while studio executives debated how to market it. Warner Bros. did not know what to do with the film, but after the grunge scene exploded, the movie was finally released.

Singles rode on the heels of Seattle's grunge music boom. The success of and buzz around the film's soundtrack largely eclipsed the film itself, which was neither as commercially nor as critically successful as either Crowe's previous film, 1989's Say Anything..., or his next film, 1996's Jerry Maguire. Nevertheless, Singles has been credited with inspiring a wave of films marketed towards a Generation X audience, spawning numerous imitators (most notably Reality Bites and Threesome). Tim Appelo wrote in Entertainment Weekly, "With ... an ambling, naturalistic style, Crowe captures the eccentric appeal of a town where espresso carts sprout on every corner and kids in ratty flannel shirts can cut records that make them millionaires." As of June 24, 2008, Singles currently holds a 78% critical approval rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with 21 out of 27 positive reviews.

Interestingly, Warner Bros. Television tried immediately to turn Singles into a television series. When Crowe balked at the notion, the company proceeded with the idea, engaged a new writing and directing team, changing elements and the name to Friends, which ran successfully on NBC from 1994-2004.

One of the few Seattle bands of this era not to have a cameo was Nirvana, and according to Everett True's 2006 book, Nirvana: The Biography, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain hated this film.

The Singles soundtrack was released on June 30, 1992 through Epic Records and became a best seller three months before the release of the film. The soundtrack included music from key bands from the Seattle music scene of the time, such as Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden. Pearl Jam released two songs on the soundtrack: "Breath" and "State of Love and Trust". The Soundgarden song "Birth Ritual" and Chris Cornell's solo song "Seasons" appear on the soundtrack. Paul Westerberg of The Replacements contributed two songs to the soundtrack and provided the score for the film. The Smashing Pumpkins also contributed to the soundtrack with the song "Drown".

Nirvana (who had gained major success a year earlier with the multiplatinum record Nevermind) was the only major grunge band of the time to not appear on the soundtrack. During production, Nirvana were not yet national stars, but by the time the soundtrack was released, the band's song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" had to be cut because it was too costly to buy the rights.

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Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West.

The radio version ran from 1952 to 1961, and old time radio expert John Dunning writes that among radio drama enthusiasts "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time." The television version ran from 1955 to 1975 and is one of the longest-running prime time series (tied with The Simpsons), and the second-longest running prime time fictional program in U.S. television history, its record surpassed only by the Disney anthology television series and Hallmark Hall of Fame.

In the late 1940s, CBS chairman William S. Paley, a big fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe radio serial, asked his programming chief, Hubell Robinson, to develop a hardboiled Western series, a show about a "Philip Marlowe of the Old West." Robinson contacted his West Coast CBS Vice-President, Harry Ackerman, who had developed the Philip Marlowe series, to take on the task.

Ackerman and his scriptwriters, Mort Fine and David Friedkin, created an audition script called "Mark Dillon Goes to Gouge Eye". Two auditions were created in 1949. The first was very much like a hardboiled detective series and starred Rye Billsbury as Dillon; the second starred Straight Arrow actor Howard Culver in a more Western, lighter version of the same script. CBS liked the Culver version better, and Ackerman was given the green light to proceed.

But there was a complication. Culver's contract as the star of Straight Arrow would not allow him to do another Western series. So the project was shelved until three years later, when Norman MacDonnell and John Meston discovered it while looking to create an adult Western series of their own.

The radio series first aired on April 26, 1952 ("Billy the Kid," written by Walter Newman) and ran until June 18, 1961 on CBS. It starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon; Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams; Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell; and Parley Baer as Dillon's assistant Chester Proudfoot.

Chester's character had no surname until Baer ad libbed "Proudfoot" during an early rehearsal. The amiable character was usually described as Dillon's "assistant," but the December 13, 1952 episode "Post Martin," Dillon described Chester as Dillon's deputy. The TV series changed Chester's last name to Goode.

Doc Adams was iconoclastic and grumpy, but McNear's performances gradually became more warm-hearted. In the January 31, 1953 episode "Cavalcade," Doc Adams' backstory is revealed: his real name is Calvin Moore, educated in Boston, and he practiced as a doctor for a year in Richmond, Virginia where he fell in love with a beautiful young woman who was also being courted by a wealthy young man named Roger Beauregard. Beauregard forced Doc into fighting a duel with him, resulting in Beauregard's being shot and killed, but even though it was a fair duel, because Doc was a Yankee and an outsider he was forced to flee. The young girl fled after him and they were married in St. Louis, but two months later she died of typhus. Doc wandered throughout the territories until he settled in Dodge City seventeen years later under the name of "Charles Adams." For sixteen years, a sign hung over "Doc's" office that read. "Dr. G. Adams". Milburn Stone was given free rein to choose the character's first name in an episode that showcased an intimate friend/ judge who visited the town. The actor chose the surname of a medical researcher named Galen, as a first name. It was explained that his parents had high hopes their son would be a physician.

Georgia Ellis appeared in the very first episode "Billy the Kid" (April 26, 1952) as "Francie Richards," a former girlfriend of Matt Dillon and the widow of a criminal. "Miss Kitty" did not appear on the radio series until the May 10, 1952 episode "Jaliscoe." Kitty's profession was hinted at, but never explicitly stated: in a 1953 interview with Time, MacDonnell declared: "Kitty is just someone Matt has to visit every once in a while. We never say it, but Kitty is a prostitute, plain and simple." (Dunning, 304) The television show portrayed Kitty as a saloon proprietor, not a prostitute.

Gunsmoke was often a somber program, particularly in its early years. Dunning writes that Dillon "played his hand and often lost. He arrived too late to prevent a lynching. He amputated a dying man's leg and lost the patient anyway. He saved a girl from brutal rapists then found himself unable to offer her what she needed to stop her from moving into... life as a prostitute." (Dunning, 304) Some listeners, such as vintage radio authority Dunning, have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the TV series. Episodes were aimed at adults and featured some of the most explicit content of their time, including violent crimes, scalpings, massacres, and opium addicts. Many episodes ended on a somber note, and villains often got away with their crimes. Nonetheless, thanks to the subtle scripts and outstanding ensemble cast, over the years the program evolved into a warm, often humorous celebration of human nature.

MacDonnell and Meston continued the radio version of Gunsmoke until 1961, making it one of the most enduring vintage radio dramas. The Gunsmoke radio theme song and later TV theme was titled "Old Trails," also known as "Boothill." The theme was written by Rex Koury & Glenn Spencer. The original radio version was conducted by Rex Koury. The TV version was thought to have been first conducted by CBS West Coast Music Director, Lud Gluskin.

William Conrad directed two episodes of the television version, in 1963 and 1971. Howard McNear appeared on six episodes of the television version playing characters other than Doc, including three times as storekeeper Howard Rudd.

The television series ran from September 10, 1955 to March 31, 1975 on CBS for 635 episodes. Until 2005, it was the longest run of any scripted primetime series with continuing characters in American primetime television.

Conrad was the first choice to play Marshal Dillon on TV, having established the role, but his increasing obesity led to more photogenic actors being considered. Losing the role embittered Conrad for years, though he later starred in another CBS television series, Cannon (1971–1975). Denver Pyle was also considered for the role, as was Raymond Burr who was ultimately seen as too heavyset for the part. According to a James Arness interview, John Wayne was offered the role, but wouldn't do it; Wayne was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and at that time, working in television was seen as a huge step down in prestige for a star actor.

In the end, the primary roles were all recast, with James Arness taking on the lead role of Marshal Matt Dillon upon the recommendation of John Wayne, who also introduced the first episode of the series; Dennis Weaver playing Chester Goode; Milburn Stone being cast as Dr. Galen "Doc" Adams; and Amanda Blake taking on the role of Miss Kitty Russell, owner of the Long Branch Saloon. MacDonnell became the associate producer of the TV show and later the producer. Meston was named head writer. Arness, in his role on Gunsmoke, achieved what no other actor at the time had ever matched: he played the same character on the same scripted series for 20 years - at the time the longest uninterrupted period a primetime actor had played the same role in the same show.

In 1963, singer/character actor Ken Curtis did a guest role as a shady ladies' man. After Weaver left the series to venture out as the lead in his own TV series, Kentucky Jones, Curtis was added to the show's lineup. He played the stubbornly illiterate Festus Haggen, a character who came to town (in an episode titled "Us Haggens") to avenge the death of his twin brother, Fergus Haggen, and another brother, Jeff Haggen, and who decided to stay in Dodge when the deed was done. Initially existing on the fringes of Dodge society, Festus Haggen was slowly phased in as a reliable sidekick to Matt Dillon and was eventually made a deputy. Interestingly, his twin was never again mentioned on the show. In the episode "Alias Festus Haggen," he is mistaken for a robber and killer whom he has to expose to free himself (both parts played by Curtis). In a comic relief episode ("Mad Dog"), another case of mistaken identity forces Festus to fight three sons of a man killed by his cousin. Other actors who played Dillon's deputies for two and a half to seven-year stints included Roger Ewing (1966–1968) as Thad Greenwood and Burt Reynolds (1962–1965) as Indian/white Quint Asper. Buck Taylor, who played gunsmith Newly O'Brien from 1967–1975, also served as one of Dillon's deputies.

In an episode ("Waste") featuring Johnny Whitaker as a boy with a prostitute mother, her madam questions Dillon as to why the law overlooks Miss Kitty's enterprise. It appears that bordellos could exist "at the law's discretion" (meaning the Marshal's).

The character Miss Kitty was written out in 1974, when Blake decided not to return for the the show's 20th (and final) season.

There were differences between the characters on the radio and TV versions of Gunsmoke. In the radio series, Doc was acerbic, somewhat mercenary, and borderline alcoholic — at least in the program's early years. The television Doc, though still crusty, was in many ways softer and warmer. Miss Kitty, who in the radio series likely engaged in prostitution, was viewed more as "the proprietor of a saloon" on the television series, and except for a few early scripts taken from the radio series, viewers only saw Miss Kitty as a kindhearted businesswoman.

From 1955 to 1961, Gunsmoke was a half-hour show (re-titled Marshal Dillon in syndication). It then went to an hour-long format. The series was re-titled "GUN LAW" in the UK.

Gunsmoke was TV's No. 1 ranked show from 1957 to 1961 before slipping into a decline after expanding to an hour. In 1967, the show's 12th season, CBS planned to cancel the series, but widespread viewer reaction (including a mention in Congress and pressure from the wife of the head of programming at CBS) prevented its demise. The show continued on in a different time slot: early evening on Mondays instead of Saturday nights, canceling the popular Gilligan's Island in the process. This seemingly minor change led to a spike in ratings that saw the series once again reach the top 10 in the Nielsen ratings until the 1973–1974 television season . In 1975, the show was canceled after a twenty-year run. 30 Westerns came and went during its 20-year tenure. Gunsmoke was the only Western still airing when it was canceled.

Arness and Stone remained with the show for its entire run (although Stone missed seven episodes in 1971 due to illness and was temporarily replaced by Pat Hingle, who played "Doctor Chapman" while Doc Adams ostensibly left Dodge to further his medical studies on the East Coast).

In 1987, many of the original cast reunited for the TV movie, Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge, filmed in Alberta, Canada. Ken Curtis declined returning, citing a contract dispute, saying, "As Dillon's right hand man, I felt the offer should approximate Miss Blake's." Instead, Buck Taylor became Dodge's new marshal, though the retired Matt Dillon was the hero. A huge ratings success, it led to four more TV films being made in the U.S. After Amanda Blake's death, the writers built on the 1973 two-part episodic romance of "Matt's Love Story", (which was noted for the marshal's first overnight visit to a female's lodgings). In the episode, Matt loses his memory and his heart during a brief liaison with "Mike" Michael Learned of The Waltons. In preserving the ethics of the era and the heretofore flawless hero's character, the healed Dillon returns to Dodge City. Movie number two, Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990), had Learned reprising the role of "Mike Yardley" to divulge that Matt and "Mike" conceived a daughter who is now a young woman named Beth. Other films (which all featured daughter Beth) included Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (1992), Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (1993), and Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994).

As of April 2008, two American series that have been poised to beat Gunsmoke's 20-year record are the animated sitcom The Simpsons, now in its 20th season, and the police procedural/courtroom drama Law & Order, now in its 19th year. The half hour Simpsons has been renewed for 2010-2011 and tied Gunsmoke for 20 seasons in September 2008. Gunsmoke, which ran a full hour through most of its run, still beats the comedy's total air time; Law & Order is also expected to be a possible 20-year survivor that could surpass Gunsmoke as the longest running American drama on television. Internationally, a number of British primetime dramas and comedies have beaten Gunsmoke, and Law & Order, including Last of the Summer Wine (35 years), Taggart (23 years), Casualty (21 years) and the longest running primetime scripted show, Doctor Who (30 seasons over 45 years).

Certain episodes are available on DVD in two volumes. Twelve episodes from 1955 to 1964 were selected for the Gunsmoke: Volume I box set, and another twelve episodes from 1964 to 1975 were selected for the Gunsmoke: Volume II box set. Both are available on Region 1 DVD.

Paramount Home Entertainment released Season 1 on DVD in Region 1 on July 17, 2007. Season 2: Volume 1, which features the first 20 episodes of season 2 was released on January 8, 2008. Season 2: Volume 2, which features the last 19 episodes of season 2 was released May 27, 2008. Season 3: Volume 1, which features the first 20 episodes of season 3 is expected to be released on December 9, 2008.

Comic books based on the series were also published. Dell Comics put out five issues of their Four Color Comics series on Gunsmoke (issues #679, 720, 769, 797, 844). This was followed by Gunsmoke #6–27 (1958–62). Gold Key Comics continued it with #1–6 in 1969–70.

A comic strip version of the series ran in British newspapers for several years under the show's UK title, Gun Law.

Whitman Books published Gunsmoke by Robert Turner in 1958 and Gunsmoke: "Showdown on Front Street" by Paul S. Newman in 1969; both books were based on the TV series.

Lowell Toy Manufacturing Corporation ( "It's a Lowell Game" ) issued Gunsmoke as their game No. 822. Along with many other Lowell games of this era, Gunsmoke is a highly coveted collectible. The TV series also inspired a Gunsmoke video game produced for the NES by Capcom.

Gunsmoke had one spinoff series, Dirty Sally, a semi-comedy starring Jeanette Nolan and Dack Rambo as an old woman and a young gunfighter leaving Dodge City for California in order to pan for gold. The program lasted only thirteen weeks and aired in the first half of 1974, a year before Gunsmoke itself left the air.

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Diane Lane

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Diane Lane (born January 22, 1965) is an American film actress born and raised in New York City. Her parents are Colleen Farrington, a night club singer and Playboy centerfold (Miss October 1957), and Burton Eugene Lane, a Manhattan drama coach who ran an acting workshop with John Cassavetes. Lane's parents split up when she was 13 years old and two years later she declared her independence from her father and ran away to Los Angeles for a week with actor and friend Christopher Atkins.

Lane made her screen debut in George Roy Hill's 1979 film A Little Romance starring opposite Laurence Olivier. Soon after, she was featured on the cover of Time. She became well known for appearing in two films made and released consecutively by Francis Ford Coppola: The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. Lane went on to star in two high profile studio films, Streets of Fire and The Cotton Club, that were commercial and critical failures. She took three years off from acting and then appeared in several independent films during the 1990s. Lane has since appeared in several notable films, including Unfaithful in 2002, which earned her Academy Award, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Lane dated actors Timothy Hutton, Christopher Atkins, Matt Dillon during the 1980s, and later rock star Jon Bon Jovi. She was married to Christopher Lambert and they had a daughter, Eleanor Jasmine Lambert. The couple were divorced following a prolonged separation in 1994 and she married actor Josh Brolin on August 15, 2004.

Diane Lane was born in New York City. Her mother, Colleen Farrington, was a night club singer and Playboy centerfold (Miss October 1957) who was also known as "Colleen Price". Her father, Burton Eugene Lane, was a Manhattan drama coach who ran an acting workshop with John Cassavetes, worked as a cab driver, and later taught humanities at City College. When Lane was 13 years old, her parents split up. Her mother went to Mexico and obtained a divorce while retaining custody of her daughter until age 6. Her father got custody of his daughter after Farrington moved to Georgia. Lane and her father lived in a number of residential hotels in New York City and she would ride with him in his taxi.

When Lane was 15, she declared her independence from her father and ran away to Los Angeles for a week with actor and friend Christopher Atkins. Lane later remarked, "It was reckless behavior that comes from having too much independence too young". She came back and moved in with a friend's family, paying them rent. In 1981, she enrolled in high school after having taken correspondence courses. However, Lane's mother kidnapped her and took the young girl back to Georgia. Lane and her father challenged her mother in court and six weeks later she was back in New York. Lane did not speak to her mother for three years but they have since reconciled.

Lane's maternal grandmother, Eleanor Scott, was a three-times married Pentecostal preacher of the Apostolic denomination, and Lane was influenced by the theatricality of her grandmother's sermons. Lane began acting professionally at the age of six at the La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in New York, where she appeared in an acclaimed production of Medea. At 12 she had a role in Joseph Papp's production of The Cherry Orchard with Meryl Streep. Also at this time, Lane was enrolled in an accelerated program at Hunter College High School and was put on notice when her grades suffered from her busy schedule. At thirteen, she turned down a role in Runaways on Broadway to make her feature film debut opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in A Little Romance. At fourteen, Lane was featured on the cover of Time, which declared her one of Hollywood's "Whiz Kids".

One of few child actors to make a successful transition into adult roles, Lane made a hit with audiences in the back-to-back cult films The Outsiders, starring with future movie stars Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, and Patrick Swayze, and Rumble Fish, starring Dillon, Mickey Rourke, and Nicolas Cage. Subsequently, Andy Warhol proclaimed Lane, "the undisputed female lead of Hollywood's new rat pack". However, the two films that could have catapulted her to star status, Streets of Fire (she turned down Splash and Risky Business for this film) and The Cotton Club, were both commercial and critical failures, and her career languished as a result. After the commercial and critical failure of The Cotton Club, Lane dropped out of the movie business and lived with her mother in Georgia.

She returned to the business to make The Big Town and Lady Beware, but it was not until 1989's popular and critically acclaimed TV mini-series Lonesome Dove that Lane made another big impression on a sizable audience. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for the role. She also enjoyed positive reviews for her performance in the independent film My New Gun, which was well received at the Cannes Film Festival. She went on to appear as actress Paulette Goddard in Sir Richard Attenborough's big-budget biopic of Charles Chaplin.

Lane won further praise for her role in 1999's A Walk on the Moon, opposite Viggo Mortensen. One reviewer wrote, "Lane, after years in post-teenaged-career limbo, is meltingly effective". The film's director Tony Goldwyn and producer Dustin Hoffman wanted Lane for the role of housewife Pearl even though she did not look or sound Jewish. Goldwyn said of the actress, "There's also this potentially volcanic sexuality that is in no way self-conscious or opportunistic. I thought all those things mattered more than her looking Jewish". Lane earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead. At this time, she was interested in making a film about actress Jean Seberg in which she would play Seberg.

In 2002, she starred in Unfaithful, a drama film directed by Adrian Lyne adapted from the French film La Femme infidèle. Lane played a housewife who indulges in an adulterous fling with a mysterious book dealer. The film featured several sex scenes. Lyne's repeated takes for these scenes were very demanding for the actors involved, especially for Lane, who had to be emotionally and physically fit for the duration. Unfaithful received mostly mixed to negative reviews, though Lane earned widespread praise for her performance. Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman said, "Lane, in the most urgent performance of her career, is a revelation. The play of lust, romance, degradation, and guilt on her face is the movie's real story". She followed that film up with Under the Tuscan Sun, based on the best-selling book by Frances Mayes.

In 2008, Lane expressed frustration with being typecast and is "gunning for something that's not so sympathetic. I need to be a bitch, and I need to be in a comedy. I've decided. No more Miss Nice Guy". The actress has even contemplated quitting acting and spending more time with her family if she is unable to get these kinds of roles. She said in an interview, "I can't do anything official. My agents won't let me. Between you and me, I don't have anything else coming out".

Four days before the New York Film Critics Circle's vote in 2002, Lane was given a career tribute by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. A day before that, Lyne held a dinner for the actress at the Four Seasons Hotel. Critics and award voters were invited to both. She went on to win the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2003, she was named ShoWest's 2003 Female Star of the Year.

She ranked at #79 on VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars. She was ranked #45 on's Top 99 Most Desirable Women in 2005, #85 in 2006 and #98 in 2007.

In the early 1980s, Lane dated actors Timothy Hutton, Christopher Atkins, Matt Dillon, and later rock star Jon Bon Jovi. Lane met actor Christopher Lambert in Paris while promoting The Cotton Club in 1984. They had a brief affair and split up. They met again two years later in Rome to make a film together, entitled After the Rain, and in two weeks they were a couple again. Lane and Lambert married in October 1988 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They had a daughter, Eleanor Jasmine Lambert (born September 5, 1993), and were divorced following a prolonged separation in 1994. While making Judge Dredd in 1995, Lane began dating the film's director, Danny Cannon.

Lane became engaged to actor Josh Brolin in July 2003 and they were married on August 15, 2004. On December 20 of that year, she called police after an altercation with him, and he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Lane declined to press charges, however, and the couple's spokesperson described the incident as a "misunderstanding".

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