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[When asked if James Arness
had a pretty great memory]: That's true, he had a photographic memory and he wouldn't read a script, to come in - on the 1st Day of filming for Matt Dillon; and the director would say, 'Tell 'em the story, you know, bad guys come into town, you're out of town, Festus goes dutchy, you come in, and beat the bad guy up and that's it.' Basically, that's what happened every...
He and current wife Goldie live on a ranch north of Fort Worth, Texas. They met in 1995 at a world quarter-horse show, where his paintings were being exhibited, and married after a three-month courtship.