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[on how he was brought into the cast after a guest appearance in the 13th season of Gunsmoke
(1955)] They liked me [from that guest appearance] so much they decided to test me as Newly O'Brien, who was a gunsmith and U.S. Deputy Marshal. Six months later, I was on the show.
Has earned several Western awards over the years. Received "The Wrangler" award in 1972 and was inducted into the National Cowboy Western Heritage Musuem as a trustee. He later received the National Festival of the West award "Cowboy Spirit Award" in 1998, which actor Dennis Weaver
also received several years later, and received a plaque on the "Walk of Western Stars" in Santa Clarita, CA, that ...