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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...
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 ...