Ben Bates, Stunt Double for 'Gunsmoke' Star James Arness, Dies at 84

Ben Bates, Stunt Double for 'Gunsmoke' Star James Arness, Dies at 84
Ben Bates, who served as the stunt double for James Arness, the star of Gunsmoke, for more than 25 years, died Oct. 4 in Sun City, Calif., his family announced. He was 84.

In addition to stepping in for Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon on the long-running CBS Western, Bates doubled for the actor on the TV series McClain's Law and How the West Was Won (on which Bates also served as stunt coordinator) and in the TV movies Red River and The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory.

In 2001's James Arness: An Autobiography, Bates said that each...
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