Discuss Gunsmoke

I wasn't a huge Gunsmoke fan but I did love all the TV westerns growing up. Recently I saw an episode and looked up an actress that was in it and that led me down a rabbit hole that was pretty cool. I counted 188 actors that I knew from movies and other TV series that were guest stars in at least one episode of Gunsmoke.

Your challenge is to count how many you know. I'm a lightweight so I'm sure some will top my 188. This of course will require some serious scrolling but you will be surprised at some of the big names you see. The only rule is (we don't need no stinking rules) you can only go by recognizing their name or thumbnail picture. I'm sure I would know more if I clicked on some of the names, but that would take forever.

Here is a link to the cast and guest stars.... Gunsmoke Actors

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I started counting, but the IMDb thumbnails on the cast list are too small to easily make out, and the names list started visually running together...so I gave up.

When I was a kid and in to pre-teens, my brother and I sometimes watched this show.

@genplant29 said:

I started counting, but the IMDb thumbnails on the cast list are too small to easily make out, and the names list started visually running together...so I gave up.

When I was a kid and in to pre-teens, my brother and I sometimes watched this show.

Here is a Me TV page that shows what they call 60 famous guest stars... Click Here

And here is a Wiki page with all of them... Click Here

These should be easier to read.

Going by the Wikipedia list just now, I came up with total of 156 familiar names. So you recognize numerous more than I do. relaxed

Lots of famous and well-known actors/actresses are listed, for sure!

Yeah and I discovered the Wikipedia page is not complete because I noticed at lease two so far that was listed on IMDB that are not there.

I noticed that because I put together several TV shows that had multiple lead stars in them that were guest stars on Gunsmoke. This by no means is an exhaustive list but meant to whet the appetite for some to look at the impressive list in the links above.

So besides the impressive list of A-Type movie actors like Bette Davis, Harrison Ford, Burt Reynolds (really a regular), Kurt Russell, Charles Bronson, Sam Elliott, Jodie Foster, etc. (OK I will save a bunch for others to see) there are many TV shows that had multiple regular members of their cast that were once guest stars on Gunsmoke. Here are just a few...

  • Star Trek at least 3
  • Hawaii Five-O at least 2
  • MASH at least 3
  • Bonanza at least 2
  • Mission Impossible at least 2
  • Beverly Hillbillies at least 2
  • Little House on the Prairie at least 3
  • Gilligan's Island at least 3
  • Happy Days at least 2
  • Mary Tyler Moore at least 3
  • Bewitched at least 2 -The Andy Griffith Show at least 2

...not to mention some famous lead stars of their respective shows like The Rifleman, Mannix, The Man From UNCLE, I Dream of Jeanie, etc.

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