From left: Howard McNear, William Conrad, Georgia Ellis,
and Parley Baer.
The radio series “Gunsmoke” first aired on CBS on April 26, 1952 and
ended on June 18, 1961. The show stars William Conrad as Marshal
Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as
Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Dillon’s assistant, Chester Wesley
Proudfoot. The TV series changed the newly limping Chester’s last
name from Proudfoot to Goode.
Sound-effects man Ray Kemper (left)
with William Conrad.
Conrad with cast member Georgia Ellis.
(September 27, 1920 – February 11, 1994)