How did Chester Goode, Matt Dillon’s assistant on Gunsmoke, get his limp?

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Most know Dennis Weaver as Deputy Chester Goode in Gunsmoke. – Courtesy CBS –

How did Chester Goode, Matt Dillon’s assistant on Gunsmoke, get his limp?

Frank Cutler
Sodus, New York

Chester Goode supposedly got that wound during the Civil War.

Now why did somebody decide to give the character a disability? Some say the producers of the show thought it could explain why he didn’t carry a pistol. Others claim that actor Dennis Weaver used the limp and his twang to draw more attention to himself. Another explanation could be that Weaver was about six foot two and producers wanted him to appear much shorter than the six-foot-seven James Arness, who played Matt Dillon.

Weaver sometimes forgot to limp, and he sometimes limped on the wrong leg. We’ll have to keep an eye out for that next time we watch Gunsmoke.

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Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian, board president of the Arizona Historical Society and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu