When John Wayne turned down the lead to the series "Gunsmoke", he recommended James Arness, who went on to great fame in the role.
First film: THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER (47) followed by many outstanding credits including:
THE SEA CHASE
THE FIRST TRAVELING SALESLADY
HOW THE WEST WAS WON (76-79)
MCLAIN'S LAW (81)
TV Movies include: GUNSMOKE: TO THE LAST MAN