TV property master Earl Huntoon dies

Worked primarily on Westerns and cop shows

Earl Huntoon, a property master on TV shows including "Gunsmoke," died Oct. 14 in Pioneer, Calif. He was 85.

Huntoon, a gun expert who worked primarily on Westerns and cop shows, was on the "Gunsmoke" crew for five years until the show was canceled in 1975.

His credits also include TV shows "The Rockford Files," "Matlock," "CHiPs," "Hardcastle & McCormick," "The Waltons," "Fame" and "Hogan's Heroes," the 1985 miniseries "North and South" and the 1962 film classic "How the West Was Won."

Huntoon was a member of Local 44 for 23 years before retiring.
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