Job Actor
Years active 1947-94
Known for Marshal Matt Dillon in TV's Gunsmoke; brother of actor Peter Graves
Top Roles Peter Holstrom, Leon Williams, Marshal Matt Dillon, 'The Thing', Matt
Top GenresWestern, Drama, Action, Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction
Top TopicsWorld War II, Based on Play, Politics
Top Collaborators , (Director), (Producer),
Shares birthday with John Wayne, Norma Talmadge, Al Jolson  see more..

James Arness Overview:

Actor, James Arness, was born James King Aurness on May 26, 1923 in Minneapolis, MN. Arness died at the age of 88 on Jun 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA .


Husky leading man James Arness, with his bear-like build, found difficulty getting a range of roles, but then landed the role of Marshal Matt Dillon in TV's Gunsmoke, a series that lasted 20 years. Since it ended in 1972, his giant frame, easy-going drawl and rather strained smile proved just as difficult to cast as before and he was back in the saddle as Marshal Dillon by 1987. He is the brother of actor Peter Graves.

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television.

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(May 26, 1923 – June 3, 2011). Was best known for playing Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke for 20 years. His younger brother was actor Peter Graves. Arness, played the role of Marshal Matt Dillon in five decades: 1955 to 1975 in the weekly series, then in Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge ... Read full article

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James Arness Quotes:

[the nest has been saturated with cyanide]
Robert Graham: Boy, if I can still raise an arm when we get out of this place, I'm gonna show you just how saturated *I* can get.

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An infantry soldier during World War II, Arness took part in the landings at Anzio, Italy. It was during this battle that he was shot in the foot and wound up losing part of it, an injury that made it difficult for him to walk for extended stretches. When shooting movies or TV shows, any scenes that required extensive walking would be shot early in the morning, before his feet and knees started giving out.

His status as a Republican disappointed Lady Bird Johnson, who was a fan of "Gunsmoke" (1955).

He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

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