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Birth information

26 May 1923 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Death information

3 June 2011 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

James King Aurness

Nickname

Jim
Jimmy

How tall is James Arness?

1.99 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Janet Arness
Virginia Chapman

Life Story of James Arness

American leading man famed as the star of one of the longest-running shows in U.S. television history, Gunsmoke (1955). Born of Norwegian heritage (the family name, Aurness, had formerly been Aursness) in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Rolf and Ruth Duesler Aurness. His father was a traveling salesman of medical supplies and his mother later became a newspaper columnist. James attended West High School in Minneapolis. Although he appeared in school plays, he had no interest in performing, and dreamed instead of going to sea. After high school, he attended one semester at Beloit College before receiving his draft notice in 1943. He entered the army and trained at Camp Wheeler, Georgia, before shipping out for North Africa. After landing at Casablanca, Arness joined the 3rd Infantry Division in time for the invasion of Anzio. Ten days after the invasion, Arness was severely wounded in the leg and foot by German machine-gun fire. His wounds, which plagued him the rest of his life, resulted in his medical discharge from the army. While recuperating in a Clinton, Iowa hospital, he was visited by his younger brother Peter (later to gain fame as actor Peter Graves), who suggested he take a...

Significant features of James Arness

Commanding voice
Towering height
The role of Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke (1955).

Publications and Magazines about James Arness

James Arness, with James Wise James Arness: An Autobiography. 2001

What movies did James Arness play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994) , Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (1993) , Gunsmoke ,
Actors Filmography
Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994) Matt Dillon, Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (1993) Matt Dillon, Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (1992) Matt Dillon, Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990) Matt Dillon, Red River (1988) Thomas Dunson, Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) Matt Dillon, The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987) Jim Bowie, McClain's Law (1982) Det. Jim McClain, How the West Was Won (1979) Zeb Macahan / Zeb, Gunsmoke (1975) Matt Dillon,...

Birth information

26 May 1923 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Death information

3 June 2011 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

James King Aurness

Nickname

Jim
Jimmy

How tall is James Arness?

1.99 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Janet Arness
Virginia Chapman

Life Story of James Arness

American leading man famed as the star of one of the longest-running shows in U.S. television history, Gunsmoke (1955). Born of Norwegian heritage (the family name, Aurness, had formerly been Aursness) in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Rolf and Ruth Duesler Aurness. His father was a traveling salesman of medical supplies and his mother later became a newspaper columnist. James attended West High School in Minneapolis. Although he appeared in school plays, he had no interest in performing, and dreamed instead of going to sea. After high school, he attended one semester at Beloit College before receiving his draft notice in 1943. He entered the army and trained at Camp Wheeler, Georgia, before shipping out for North Africa. After landing at Casablanca, Arness joined the 3rd Infantry Division in time for the invasion of Anzio. Ten days after the invasion, Arness was severely wounded in the leg and foot by German machine-gun fire. His wounds, which plagued him the rest of his life, resulted in his medical discharge from the army. While recuperating in a Clinton, Iowa hospital, he was visited by his younger brother Peter (later to gain fame as actor Peter Graves), who suggested he take a...

Significant features of James Arness

Commanding voice
Towering height
The role of Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke (1955).

Publications and Magazines about James Arness

James Arness, with James Wise James Arness: An Autobiography. 2001

What movies did James Arness play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994) , Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (1993) , Gunsmoke ,
Actors Filmography
Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994) Matt Dillon, Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (1993) Matt Dillon, Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (1992) Matt Dillon, Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990) Matt Dillon, Red River (1988) Thomas Dunson, Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) Matt Dillon, The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987) Jim Bowie, McClain's Law (1982) Det. Jim McClain, How the West Was Won (1979) Zeb Macahan / Zeb, Gunsmoke (1975) Matt Dillon,...

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James Arness and Amanda Blake in Rauchende Colts (1955)

Before he was a successful actor, he was a radio announcer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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James Arness and Amanda Blake in Rauchende Colts (1955)

In 1968 he donated his 1,400-acre ranch in northern Los Angeles County to the Brandis Institute.

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James Arness, Amanda Blake, and Dennis Weaver in Rauchende Colts (1955)

After his last role Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994), he retired from acting at age 71.

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John Wayne and James Arness in Marihuana (1952)

He and Kelsey Grammer both hold the record for playing the same character the longest (20 years). However, since the length of TV seasons was longer between 1955-75, it results in 635 episodes as Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke (1955) for Arness and only 467 as Frasier Crane (on Cheers (1982) and Frasier (1993)) for Grammer.

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James Arness in Ein Schuß und 50 Tote (1959)

Honorary United States Marshal, "in recognition of his unique contribution to the image and traditions of the U.S. Marshal's Service".

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James Arness, Victor Mature, and Ludwig Donath in Der Prinz von Bagdad (1953)

His daughter and actress, Jenny Lee Arness, committed suicide on Monday, May 12th, 1975.

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James Arness in Formicula (1954)

He married Virginia Chapman and adopted her son, Craig, by a previous marriage. They had daughter, Jenny Arness and son, Rolf Arness.

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James Arness, Joan Weldon, and James Whitmore in Formicula (1954)

He attended public schools and graduated from West High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1942. He studied for a year at Beloit College in Wisconsin before he was drafted into the United States Army during World War II as an infantryman. During the invasion of Anzio, Italy in 1944, his right leg was shattered by machine-gun fire, resulting in his losing part of his foot. He was hospitalized for a year and underwent surgeries to correct his leg, which left a limp. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his services. His injury 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.

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James Arness and Joan Weldon in Formicula (1954)

He was the son of Rolf Aurness and Ruth Duesler who divorced in the 1940s.

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James Arness and Amanda Blake in Rauchende Colts (1955)

Best remembered by the public for his starring role as Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke (1955).

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James Arness, Amanda Blake, and Milburn Stone in Rauchende Colts (1955)

One of Harry Morgan's sons was the friend of one of his children. One of Morgan's sons spent the night at his ranch.

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James Arness, Amanda Blake, Milburn Stone, and Dennis Weaver in Rauchende Colts (1955)

He was the only actor to appear in all 635 episodes of Gunsmoke (1955).

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