James Arness

Amanda Blake
1923 - 2011

James Arness  American Actor


James Arness (May 26, 1923 – June 3, 2011) was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon in the television series Gunsmoke for 20 years. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Dillon in five separate decad...

Confirmed Relationships2
Longest Relationship17 yrs, 2 mths
Shortest Relationship7 yrs
Average Relationship Length12 yrs, 1 mth
Rumored Relationships1
First Name James
Last Name Arness
Full Name at Birth James King Aurness
Alternative Name Jim
Age 88 (age at death) years
Birthday 26th May, 1923
Birthplace Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Died 3rd June, 2011
Place of Death Brentwood, California, USA
Cause of Death Natural Causes
Height 6' 7" (201 cm)
Build Athletic
Hair Color Grey
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
University Beloit College
Occupation Text Actor
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame Gunsmoke, How the West was Won
Year(s) Active 1947–94
Official Websites http://www.jamesarness.com/, Military career
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James Arness88 GeminiActor
Thordis Brandt73Actress
Virginia Chapman56 GeminiActress
Tura Satana72 CancerActress


Craig Micheal
Male20th November, 194669 years old
Jenny Lee
Female23rd May, 195066 years old
Rolf Chapman
Male18th February, 195264 years old


Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice1994 Matt Dillon TV Movie
Gunsmoke: The Long Ride1993 Matt Dillon TV Movie
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man1992 Matt Dillon TV Movie
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache1990 Matt Dillon TV Movie
Red River1988 Thomas Dunson TV Movie
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge1987 Matt Dillon TV Movie
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory1987 Jim Bowie TV Movie
McClain's Law1981 Det. Jim McClain TV Show
How the West Was Won1978 Zeb Macahan TV Show
The Macahans1976 Zeb Macahan TV Movie
Alias Jesse James1959 Marshal Matt Dillon Movie
Gun the Man Down1956 Rem Anderson Movie
The First Traveling Saleslady1956 Joel Kingdom Movie
Flame of the Islands1956 Kelly Rand Movie
Many Rivers to Cross1955 Esau Hamilton Movie
The Sea Chase1955 Schlieter Movie
Gunsmoke1955 Matt Dillon TV Show
Front Row Center1955 Hemp Brown TV Show
Her Twelve Men1954 Ralph Munsey Movie
Them!1954 Robert Graham Movie
Hondo1953 Lennie - Army Indian Scout Movie
Island in the Sky1953 Mac McMullen Movie
The Lone Hand1953 Gus Varden (as Jim Arness) Movie
The Veils of Bagdad1953 Targut (as Jim Arness) Movie
Big Jim McLain1952 Mal Baxter Movie
Carbine Williams1952 Leon Williams Movie
Horizons West1952 Tiny McGilligan Movie
The Girl in White1952 Matt Movie
Hellgate1952 George Redfield Movie
Double Crossbones1951 Bullock (uncredited) Movie
Iron Man1951 Alex Mallick (as Jim Arness) Movie
The People Against O'Hara1951 John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara Movie
The Thing from Another World1951 'The Thing' Movie
Two Lost Worlds1951 Kirk Hamilton (as Jim Aurness) Movie
Belle Le Grand1951 Belle Admirer Mine Guard at Fire (uncredited) Movie
Cavalry Scout1951 Barth Movie
Sierra1950 Little Sam (as Jim Arness) Movie
Stars in My Crown1950 Rolfe Isbell (uncredited) Movie
Wagon Master1950 Floyd Clegg Movie
Lux Video Theatre1950 Chuck Scott TV Show
Wyoming Mail1950 Russell Movie
Battleground1949 Garby (as Jim Arness) Movie
The Lone Ranger1949 Deputy Bud Titus TV Show
Man from Texas1948 Minor Role (uncredited) Movie
The Farmer's Daughter1947 Peter Holstrom (as James Aurness) Movie
Roses Are Red1947 Ray (as James Aurness) Movie
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elvisfan98Jun 7, 2011

Rest in peace my old friend. I will always watch you on TV's Gunsmoke!!!!

jekuper2010Jun 7, 2011

R.I.P James Arness aka Matt Dillon. You were one of my favorite TV lawmen.

gerry cookDec 31, 2010

James was a role model for young kids like me in Gunsmoke. He did everything by the law, was a great person and friend to many. A big man with a big heart. He was second to John Wayne as the tough cowboy.

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