James Arness

James Arness
1923 - 2011

James Arness  American Actor


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Rest in peace.


James Arness was previously married to Virginia Chapman (1948 - 1960).

James Arness was engaged to Thordis Brandt (1970 - 1972).

James Arness had an encounter with Tura Satana.


American Actor James Arness was born James King Aurness on 26th May, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and passed away on 3rd Jun 2011 Brentwood, California, USA aged 88. He is most remembered for Gunsmoke, How the West was Won. His zodiac sign is Gemini.

James Arness is a member of the following lists: American film actors, American television actors and California Republicans.


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Relationship Statistics

Engaged1 7 years - -
Married1 14 years, 2 months - -
Encounter1 - - -
Total3 14 years, 2 months 7 years 7 years


First Name James
Last Name Arness
Full Name at Birth James King Aurness
Alternative Name Jim, Jimmy, James King Aurness, James Arness
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
Buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Height 6' 7" (201 cm)
Build Athletic
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Grey
Distinctive Feature Towering height
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Sexuality Straight
Religion Methodist
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
High School West High School in Minneapolis, MN
University Beloit College in Wisconsin
Occupation Text Actor, Producer
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame Gunsmoke, How the West was Won
Year(s) Active 1947–94, 1947–1994
Brand Endorsement Magazine advertisement for L&M cigarettes (1958)
Official Websites http://www.jamesarness.com/, Military career, www.findagrave.com/memorial/70791188, www.nndb.com/people/954/000022888/

James Arness (born James King Aurness, May 26, 1923 – June 3, 2011) was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon for 20 years in the CBS television series Gunsmoke. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Dillon in five separate decades: 1955 to 1975 in the weekly series, then in Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) and four more made-for-television Gunsmoke films in the 1990s. In Europe, Arness reached cult status for his role as Zeb Macahan in the Western series How the West Was Won.
He was the older brother of actor Peter Graves.

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James Arness88 GeminiActor
Thordis Brandt78 VirgoActress
Virginia Chapman56 GeminiActress
Tura Satana72 CancerActress


NameGenderBornAgeOther Parent
Craig MichealMale20th November, 194674 years oldVirginia Chapman
Jenny LeeFemale23rd May, 195071 years oldVirginia Chapman
Rolf ChapmanMale18th February, 195269 years oldVirginia Chapman


Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice1994Matt DillonTV Movie
Gunsmoke: The Long Ride1993Matt DillonTV Movie
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man1992Matt DillonTV Movie
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache1990Matt DillonTV Movie
Red River1988Thomas DunsonTV Movie
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge1987Matt DillonTV Movie
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory1987Jim BowieTV Movie
McClain's Law1981Det. Jim McClainTV Show
How the West Was Won1976Zeb, Zeb MacahanTV Show
Alias Jesse James1959Marshal Matt Dillon (uncredited)Movie
Gun the Man Down1956Remington 'Rem' AndersonMovie
The First Traveling Saleslady1956Joel KingdomMovie
Flame of the Islands1956Kelly RandMovie
Many Rivers to Cross1955Esau HamiltonMovie
The Sea Chase1955SchlieterMovie
Gunsmoke1955Matt, Matt DillonTV Show
Front Row Center1955Hemp BrownTV Show
William Tell1955William TellTV Movie
Her Twelve Men1954Ralph MunseyMovie
Them!1954Robert GrahamMovie
Island in the Sky1953Mac McMullenMovie
The Lone Hand1953Gus Varden (as Jim Arness)Movie
The Veils of Bagdad1953Targut (as Jim Arness)Movie
Big Jim McLain1952Mal BaxterMovie
Carbine Williams1952Leon WilliamsMovie
Horizons West1952Tiny McGilliganMovie
The Girl in White1952MattMovie
Hellgate1952George RedfieldMovie
Double Crossbones1951Bullock (uncredited)Movie
Iron Man1951Alex Mallick (as Jim Arness)Movie
The People Against O'Hara1951Johnny O'HaraMovie
The Thing from Another World1951'The Thing'Movie
Two Lost Worlds1951Kirk Hamilton (as Jim Aurness)Movie
Belle Le Grand1951Belle Admirer Mine Guard at Fire (uncredited)Movie
Cavalry Scout1951BarthMovie
In a Lonely Place1950Young Detective (uncredited)Movie
Sierra1950Little Sam (as Jim Arness)Movie
Stars in My Crown1950Rolfe Isbell (uncredited)Movie
Wagon Master1950Floyd CleggMovie
Lux Video Theatre1950Chuck ScottTV Show
Wyoming Mail1950RussellMovie
Battleground1949Garby (as Jim Arness)Movie
The Lone Ranger1949Deputy Bud TitusTV Show
Man from Texas1948Gang Member (uncredited)Movie
The Farmer's Daughter1947Peter (as James Aurness)Movie
Roses Are Red1947Ray (as James Aurness)Movie
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Posted commentsView all comments (9)

eagle39Dec 5, 2019

shared a link: https://www.triviatribute.com/jamesarness.html

bringthegoldaysbackbringthegoldaysbackOct 1, 2018

Wish he was my Dad!

elvisfan98Jun 7, 2011

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

jekuper2010jekuper2010Jun 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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