James Arness

James Arness (originally Aurness) (born May 26, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an actor best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, a role he played for 20 years, to this day the longest any actor has played the same role on the same show in prime time. He is the brother of Peter Graves.

Though primarily identified with Westerns, he also is remembered for appearing in two science fiction films, The Thing from Another World and Them!

James Arness served in the United States Army during World War II and was severely wounded at the Battle of Anzio. He was a close personal friend of John Wayne's and co-starred in a film with him called Big Jim McClain. In fact, Wayne recommended Arness for the role of Matt Dillon.

Since Gunsmoke ended, Arness has continued to perform primarily in western-themed movies and television series, including How the West Was Won, and five made-for-television Gunsmoke reunion movies between 1987 and 1994. A notable exception was a brief turn as a big city policeman in the short-lived 1981 series, McClain's Law.


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A notable exception was a brief turn as a big city policeman in the short-lived 1981 series, McClain's Law. Belzer and Henry Winkler (most notably the Fonz on Happy Days) are cousins. Since Gunsmoke ended, Arness has continued to perform primarily in western-themed movies and television series, including How the West Was Won, and five made-for-television Gunsmoke reunion movies between 1987 and 1994. He has also appeared as Munch in Law & Order and The X-Files. In fact, Wayne recommended Arness for the role of Matt Dillon. He followed that success with starring roles on Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, playing the same character (John Munch) in both series. He was a close personal friend of John Wayne's and co-starred in a film with him called Big Jim McClain. He was a regular on The Flash television show.

James Arness served in the United States Army during World War II and was severely wounded at the Battle of Anzio. In the 1990s, Belzer appeared frequently on television. Though primarily identified with Westerns, he also is remembered for appearing in two science fiction films, The Thing from Another World and Them!. He is noted for his small roles in Fame, Night Shift, and Scarface. He is the brother of Peter Graves. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Belzer became an occasional film actor. James Arness (originally Aurness) (born May 26, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an actor best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, a role he played for 20 years, to this day the longest any actor has played the same role on the same show in prime time. He participated in the Channel One comedy group that satirized television and became the basis for the cult movie The Groove Tube.

After the Army, Belzer moved to New York City and began working as a stand-up comic. He soon realized it was a mistake and tried to get out. He unsuccessfully attended junior college and later enlisted in the Army. After high school he was a reporter for the Bridgeport Post.

He worked as a paperboy and became known in school for his uncontrollable wit. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he grew up with his parents and older brother. Richard Belzer (born August 4, 1944) is an American stand up comic and actor.

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