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. He has a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. 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 was the grandfather of Jaws writer Peter Benchley. In fact, Wayne recommended Arness for the role of Matt Dillon. His short film How to Sleep won an Academy Award in 1938. He was a close personal friend of John Wayne's and co-starred in a film with him called Big Jim McClain. Perelman, and James Thurber.

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With Dorothy Parker and Robert E. At Harvard, he was a leading contributor to the Harvard Lampoon. His humor was based on everyday life, news oddities, and absurd, almost surreal essays such as his "Uncle Edith" series. His books were illustrated by Gluyas Williams, whose spare, knowing line drawings added to Benchley's success.

His essays were published in collections including Of All Things, Benchley Beside Himself, Inside Benchley, and Chips Off the Old Benchley. Robert Charles Benchley (September 15, 1889 in Worcester, Massachusetts – November 21, 1945) was a humorist, newspaper columnist, film actor, drama editor.

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