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.
. 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. As of 2004, Tom Arnold is the co-host of Fox Sports Net's talk show Best Damn Sports Show Period and he also provides the voice for Arby's "Oven Mitt" character in television commercials. In fact, Wayne recommended Arness for the role of Matt Dillon. Also in 1994, Arnold appeared as Arnold Schwarzenegger's sidekick in the James Cameron blockbuster True Lies. He was a close personal friend of John Wayne's and co-starred in a film with him called Big Jim McClain. Arnold and Barr divorced in 1994.

James Arness served in the United States Army during World War II and was severely wounded at the Battle of Anzio. The couple's marriage attracted media and especially tabloid attention due to their sometimes outrageous behavior. Though primarily identified with Westerns, he also is remembered for appearing in two science fiction films, The Thing from Another World and Them!. On the set of the program, he met the show's star, Roseanne Barr, whom he later married. He is the brother of Peter Graves. Tom Arnold was a writer who appeared regularly as the character "Arnie Thomas" in the popular television sitcom Roseanne (which went on the air in 1988). 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 was born in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Tom Arnold (born March 6, 1959) is an American actor and comedian.

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