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. Beery has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7001 Hollywood Blvd. 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. Academy Awards and Nominations. In fact, Wayne recommended Arness for the role of Matt Dillon. He died in Beverly Hills, California of a heart attack and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, in Glendale, California. He was a close personal friend of John Wayne's and co-starred in a film with him called Big Jim McClain. He made several comedies with Marie Dressler and Marjorie Main, but his career began to slow down in his last decade.

James Arness served in the United States Army during World War II and was severely wounded at the Battle of Anzio. He followed that up with The Champ in 1931 and the role of Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1934). Though primarily identified with Westerns, he also is remembered for appearing in two science fiction films, The Thing from Another World and Them!. Beery appeared in the highly-successful 1930 prison film The Big House (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor). He is the brother of Peter Graves. With the transition to sound film he was for a time put out of work, but Irving Thalberg had no objection to Beery's gruff slow speech as a character actor, and hired him under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 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. In the following years, he began to play villains in several movies.

They were married a year later, but the marriage did not survive his drinking and abuse. In 1915, Beery starred with Gloria Swanson in Sweedie Goes to College. In 1913, he moved to Hollywood, where he began to appear in a series of comedy silent films for Essanay Studios, cast against gender as a Swedish maid. He found work in New York City in musical variety and began to appear on Broadway.

He left two years later after being clawed by a leopard. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Beery joined the Ringling Brothers circus at the age of sixteen as an assistant elephant trainer. Wallace Beery (April 1, 1885 - April 15, 1949) was a United States actor, best known for his many cinema appearances. 1930 Nominated The Big House.

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