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. When speaking Spanish, he has an Andalusian accent, but he usually substitutes it with a standard Castilian one when acting. 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 tried his hand at directing with a film featuring his wife. In fact, Wayne recommended Arness for the role of Matt Dillon. He has shown sympathies for the Spanish Socialist Party. He was a close personal friend of John Wayne's and co-starred in a film with him called Big Jim McClain. He invested his movie earnings in businesses marketing Andalusian products, which he promotes in Spain and the USA.

James Arness served in the United States Army during World War II and was severely wounded at the Battle of Anzio. He is probably the most famous Spanish actor. Though primarily identified with Westerns, he also is remembered for appearing in two science fiction films, The Thing from Another World and Them!. They have a daughter, Stella del Carmen. The Banderas-Griffith family established themselves at Hollywood, where Antonio usually plays Latinos. He is the brother of Peter Graves. He divorced his Spanish wife and, in 1996, married American actress Melanie Griffith, whom he had met during the shooting of Two Much. 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 first gained wide attention through a series of films with director Pedro Almodóvar between 1982 and 1990, and is one of the stars of the three Spy Kids movies (2001-2003).

As a young man, he went penniless to Madrid to make a career in the Spanish film industry. Antonio Banderas (born August 10, 1960), born José Antonio Domínguez Bandera, is a Spanish actor born in Málaga. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1989). Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990).

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