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. [1] (http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3936825). 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. In December 2004 his 14-year-old grand-daughter Lucy was lost in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. As of 29 December, his elder daughter and her mother-in-law, both named Jane Holland, are missing. In fact, Wayne recommended Arness for the role of Matt Dillon. He has been married to Sheila Sim since 1945 and has three children. He was a close personal friend of John Wayne's and co-starred in a film with him called Big Jim McClain. He was elected to the post on March 20, 1998, replacing the Duke of Richmond and Gordon.

James Arness served in the United States Army during World War II and was severely wounded at the Battle of Anzio. As of 2004, Lord Attenborough is the Chancellor of the University of Sussex. Though primarily identified with Westerns, he also is remembered for appearing in two science fiction films, The Thing from Another World and Them!. In 1967 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, knighted in 1976 and in 1993 he was made a life peer as Baron Attenborough, of Richmond upon Thames in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. He is the brother of Peter Graves. He won the 1982 Academy Award for Directing for his motion picture epic, Gandhi. 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. Lord Attenborough is President of RADA and chairman of Capital Radio. He is also the elder brother of the broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

He was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough (born August 29, 1923 in Cambridge, England) is an actor and director. Grey Owl (1999). In Love and War (1996).

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