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. Blore died of a heart attack on March 2, 1959 in Hollywood, California. 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. Other memorable roles included Sir Alfred McGlennan Keith in the Preston Sturges film The Lady Eve (1941) with Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda, and a small part as Charles Kimble in the second of the seven Bing Crosby-Bob Hope "Road" films, Road to Zanzibar (1941). In fact, Wayne recommended Arness for the role of Matt Dillon. Some of his most memorable on-screen moments took place in Top Hat (1935) and Shall We Dance (1937). He was a close personal friend of John Wayne's and co-starred in a film with him called Big Jim McClain. Blore appeared more frequently than any other supporting player in the series of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals at RKO, five of nine.

James Arness served in the United States Army during World War II and was severely wounded at the Battle of Anzio. He moved onto film and appeared in over eighty Hollywood films. Though primarily identified with Westerns, he also is remembered for appearing in two science fiction films, The Thing from Another World and Them!. After the death of his first wife, Violet Winter, he remarried a woman named Clara Mackin in 1926. He is the brother of Peter Graves. In 1923 he went to the United States and began playing character roles on Broadway. 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. Eventual he appeared in several shows and revues in England.

He gained theater experience while touring Australia. He worked as an insurance agent for a time. Blore was born in London, England. Eric Blore (December 23, 1887 - March 2, 1959) comic actor.

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