James Arness

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James "Marshal Dillon" Arness
Born James King Aurness
May 26, 1923(1923-05-26)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Died June 3, 2011(2011-06-03) (aged 88)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of death Natural causes[1]
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Residence Brentwood, Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Education Minneapolis Washburn High School
Minneapolis West High School
Alma mater Beloit College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1947–94
Home town Minneapolis, Minnesota
Television Gunsmoke,
How the West Was Won
Spouse Virginia Chapman
(m.1948–1960, divorced)
Janet Surtees
(m.1978–2011, his death)
Children Rolf, Craig (deceased), Jim, Jenny Lee (deceased)
Relatives Peter Graves
(brother, deceased)
Website
jamesarness.com

James King Arness (May 26, 1923 – June 3, 2011) was an American actor. He was best known for his role in Gunsmoke. He played the character Marshal Matt Dillon. His younger brother was actor Peter Graves.

Early life[change | change source]

Arness was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He dropped the "u" when he started acting. His mother was of German ancestry; his father was of Norwegian ancestry.[2] The family name had been Aursnes, but when Rolf's father, Peter Aursnes, emigrated from Norway in 1887, he changed it to Aurness.[3] Arness and his family were Methodists.[4] He served in the army in Italy during World War II. He received the Bronze Star.

Death[change | change source]

Arness died in Los Angeles at age 88 of natural causes.[5]

Filmography[change | change source]

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