James "Marshal Dillon" Arness
James King Aurness
May 26, 1923
|Died||June 3, 2011 (aged 88)|
|Cause of death||Natural causes|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Education||Minneapolis Washburn High School|
Minneapolis West High School
|Alma mater||Beloit College|
|Home town||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
How the West Was Won
|Spouse(s)||Virginia Chapman |
(m.1978–2011, his death)
|Children||Rolf, Craig (deceased), Jim, Jenny Lee (deceased)|
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. The family name had been Aursnes, but when Rolf's father, Peter Aursnes, emigrated from Norway in 1887, he changed it to Aurness. Arness and his family were Methodists. He served in the army in Italy during World War II. He received the Bronze Star.
Death[change | change source]
Filmography[change | change source]
Movies[change | change source]
Television[change | change source]
- The Lone Ranger (1950, 1 episode as Deputy Bud Titus)
- Lux Video Theatre, "The Chase" (1954)
- Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
- Front Row Center (1956)
- The Red Skelton Chevy Special (1959)
- The Chevrolet Golden Anniversary Show (1961)
- A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary (1972)
- The Macahans (1976)
- How The West Was Won (1977-1979 TV series)
- McClain's Law (1981-1982 TV series)
References[change | change source]
- "'Gunsmoke' star James Arness dies at 88". today.msnbc.com. June 3, 2011.
- "Ancestry of James Arness" genealogy.com Accessed 12 January 2014
- James Arness, James E. Wise Jr. (2001) "James Arness: an Autobiography", ISBN 0-7864-1221-6, McFarland & Company Inc., Accessed January 12, 2014
- "Famous Methodists". Adherents.com. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
- Hinckley, David (2011-06-03). "James Arness, actor best remembered on 'Gunsmoke,' dies at age 88". Daily News. New York City. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "The Alamo Thirteen Days to Glory-Overview" New York Times, Accessed 12 January 2014
- "James Arness-Filmography" Fandango.com Accessed 12 January 2014
- "Lone Ranger Fan Club" lonerangerfan.com Accessed 12 January 2014
- "Gunsmoke was not James Arness' first television western," GunsmokeNet.com