James Arness

James Arness

Born May 26, 1923
  • Actor, Soldier, Television Producer
James King Arness was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon in the television series Gunsmoke for 20 years. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Dillon in five separate decades: 1955 to 1975 in the weekly series, then in Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge and fou...

James Arness Stats


: James Aurness, James King Aurness, Jim Arness, Jim Aurness, James King Arness, Jim, James "Marshal Dillon" Arness


: Actor, Soldier, Television Producer


: 6 ft 7 in (2.007 m)


: Germans | Norwegians


: United States of America

Date of Birth

: May 26, 1923 - Jun 3, 2011 (88 years old)

Place of Birth

: Minneapolis

Date of Death

: Jun 3, 2011

Place of Death

: Los Angeles

Cause of Death

: Natural causes

James Arness Film Roles

  1. Island in the Sky
    Mac McMullen
    Island in the Sky
  2. Them!
    Robert Graham
  3. Alias Jesse James
    Marshal Matt Dillon
  4. Hondo
    Lennie - Army Indian Scout
  5. The People Against O'Hara
    John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara
  6. The First Traveling Saleslady
    Joel Kingdom
  7. Big Jim McLain
    Mal Baxter
  8. The Thing
    The Thing
    The Thing
  9. Two Lost Worlds
    Kirk Hamilton

James Arness TV Starring Roles

  1. Gunsmoke
    Marshal Matt Dillon
  2. How the West Was Won
    Zeb Macahan
  3. McClain's Law
    Det. Jim McClain

James Arness TV Guest Roles

  1. The Challenge
    Hemp Brown
  2. Bing Crosby (on film) / James Arness / Mike Kellin & Sondra Lee
  3. Sept. 8 1955
  4. Matter of Courage
  5. The Chase
    Chuck Scott

James Arness Books

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