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James Arness

James Arness
Photo: Steve Mays / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0

Birth Date

May 26, 1923


June 3, 2011


United States

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Dark Brown

Eye color

Light Brown


6 ft 7 in | 201 cm


102 kg | 225 lbs

Shoe size

Not available

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

James Arness was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, on May 26, 1923, was an American actor.

Young James Arness first started performing in school plays.

He made his big screen debut in comedy film The Farmer's Daughter (1947) in role as Peter.

He got his television debut in ABC Western drama series The Lone Ranger (1950) in episode "Matter of Courage", in role as Deputy Bud Titus.

James's breakthrough performance came as The Thing in science fiction horror film The Thing from Another World (1951).

James Arness Height and Weight

How tall was James Arness and what was his weight? James Arness's height was 6' 7" іn fееt аnd іnсhеѕ or 201 іn cеntіmеtrеѕ, his weight was 225 іn pоunds or 102 іn kіlоgrаmѕ.

Best Movies

Two Lost Worlds (1951) science fiction adventure as Kirk Hamilton

Hellgate (1952) Western as George Redfield

Big Jim McLain (1952) political thriller as Mal Baxter

Island in the Sky (1953) aviation adventure drama as Mac McMullen

Them! (1954) science fiction monster as Robert Graham

Many Rivers To Cross (1955) Western as Esau Hamilton

The Sea Chase (1955) drama as Schlieter

Gun the Man Down (1956) Western as Rem Anderson

Flame of the Islands (1956) noir crime as Kelly Rand

The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) Western comedy as Joel Kingdom

He played Marshal Matt Dillon in Western television films:

Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987)

Gunsmoke II: The Last Apache (1990)

Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (1992)

Gunsmoke IV: The Long Ride (1993)

Gunsmoke V: One Man's Justice (1993)

Best TV Shows

He was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for his role as Marshal Matt Dillon in Western drama series Gunsmoke (1955–1975).

He won the Western Heritage Bronze Wrangler Award for his role as Zeb Macahan in Western television series The Macahans (1976).

He portrayed Zeb Macahan / Zeb in Western series How the West Was Won (1976-1979).

He played Det. Jim McClain in NBC crime drama series McClain's Law (1981-1982).


Graduated from West High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1942).

Studied at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Had younger brother, Peter.

Had Norwegian ancestry.

He served in the United States Army during World War II.

He was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City (1981).

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1751 Vine Street in 1960.

He released autobiography James Arness: An Autobiography in 2001.

James died on June 3, 2011, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 88.


He was married to Virginia Chapman (1948-1960), they had son, Rolf Arness and daughter, Jenny Lee Arness

Janet Surtees (1978-2011)


He was engaged to Thordis Brandt (1970-1972).

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