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James Arness

James Arness
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Birth Date

May 26, 1923

Died

June 3, 2011

Nationality

United States

Sun Sign

Gemini

Natural hair color

Dark Brown

Eye color

Light Brown

Height

6 ft 7 in | 201 cm

Weight

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 opposite Gloria Petroff and Kasey Rogers

Hellgate (1952) Western with Sterling Hayden and Joan Leslie

Big Jim McLain (1952) political thriller opposite John Wayne and Nancy Olson

Island in the Sky (1953) aviation adventure drama with John Wayne and Lloyd Nolan

Them! (1954) science fiction monster opposite James Whitmore and Joan Weldon

Many Rivers To Cross (1955) Western with Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker

The Sea Chase (1955) drama opposite John Wayne and Lana Turner

Gun the Man Down (1956) Western with Angie Dickinson and Robert J. Wilke

Flame of the Islands (1956) noir crime opposite Yvonne De Carlo and Barbara O'Neil

The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) Western comedy with Ginger Rogers and Carol Channing

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 television series How the West Was Won (1976-1979).

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

Facts

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.

Spouse

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

Janet Surtees (1978-2011)

Relationships

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

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