- NAME: James Arness
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Television Actor, Radio Personality
- BIRTH DATE: May 26, 1923
- DEATH DATE: June 03, 2011
- Did You Know?: James Arness was the older brother of actor Peter Graves.
- EDUCATION: Beloit College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Minneapolis, Minnesota
- PLACE OF DEATH: Los Angeles, California
- Full Name: James King Arness
- AKA: James Arness
- AKA: James Aurness
- Originally: James King Aurness
Best Known For
Actor James Arness received fame and fortune for his portrayal of Marshal Matt Dillon on the television series Gunsmoke, which aired from 1955 to 1975.
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Arness experienced difficult times in his personal life--his first marriage ended in divorce, and he lost a daughter to a drug overdose in 1975--but he was happy with his second wife, Janet Surtees, whom he married in 1978. And, thanks to the character who made him famous, he was named an honorary U.S. Marshal. On June 3, 2011, at the age of 88, Arness died at his home in Los Angeles, California.
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