Arness, James

Arness, James (b. James Aurness)

(1923–  ) television actor; born in Minneapolis, Minn. He was wounded in the Anzio, Italy, invasion in 1944. After working as a screen actor in the 1940s and 1950s, he took on the role of Marshall Matt Dillon (after John Wayne turned it down), the no-nonsense, good-hearted hero of CBS's Gunsmoke, television's first and longest running Western series (1955–75). His brother was the television actor Peter Graves.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Gripping, action-packed Western based on the classic TV series, starring James Arness, James Brolin and Ali MacGraw.