James Arness

Personal details

The well known American actor, James Arness was born on 26th May 1923. His star sign is Gemini. He is 6 feet and 6 inches tall. He was born in Minnesota, U.S. His birth name was James King Aurness. James was born to Ruth Duesler, a journalist and Rolf Aurness, a businessman. He belonged to Norwegian and German ancestry. He attended Washburn High School. James attended Beloit College. He had a brother named Peter Graves (deceased).

James was a loyal supporter of the Republican party. His acting mentor was John Wayne (deceased). James was well known to be a private and quiet man. During the second world war, he served as a Rifleman. His military decorations included the combat badge, the victory medal, the bronze star medal and the purple heart.

James had a romantic relationship with Thordis Brandt. He was married to Virginia Chapman in 1948 but got divorced in 1960. He then got married to Janet Surtees in 1978. The actor had kids named Jenny Lee (deceased), Craig (deceased), Rolf Arness and Jim Surtees. James died of natural causes when he was 88 years old.


James Arness played Marshal Matt in an American radio and TV series Gunsmoke for 20 years, directed by Norman Macdonnell. He played Zeb Macahan in a western TV series How the West was Won.

In 1945, he was a radio announcer at Minneapolis station WLOL. James debuted as Peter Holstrom in an American film The Farmer's Daughter in 1947. He played in Gun the Man Down , Battleground, Hondo ,Wagon Master,Big Jim McLain, Island in the Sky, Red River, The Alamo, Alias Jesse James, Flames of the Islands, Them! , Front Row Center ,The Sea Chase,the Veils of Bagdad. His film credits include Stars in My Crown, Hellgate, The Girl in White, Horizons West, The Thing from Another World, Her Twelve Men, The Sea Chase and Many Rivers to Cross.

James has won 5 awards and 1 nomination. He won a Golden Boot award in 1986. He won three Bronze Wrangler award. James was honored as the Star on the Walk of Fame in 1960. He was nominated three Primetime Emmy award. James had 50,837 likes and 50,680 followers on Facebook. He earned a Net worth of around $8 million.

Last Modified: Mar 6, 2020

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