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James Arness Biography

James Arness

James Arness is a popular American actor who was born in May 26, 1923 in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota of United States with the real name James King Aurness. He is remembered as a best person for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon in the history of television series named as Gun Smoke. For the 20 years of his life he played the role of Dillon in 5 different decades of the life. He belongs from America and adopted actor as his profession. He resided in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California permanently from a long time.

James completed his education from Minneapolis Washburn high school.  He also received Alma masters from Beloit Collage. Since his parents were a business man, he wasn’t much interested towards business. His father was from Norway and his mother from German. The family name was entitled with the title Aursnes, because his father was migrated from Norway in 1887. 

Arness dreamed to be a pilot as a naval fighter. But because of his poor vision and problem in eyesight was the major obstacle that blocked him towards it. Anress yet served as a rifleman during the Infantry Division in the 3rd range within the United States. He also landed on Anzio Beachhead in January 22, 1944 that was mentioned in the Autobiography that stated about James Arness. He landed during that time as a rifleman with the second platoon. Arness was also sent to General Hospital at Clinton lowa during the time by the U.S. army because of his short height where he was the 1st one offered to have a landing craft for the determination of the complexity of the water. Arness got married with Virdinia Chapman in 1948 and end their relation in 1960. After the end of first marriage he got married with Janet Surtees whom he stayed with till his death. Arness was the father of 4 children namely, Rolf, Craig, Jim and Jenny Lee. Arness was awarded with Bronze Star medal and Purple Heart due to his hard work and sincerity across. He also has six grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

There was a high rumor of long term relationship between James Arness and actress Thordis Brandt but they never get married either accepted their relationship in public. 

Arness bio states he has the height of 6 feet 7 inch with the weight of 235lbs. but Arness usually states his height is 6 feet 6 inch in the regular newspaper and TV interviews. His chest- waist and hips measurement is 48-36-36 respectively. He was entitled as a tallest leading man in Hollywood by the time.

The net worth of this Hollywood actor isn’t yet found. Still it has been found that he was a successful person during his lifetime. He died at the age of 88 in June 3, 2011 with the natural cause. His further information can also be found in wiki. 


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