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James Arness Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Spouse, Biography

James Arness Quick Info
Height 6 ft 7 in
Weight 105 kg
Date of Birth May 26, 1923
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Date of Death June 3, 2011

James Arness was an American actor and producer who is best remembered for playing the role of Marshal Matt Dillon in the CBS television series Gunsmoke for 20 years. Moreover, his film credits include The Farmer’s Daughter, In a Lonely Place, The Man From Texas, Roses Are RedStars In My CrownBattlegroundWagon MasterSierra, Two Lost Worlds, Hellgate, Wyoming MailThe Thing from Another WorldBelle Le Grand, Iron Man, Double Crossbones, The People Against O’HaraThe Girl in WhiteBig Jim McLain, Horizons WestThe Lone HandThe Veils of Bagdad, Many Rivers to CrossThe Sea ChaseGunsmoke: Return to Dodge, Gun the Man Down, The First Traveling Saleslady, Gunsmoke: To the Last Man, and Flame of the Islands. James Aurness was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1751 Vine Street for his contributions to the television industry.

Born Name

James King Aurness

Nick Names

Jim, Jimmy, James Aurness

James Arness as seen in a still
James Arness as seen in a still (Steve Mays / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Age

He was born on May 26, 1923.

Died

On June 3, 2011, James Arness died from natural causes at the age of 88 at his Brentwood home in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Sun Sign

Gemini

Born Place

Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States

Residence

He resided in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Nationality

American

 

Education

James Arness studied at John Burroughs Grade SchoolWashburn High School, and West High School in Minneapolis. In June 1942, he graduated high school.

He subsequently got enrolled at Beloit College and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Occupation

Actor, Producer

Family

  • Father – Rolf Cirkler Aurness (Businessperson)
  • Mother – Ruth Duesler (Journalist)
  • Siblings – Peter Graves (b. Peter Duesler Aurness) (March 18, 1926 – March 14, 2010) (Younger Brother) (Actor)
  • Others – Joan Endress Graves (Sister-In-Law, Peter’s Wife), Amanda (Niece), Kelly (Niece), Claudia (Niece)

Net Worth

According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth was $8 Million.

Build

Average

James Arness with his son, Rolf, in a publicity photo in 1959
James Arness with his son, Rolf, in a publicity photo in 1959 (CBS Television / eBay / Public Domain)

Height

6 ft 7 in or 200.5 cm

Weight

105 kg or 231.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

James Arness had dated –

  1. Tura Satana – He once hooked up with Japanese actor Tura Satana.
  2. Virginia Chapman (1948-1960)​ – In 1948, James Arness married actor Virginia Chapman and adopted her son Craig (1946 – December 14, 2004), born from a previous marriage. Virginia also gave birth to their 2 children – a son named Rolf Aurness (b. February 18, 1952) and a daughter named Jenny Lee Arness (May 23, 1950 – May 12, 1975). Virginia Chapman and James divorced in 1960. Rolf became the World Surfing Champion in 1970 while Jenny died of a drug overdose in 1975.
  3. Thordis Brandt (1965-1972) – James Arness started going out with actor Thordis Brandt in the year 1965. The duo went out for some years before parting ways in 1972.
  4. Janet Surtees (1978-2011) – He married Janet Surtees in 1978 and they remained together until his death in 2011.

Race / Ethnicity

White

James Arness was of Norwegian descent on his father’s side and had German roots on his mother’s side.

Hair Color

Blonde (Natural)

Eye Color

Blue

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Shy and sensitive personality
  • Towering height
  • Commanding voice

Brand Endorsements

Arness was cast in a magazine advertisement for L&M cigarettes in 1958.

Religion

Methodism

From Left to Right - Amanda Blake (as Miss Kitty), James Arness (as Matt Dillon), Milburn Stone (as Doc Adams), and Burt Reynolds (as Quint Asper) as the main cast for the television program 'Gunsmoke' in 1963
From Left to Right – Amanda Blake (as Miss Kitty), James Arness (as Matt Dillon), Milburn Stone (as Doc Adams), and Burt Reynolds (as Quint Asper) as the main cast for the television program ‘Gunsmoke’ in 1963 (CBS Television / eBay / Public Domain)

James Arness Facts

  1. In 1943, he was drafted into the US Army and his military decorations included the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and others.
  2. James Arness brought to life the character of Zeb Macahan in the Western television series How The West Was Won from 1977 to 1979. The role made him a cult figure in Europe.
  3. He was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in 1981.
  4. TV Guide ranked James Arness at number #20 on its list of “50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time” in 1996.
  5. In 2006, he was inducted into the Santa Clarita Walk of Western Stars.

Featured Image by Steve Mays / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

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