James Arness
(1923- )

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Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota his real name is James Aurness. Peter Graves ("Mission: Impossible)" is his brother.

American leading man who found great fame on television. At 6'6" he is one of the tallest leading men in Hollywood.

When John Wayne turned down the lead to the series "Gunsmoke", he recommended James Arness, who went on to great fame in the role.

First film: THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER (47) followed by many outstanding credits including:

BATTLEGROUND
WAGONMASTER
THE SEA CHASE
THE FIRST TRAVELING SALESLADY

TV series:

GUNSMOKE (55-75) As Marshal Dillon, in the longest running drama on TV.
HOW THE WEST WAS WON (76-79)
MCLAIN'S LAW (81)

TV Movies include: GUNSMOKE: TO THE LAST MAN

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