James Arness

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Birthday
26, 1923
Birthplace
Minneapolis, MN
Death Date
Jun 3, 2011 (88)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
26, 1923
Birthplace
Minneapolis, MN
Death Date
Jun 3, 2011 (88)

About

Portrayed the role of Marshall Dillon on TV's Gunsmoke for twenty years, a role that John Wayne declined and recommended for Arness according to urban legend.

Before Fame

He spent time as a courier for a jewelry wholesaler while attending high school.

Trivia

He was featured on the television show, Gunsmoke.

Family Life

He married first wife Virginia Chapman in 1948. The couple divorced in 1960. He had two sons and daughter. His younger brother, Peter Graves, was also an actor. 

Associated With

He was a close friend of actor John Wayne.

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