James Arness

James Arness

Highest Rated: 100% Wagon Master (1950)

Lowest Rated: 80% Island in the Sky (1953)

Birthday: May 26, 1923

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Arguably one of the most famous television performers of the 1950s through the 1970s, James Arness played the law-abiding Marshal Matt Dillon on "Gunsmoke" (CBS, 1955-1975), the longest-running drama in television history. Prior to the show's launch, Arness was a World War II hero-turned-actor who struggled to find substantive roles, largely due to his towering height; the best of these was as the title monster in "The Thing from Another World" (1951). John Wayne took an interest in Arness and helped him to land the role on "Gunsmoke," which would dominate the majority of his career for 20 years. After its cancellation, the actor appeared in several subsequent Western-themed series, but returned to Dodge City as Dillon for a string of reunion TV movies in the early 1990s. The enduring popularity of "Gunsmoke" in reruns assured Arness that he would continue to ride the range in viewers' imaginations forever.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice Matt Dillon (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke: The Long Ride Matt Dillon (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 50% Gunsmoke: To the Last Man Matt Dillon (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 50% Gunsmoke: The Last Apache Matt Dillon (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Red River Thomas Dunson (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 55% Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge Matt Dillon (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 64% The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory Jim Bowie (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet McClain's Law Det. Jim McClain (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Macahans Zeb Macahan (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 38% Alias Jesse James Marshal Matt Dillon (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 30% Gun the Man Down Rem Anderson (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 25% The First Traveling Saleslady Joel Kingdom (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 53% The Sea Chase Schlieter (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flame of the Islands Kelly Rand (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 29% Many Rivers to Cross Esau Hamilton (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Hand Gus Varden (Character) - 1954
97% 77% Them! Robert Graham (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Veils of Bagdad Targut (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 44% Her Twelve Men Ralph Munsey (Character) - 1954
80% 62% Island in the Sky Mac McMullen (Character) - 1953
86% 74% Hondo Lennie - Army Indian Scout (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hellgate Unknown (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl in White Matt (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 42% Big Jim McLain Mal Baxter (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 40% Horizons West Tiny McGilligan (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 54% Carbine Williams Leon Williams (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 31% The People Against O'Hara John Fordman `'Johnny'` O'Hara (Character) - 1951
86% 73% The Thing Lt. Eddie Dykes (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Man Alex Mallick (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Lost Worlds Kirk Hamilton (Character) - 1950
83% No Score Yet Wyoming Mail Russell (Character) - 1950
100% 67% Wagon Master Floyd Clegg (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sierra Little Sam (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Roses Are Red Ray (Character) - 1947
100% 77% The Farmer's Daughter Peter Holstrom (Character) - 1947

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet How the West Was Won Zebulon Macahan (Character) 1977-1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Marshal Matt Dillion (Character) 1955-1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Character) 1955-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1950

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