James Arness Movies List

James Arness
James Arness
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
The Farmer's Daughter

Actor James Arness Filmography

Showing 1 to 10 of 28 movies
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man
Artist: James Arness , Pat Hingle , Amy Stoch , Matt Mulhern
Director: Jerry Jameson
Release date: 10-01-1992
John Wayne Standing Tall
Artist: James Arness , Peter Bogdanovich , Angie Dickinson , Joanne Dru
Director: John Musilli
Release date: 01-03-1989
Red River
Red River ( English )
Director: Richard Michaels
Music Director: Kenneth Wannberg
Release Year: 1988
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge
Artist: James Arness , Amanda Blake , Buck Taylor , Fran Ryan , Earl Holliman
Director: Vincent McEveety , Bud Grace , Joe Thornton , Temple Anderson , Bud Grace , Joe Thornton
Music Director: Jerrold Immel , G. Michael Graham , George Tarrant , Kelly Zombor , Robert Drasnin , Robert Takagi
Release date: 27-09-1987
Alias Jesse James
Alias Jesse James ( English )
Artist: Bob Hope , Rhonda Fleming , Bing Crosby , Gary Cooper , James Arness
Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Release date: 20-03-1959
Gun The Man Down
Gun The Man Down ( English )
Release date: 15-11-1956
Morski pościg
Morski pościg ( English )
Artist: John Wayne , Lana Turner , David Farrar , James Arness , Tab Hunter
Director: John Farrow
Music Director: Roy Webb
Release date: 04-06-1955
Many Rivers To Cross
Many Rivers To Cross ( English )
Director: Roy Rowland
Release date: 04-02-1955
Them! ( English )
Artist: Edmund Gwenn , Joan Weldon , James Arness , James Whitmore , Onslow Stevens
Director: Gordon Douglas
Music Director: Bronislau Kaper
Release date: 16-06-1954
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James Arness Biography

The star of one of the longest-running shows in U.S. television history, Gunsmoke (1955). Born of Norwegian heritage (the family name, Aurness (formerly had been Aursness) in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Rolf and Ruth Duesler Aurness. His father was a traveling salesman of medical supplies and his mother later became a newspaper columnist. James attended West High School in Minneapolis. Although he appeared in school plays, he had no interest in performing, and dreamed instead of going to sea. After high school, he attended one semester at Beloit College before receiving his draft notice in 1943. He entered the army and trained at Camp Wheeler, Georgia, before shipping out for North Africa. After landing at Casablanca, Arness joined the 3rd Infantry Division in time for the invasion of Anzio. Ten days after the invasion, Arness was severely wounded in the leg and foot by German machine-gun fire. His wounds, which plagued him the rest of his life, resulted in his medical discharge from the army. While recuperating in a Clinton, Iowa hospital, he was visited by his younger brother Peter (later to gain fame as actor Peter Graves), who suggested he take a radio course at the University of Minnesota. James did so, and a teacher recommended him for a job as an announcer at a Minneapolis radio station. Though seemingly headed for success in radio, he followed a boyhood friend's suggestion and went with the friend to Hollywood in hopes of getting work as film extras. He studied at the Bliss-Hayden Theatre School under actor Harry Hayden, and while appearing in a play there was spotted by agent Leon Lance. Lance got the actor a role as Loretta Young's brother in The Farmer's Daughter (1947). The director of that film, H.C. Potter, recommended that he drop the "u" from his last name and soon thereafter the actor was officially known as James Arness. Little work followed this break,  He appeared in a production of "Candida", and married his leading lady, Virginia Chapman. He began to get small roles with frequency, often, due to his size, villainous characters. Most notable among these was that of the space alien in The Thing from Another World (1951). While playing a Greek warrior in a play, Arness was spotted by agent Charles K. Feldman, who represented John Wayne. Feldman introduced Arness to Wayne, who put the self-described 6' 6" actor under personal contract. Arness played several roles over the next few years for and with Wayne, whom he considered a mentor. In 1955, Wayne recommended Arness for the lead role of Matt Dillon in the TV series Gunsmoke (1955). (Contrary to urban legend, Wayne himself was never offered the role.) Arness at first declined, thinking a TV series could derail his growing film career, but Wayne argued for the show, and Arness accepted. After the cancellation of "Gunsmoke" in 1975, Arness took on another successful Western project, "How The West Was Won." A brief modern police drama, McClain's Law (1981), followed, and Arness played his mentor John Wayne's role in Red River (1988), a remake of the Wayne classic.

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