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James Arness (James King Aurness)

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Biography

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
American leading man famed as the star of one of the longest-running shows in U.S. television history, Gunsmoke (1955). Born of Norwegian heritage (the family name, Aurness, had formerly 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. Read more...

Actor

Character: Peter Holstrom

The Farmer's Daughter 1947

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Character: Mal Baxter

Big Jim McLain 1952

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Character: Tiny McGilligan

Horizons West 1952

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Character: Mac McMullen

Island in the Sky 1953

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Character: Schlieter

The Sea Chase 1955

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Character: Esau Hamilton

Many Rivers to Cross 1955

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Character: Joel Kingdom

The First Traveling Saleslady 1956

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Character: Kelly Rand

Flame of the Islands 1956

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Character: Marshal Matt Dillon

Alias Jesse James 1959

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Character: Himself - Memorial Tribute

18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012

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Character: Himself

Wide Wide World 1955

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Character: John Fordman 'Johnny' O'Hara

The People Against O'Hara 1951

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Character: Lennie - Army Indian Scout

Hondo 1953

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Character: Himself

Hollywood Goes to War 0

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