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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.
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.
How did James Arness die?
James Arness' death was caused by Natural Causes.
|Cause of death||Natural Causes|
|Age of death||88 years|
|Birthday||May 26, 1923|
|Death date||June 3, 2011|
|Place of death||Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Place of burial||N/A|
I was the tallest guy in the school, and I was very conscious of being larger than anybody – classmates and teachers.James Arness
I had a wonderful life and was blessed with so many loving people and great friends.James Arness
I’ve got a little arthritis that I have to deal with. I was 6 feet 7 when I started, and I’ve shrunk up a little bit. I’m probably 6-5 or so now. But up here at 82, I feel pretty good. I’m sticking in there.James Arness
The kids don’t really have any part of my television life. Fortunately, there aren’t many times when show business intrudes on our family existence.James Arness
I had the pleasure of knowing Ronald Reagan before he became Governor of California. He was a truly great human being and we usually spent our time together reminiscing about mutual friends.James Arness