James Arness (1923-2011)

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James Arness (1923-2011)

Post  BoG on Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:52 pm

James Arness died on June 3, at age 88.

Though best known as Marshall Dillon in the long-running TV western series Gunsmoke, Arness is also famous to sci-fi fans for his roles in 3 films early in his career: starring in the low budget Two Lost Worlds (1951), playing the hostile alien monster in The Thing From Another World (1951) - suitable for his 6'7" height - and as the FBI agent helping James Whitmore battle giant ants in Them! (1954).
Arness (credited as James Aurness early on) became friends with John Wayne in the early fifties and Wayne recommended him for the role in Gunsmoke, which was the longest-running TV series, at 20 years, until finally surpassed by The Simpsons a year ago. Arness was the older brother to Peter Graves, who also did his share of low budget sci-fi features in the fifties.
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