James Arness

1923 - 2011

James Arness

James Arness (born James King Aurness, May 26, 1923 – June 3, 2011) was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon for 20 years in the CBS television series Gunsmoke. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Dillon in five separate decades: 1955 to 1975 in the weekly series, then in Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) and four more made-for-television Gunsmoke films in the 1990s. In Europe, Arness reached cult status for his role as Zeb Macahan in the Western series How the West Was Won. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Arness has received more than 4,512,146 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 2,939th most popular actor.

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  • 4.5M

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  • 46.81

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  • 23

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.54

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.31

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among actors, James Arness ranks 2,915 out of 8,832Before him are Warren Clarke, Colm Meaney, Suriya, John Drew Barrymore, William Levy, and Peter Facinelli. After him are Rolf Hoppe, Yevgeny Morgunov, Sage Stallone, Elizabeth Perkins, Anna Rita Del Piano, and Lara Flynn Boyle.

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Among people born in 1923, James Arness ranks 218Before him are Xie Jin, Sara Lidman, Rhonda Fleming, Dev Anand, Alfredo Nobre da Costa, and Robert Maxwell. After him are Henryk Gulbinowicz, Inger Jacobsen, Ann Miller, Louise Brough, Cathy O'Donnell, and Stefan Bozhkov. Among people deceased in 2011, James Arness ranks 216Before him are Mikhail Simonov, Clemar Bucci, Jean Bartik, Luiz Bueno, Nicol Williamson, and Scott Columbus. After him are Boris Chertok, Ken Olsen, Mario Echandi Jiménez, Agustín García-Gasco Vicente, Andrej Bajuk, and Jack LaLanne.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Arness ranks 4,739 out of 12,171Before him are John Drew Barrymore (1932), Scott Columbus (1956), Lucretia Garfield (1832), Bret Easton Ellis (1964), Jerry Lucas (1940), and Peter Facinelli (1973). After him are Ken Olsen (1926), Sage Stallone (1976), Brian Houghton Hodgson (1800), Elizabeth Perkins (1960), Lara Flynn Boyle (1970), and Karl Logan (1965).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, James Arness ranks 1,416Before him are Peter Jacobson (1965), Theresa Russell (1957), Martin Ferrero (1947), Bob Balaban (1945), John Drew Barrymore (1932), and Peter Facinelli (1973). After him are Sage Stallone (1976), Elizabeth Perkins (1960), Lara Flynn Boyle (1970), Richard Jaeckel (1926), Adam Brody (1979), and Tom Mix (1880).