Remembering Matt Dillon -James Arness suffered the suicide of …
Arness was born on May 26, 1923, in Minneapolis to Ruth and Rolf Aurness, a salesman for a medical supply company. He later changed the spelling of his name in Hollywood. James Arness, the 6-foot-6 actor who towered over the television landscape for two decades as righteous Dodge City lawman Matt Dillon in “Gunsmoke,” died in 2011 He was 88.
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