How Did James Arness Die? Date of Death, Cause of Death, Age, and Birthday

James Arness death

The TV actor James Arness passed away at age 88, impressive.

Biography - A Short Wiki

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?

Natural Causes caused James Arness' death in 2011.

Information about the death of James Arness
Cause of deathNatural Causes
Age of death88 years
ProfessionTv Actor
BirthdayMay 26, 1923
Death dateJune 3, 2011
Place of deathBrentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place of burialN/A


I watch television all the time, mostly PBS and old movies like ‘The Quiet Man,’ my favorite Wayne movie. It’s marvelous. I just loved the man and still do.

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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.

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I had a wonderful life and was blessed with so many loving people and great friends.

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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.

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I was honored to have served in the Army for my country. I was at Anzio during WWII, and it makes you realize how very precious life is.

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