James Arness Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education and Career

James Arness Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, and Career.

James Arness Net Worth 2020 – Those who have followed CBS television series Gunsmoke, it is easy to relate with James Arness who has played the role of Marshal Matt Dillon for as much as two decades.

Arness was an actor who has spent close to five decades on screen. Having died since 2011, his name is still not lost looking at all he has achieved in his lifetime.


The actor was born James King Aurness on May 26, 1923, in the United States, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He was of German and Norwegian descent and was brought up together with his brother, Peter Graves by their parents; Rolf Cirkler Aurness who was a businessman and Ruth Duesler.

His parents suffered a divorce in the 1940s.

Arness got married to Virginia Chapman in 1948 and end their relationship in 1960.

After the end of the first marriage, he got married to Janet Surtees and stayed with her until his death. Arness was the father of 4 children; Rolf, Craig, Jim, and Jenny Lee.

Arness was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart due to his hard work and sincerity across. He also has six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

There was a high rumor of a long-term relationship between James Arness and actress Thordis Brandt but they never get married either accepted their relationship in public.

James Arness Net Worth


The actor went to John Burroughs Grade School, before attending Washburn High School, and then West High School in Minneapolis.

Before his graduation in 1942, Arness took to a number of jobs including loading and unloading railway boxcars and also as a courier for a jewelry wholesaler.


What James Arness had wanted to become after graduation was a naval fighter pilot, but it was not possible considering his massive height of 6 feet 7 inches which were five inches more than the 6 feet 2 inches that were the limit for aviators.

Because of this, he decided to join the US Army where he served from 1943 until 1945 when he had to take a rest following an injury he sustained.

After he left the military, James began working as a radio announcer before he later took to acting and changed his name from “Aurness”.

He got his first role in 1947 when he appeared in The Farmer’s Daughter. In the same year, he appeared in Roses Are Red. By 1993, he had already appeared in close to 40 films.

On TV, he appeared in a number of productions including The Lone Ranger(1950), Lux Video Theatre (1954), and Gunsmoke (1955–1975) which became his biggest work.

His career was decorated with a few recognitions including three Emmy Awards nominations.

James Arness Net Worth

Is James dead

Arness died of natural causes at his Brentwood home in Los Angeles on June 3, 2011, at the age of 88.

Net Worth

James Arness had a net worth of $8 million.