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Birth Name: James Arness
Born: 05/26/1923
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Death Place: Brentwood, California, USA
Died: 06/03/2011

Born James King Aurness in Minneapolis, MN on May 26, 1923, he was the eldest son of medical supply salesman Rolf Aurness (whose original surname, Aursnes, was changed after immigrating to the United States from Norway) and Ruth Duesler, a newspaper columnist. His younger brother would later assume a family name from his mother's side and find fame as Peter Graves, the star of "Mission: Impossible" (CBS, 1967-1973) and numerous films like "Airplane" (1980). Arness took little interest in formal education, having set his sights on a career at sea, thereby not surprisingly struggling through high school before graduating in 1942. He labored at various jobs before trying his hand at college, bu... Continue Bio >>


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