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James Arness

Born: May 26, 1923, Minneapolis, Minnesota

James Arness is an American actor best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke for 20 years.

What do you know about James Arness? Take this quick FUN TV Westerns Hall of Fame Trivia. "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

Western Movies Trivia Q&A.  Trivia powered by ABE.1. James Arness is an Emmy-nominated American actor best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke for 20 years. Who is his actor brother?

  • Chuck Connors
  • Peter Breck
  • Peter Graves
  • Ben Johnson

2. Arness served in the United States Army during World War II with the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division, and was severely wounded during Operation Shingle, at Anzio, Italy, leading to a lifelong slight limp. What medal did he NOT earn?

  • Medal of Honor
  • Bronze Star
  • Purple Heart
  • European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

3. The Thing from Another World is a 1951 science fiction film which tells the story of an Air Force crew and scientists at a remote Arctic research outpost who fight a malevolent plant-based alien being. Who did Arness play?

  • Dr. Carrington
  • Captain Patrick Hendry
  • The Thing
  • Lt. Eddie Dykes

4. In Hondo (1953), who does Arness play?

  • Lennie - Army Indian Scout
  • Ed Lowe
  • Buffalo Baker
  • Lieutenant McKay

5. Arness wins three Emmy awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series.

  • True or False?

6. In 1981, What year is he inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

  • 1981
  • 1985
  • 1990
  • 1995

7. After Gunsmoke leaves the air in 1975, what is his next Western series?

  • The Marshall
  • Frontiersman
  • How the West Was Won
  • 5:10 to Yuma

8. What is the a brief turn as a big city police officer in the short-lived 1981 series?

  • McClain's Law
  • McCabe and Mrs. Jones
  • Burke�s Law
  • Law & Order

9. In the made for TV movie, Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge, Will Mannon, "product of the Devil's loins," is released from a frontier prison and promptly goes in search of the people who put him there some 12 years ago -- Matt Dillon and Kitty Russell. Who plays Will Mannon?

  • Steve Forrest
  • William Morgan Sheppard
  • Ben Johnson
  • Harry Carey, Jr.

10. He made Red River, a Made for TV Movie. It is a remake of the 1948 movie of the same name. Arness portrays a rancher at odds with his adopted son. Who plays Thomas Dunson in the 1948 original?

  • John Wayne
  • Ward Bond
  • Walter Brennan
  • Art Carney

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