8 out-of-this-world facts about James Arness
Brothers Peter Graves and James Arness with their dad. Peter . Peter Graves ( Mission Impossible) with brother James Arness (Gunsmoke) in WWII. James. Ten days after the invasion, Arness was severely wounded in the leg and foot His marriage to Virginia Chapman ended in divorce in . His best friend and younger brother Peter Graves, died on March 14, , Personal Quotes ( 5). And it was the 6' 7" frame of the hardy James Arness that gave the his brother, Peter, used the maternal family name, "Graves," for his stage.
Graves also made a guest appearance in the teen soap opera Class of 74 in mid, playing himself. The World of Sciencebased on Discover Magazine. After playing mainly serious roles in the s, he appeared as Captain Clarence Oveur in the early s comedies Airplane!
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Impossible series being commissioned. Graves was the only cast member from the original series to return as a regular, reprising his role as James Phelps, though others most notably Greg Morriswhose son Phil was a regular in this version made guest appearances.
The new version of Mission: Impossible lasted for two seasons, ending in Bookending his work on Mission: Impossible, Graves starred in two pilot films called Call to Danger, which were an attempt to create a Mission: Impossible—style series in which Graves played a government agent the Bureau of National Resources who recruited civilians with special talents for secret missions. Impossible Dossier which White reports was actually the second such pilot, but Graves was not involved in the firstis credited with winning Graves the role of Phelps; after Mission: Impossible ended inGraves filmed a third version of the pilot this one structured as a made-for-TV moviebut it did not sell as a series.
He acted with Loretta Young in his first film. After his discharge from the Army, Arness worked as a radio announcer in Minneapolis for a spell before hitchhiking his way to Hollywood.
The Everett Collection 4. He appeared in two classic sci-fi movies.
Though he is synonymous with Marshal Matt Dillon, Arness appeared in two classic science fiction films early on in his career: In The Thing, the 6' 7" actor was a perfect fit for the titular "thing," a murderous alien that wreaks havoc on a North Pole scientific outpost.
Of course, Arness is heavily made-up and unrecognizable as the honest do-gooder he would soon become. The Everett Collection 5. He was good friends with John Wayne.
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John Wayne even recommended that Arness star in Gunsmoke and introduces his friend in a prologue to the first episode of the series. The Everett Collection 6.Peter Graves/Mission Impossible, brother James Arness and Airplane!
He was a surfer. The towering Gunsmoke marshal was called to the waves at San Onofre Surf Beach and enjoyed hanging ten.
The sport ran in the family. The goofy-foot's son, Rolf, won the World Surfing Championships.