Because of James Arness' height, he was cast in the original scifi thriller as the Thing.
James received the International Broadcasting Award, and was named Man of the Year in 1973.
In 1987, James was made an Honorary Citizen of Tucson, Arizona.
James received a Purple Heart after being wounded in World War II.
James' Hollywood star is located near the corner of Hollywood & Vine across the street from Capital Records at 1751 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA.
James attended Beloit College.
James was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.
James' nickname is Jim.
James was named an Honorary United States Marshal, "In recognition of his unique contribution to the Image and Traditions of the U.S. Marshal's Service."
James stands 6'7" tall.
James was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1981. The museum is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
James auditioned for his Gunsmoke role on the advice of friend John Wayne, who had already turned down the part.
James' brother is Peter Graves, also an actor.
Jim: I thought I would go back to school and really be serious and try to get a college degree. But when I did get home, I still found that I had this restlessness and I wasn't cut out to be a student.
Jim: We're the only TV series that has appeared in five consecutive decades.
James: What made us different from other westerns was the fact that Gunsmoke wasn't just action and a lot of shooting; they were character-study shows. They're interesting to watch all these years later.
James (On why 'Matt' never married 'Miss Kitty') : If they were man and wife, it would make a lot of difference. The people upstairs decided it was better to leave the show as it was, which I totally agreed with.