Friday, May 26, 2006

Happy Birthday, James Arness!

Or maybe I should say Matt Dillion. When I think about actors identified with a particular role, Arness is one of the first who comes to mind. At least he wasn't typecast as a sentient carrot. (And by coincidence, it's also the birthday of this guy.)

Arness Fan Appreciation Page: "Jim Arness was born on May 26, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and began his long and illustrious career as a radio announcer in Minnesota in 1945.

After moving to Los Angeles, he found work in the movies. His big break came in 1947, when he landed a prime role opposite Loretta Young in 'The Farmers Daughter'. That year he also received parts in numerous westerns. In 1951, Jim appeared in the classic science fiction movie 'The Thing'. Jim's career was now taking off."

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