James Arness’ autobiography was published on April 3, 2008, by McFarland & Company, Inc. It was co-written with James E. Wise, Jr., and it recounts Arness’ life from his childhood, his military service and up to his career as a film and television actor.
Arness is best known as the lead actor of the television show “Gunsmoke” where he played the role of the stalwart marshal Matt Dillon. The series aired for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, making it one of the longest-running shows in U.S. television history. Arness passed away on June 3, 2011, at the age of 88.