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Full NameJanet Surtees
First NameJanet
Last NameSurtees
ProfessionCelebrity Wife
Birth CountryUnited States
Father ProfessionPilot
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual Orientationstraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseJames Arness
No Of Children1
Date of BirthFebruary 15,1947
Age77 years
Married DateDecember 16,1978

Janet Surtees is the wife of the late James Arness. She was born in the United States, so she holds American citizenship and belongs to the white ethnicity. 

Her father served as a pilot, but her mom’s identity is unknown. Janet is currently active in doing charity work. 

James Arness, her late husband, professionally served as an American actor known for his role as Marshal Matt Dillon for two decades in the series named Gunsmoke.

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Where did Janet meet her late Huband for the first time?

Beginning with her work at that time, Janet used to work at James’s makeup artist Alden’s spouse's shop. She served there for six years. 

At that place, she met her late husband. James joined for dinner with his friend and his spouse, and he met Janet for the first time. 

Just after a few days, the individuals went to Red Ridge Meadows at Mammoth Lakes, where they spent time together and had a great time in each other's company. 

Coming back from there, James stated that he would not call Janet until he came back from Alaska

For three months, they weren’t in touch, but they went for dinner after James came back. 

Their romance began, and they were in a relationship for four years before being officially together. 

Janet Surtees with her husband James Arness back in the day.
Janet Surtees with her husband James Arness back in the day. Source: Pinterest

Married in a private ceremony

Janet and James tied the knot and took the vows in a private ceremony on December 16th, 1978

They were happily married and were through thick and thin until James left this world in 2011 due to natural causes. 

The pair had remained low profile in their romantic life and used to have sporadic public appearances. 

Their joint appearance at the time of signing James book event titled James Arness: An Autobiography in the year 2001 in Los Angeles

Never had kids together

Despite the couple being together for nearly four decades, they didn’t become parents of a single kid. 

However, the pair didn’t lack any love and built up a lovely home for the kids from past relationships. 

Before marrying Janet, James was married to Virginia Chapman from 1948 to 1960. They had two kids named Rolf and Jenny Lee

James also adopted a son named Craig from Virginia’s past relationship. Talking about the kids, Craig is known to be a renowned photographer. 

He served for National Geographic from the '70s to the '80s and published numerous books and stories, too. 

He has also won awards from The National Press Photographers Association. But left that job to co-found his stock photo agency named West Light

He passed away in the year 2004. James's son Rolf inherited the love for surfing from his dad. 

He is an outstanding surfer and won awards, including the World Surfing Championship in the year 1970

James’s daughter Jenny Lee was born in the year 1950 and was addicted to drugs, so due to the overdose, she died at the age of 25. 

Janet also had a son from her past relationship named Jim Surtees

James happily accepted him into the family, but Jim keeps himself out of the spotlight, and no information is available about him.

Janet Surtees with her husband James Arness
Janet Surtees with her husband James Arness. Source: Pinterest

Going through the professional lane of her husband

James Arness was born on May 26, 1923. Originally, he belonged to Minneapolis, Minnesota

He began his career as a radio announcer in his hometown in the year 1945. He was also part of the World War II at Anzio. He got wounded there. 

He was awarded with the title as the Purple Heart during that time for providing the service. 

Then, he shifted to Los Angeles and was part of numerous projects in the entertainment industry. 

He was seen in series and movies like The Farmers Daughter, The Thing, Bat Jack, The Sea Chase, Hondo, Island in the Sky, Big Jim Mc Lain, Gun Smoke, Gunsmoke 2: The Last Apache, and many more. 

James was also an Honorary US Marshall and was a participant in the US Marshal for numerous work for their charity work. 

He had also donated items for charity purposes, naming the few is a 1400-acre ranch in Simi Valley, 60 ft catamaran Sea Smoke, and was involved in United Cerebral Palsy along with his spouse Janet

Net worth

Since Janet’s financial information is not revealed, her late husband has a net worth of $8 million. 

Net worth$8 million
Income sourceAmerican actor


  1. Janet is 76 years old.
Updated On Fri Jan 05 2024 Published On Fri Jan 05 2024 By shaumya

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