Can you tell the difference between Raymond Burr and James Arness?

How well do you know the men behind Perry Mason and Matt Dillon?

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Raymond Burr and James Arness are two icons of classic television. They both began to make their mark in the 1950s with long-running shows beloved by millions of TV fans to this day. Interestingly, before he won the role of Perry Mason, Burr was actually considered for the part of Marshal Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke!

How well do you know these two television leading men? Take this quiz to find out!

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  1. Who began acting in the 1940s?
  2. Who was born in 1917?
  3. Who stood over six and half feet tall?
  4. Who played a character named Steve Martin in the 1956 U.S. release of Godzilla?
  5. Who played the titular monster in The Thing from Another World?
  6. Who liked to go surfing?
  7. Who is related to Mission: Impossible star Peter Graves?
  8. Who starred in the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock thriller Rear Window?
  9. Who appeared in the 1947 western Code of the West?
  10. Who played William Tell in a 1955 television biopic?
  11. Who founded a vineyard in the 1980s?
  12. Whose final role came in a 1990s TV-movie sequel of their most famous show?

Can you tell the difference between Raymond Burr and James Arness?

Your Result...

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Rodney 7 days ago
I watch Perry Mason M-F at 11:30 pm on MeTV. My favorite TV show
Cowgirl 7 days ago
You got 12 out of 12
You looked sharp on that quiz!

I knew most of them & guessed on the rest.
Moverfan 10 days ago
I believe Mr. Burr's final film was "The Return Of Ironside", not "The Case Of The Killer Kiss". So, who's got the reference books?
Cowgirl Moverfan 7 days ago
I just did a Google search & "The Case of the Killer Kiss" was Raymond Burr's final film.
EllisClevenger 12 days ago
You got 10 out of 12
You looked sharp on that quiz!
Missed #9 and #10.
AndiP 13 days ago
7/12 is pretty good when you consider I only actually knew the answer to 2 1/2 of them ;-)
lisaiggy 14 days ago
I missed three that's not to bad.
Runeshaper 14 days ago
You got 8 out of 12 - I'll take it! LOL
TheDavBow3 15 days ago
10/12. Could've been much harder but the right questions were asked (for me anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰)
CaptainDunsel 15 days ago
11/12 - thanks once again to a pop-up ad moving the display on Q1n
Glad it wasn't Q8. Dad would have come back and haunted me if I missed *that* one!
Cowgirl CaptainDunsel 7 days ago
Why don't you install an ad blocker on your browser? Then you won't have to worry about pop up ads.
CaptainDunsel Cowgirl 7 days ago
Thanks for the suggestion. However, this is on my cell phone (where I usually access MeTV and I have enough trouble keeping storage free for the apps I depend on daily.
Wiseguy 15 days ago
Technically, both Peter Graves and James Arness used stage names. The real family name was spelled Aurness.
Velocity Wiseguy 15 days ago
That's right, they were not of Hispanic origin.
LynCarceo 15 days ago
10/12. Not bad. Didn't know their previous work.
RedSamRackham 15 days ago
* Which one appeared in a movie with the Marx Brothers? โ˜บ
RoberttheWallace 15 days ago
15/15--all too easy! I loved this quiz! Two Awesome actors; Arness in " The Thing " [ and " Gunsmoke " ], and Mr. Burr on "Perry Mason " ( "Rear Window " ); { with his lovely assistant Barbara Hale }! ! !
How did you get 15 out of 15 when there were 12 questions?
Velocity LynCarceo 15 days ago
He's a liar.
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