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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EllisClevenger 5 months ago
You got 11 out of 12
You looked sharp on that quiz!
Missed #12
JamesRichardson 15 months ago
the first question asks, who began acting in the 1940's and after marking my answer wrong, it states that one began acting in 1946 and the other in 1947. the question should be who started acting first.
Rodney 16 months ago
I watch Perry Mason M-F at 11:30 pm on MeTV. My favorite TV show
mojetv Rodney 12 months ago
On which channel ?
MichaelGreene mojetv 6 months ago
It depends on where you are. For me, MeTV is on Comcast/Xfinity Digital Channel 802 in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA,
Cowgirl 16 months ago
You got 12 out of 12
You looked sharp on that quiz!

I knew most of them & guessed on the rest.
Moverfan 16 months 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 16 months ago
I just did a Google search & "The Case of the Killer Kiss" was Raymond Burr's final film.
EllisClevenger 16 months ago
You got 10 out of 12
You looked sharp on that quiz!
Missed #9 and #10.
AndiP 16 months ago
7/12 is pretty good when you consider I only actually knew the answer to 2 1/2 of them ;-)
lisaiggy 16 months ago
I missed three that's not to bad.
Runeshaper 16 months ago
You got 8 out of 12 - I'll take it! LOL
TheDavBow3 16 months ago
10/12. Could've been much harder but the right questions were asked (for me anyway 😉)
CaptainDunsel 16 months 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 16 months 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 16 months 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 16 months ago
Technically, both Peter Graves and James Arness used stage names. The real family name was spelled Aurness.
Velocity Wiseguy 16 months ago
That's right, they were not of Hispanic origin.
LynCarceo 16 months ago
10/12. Not bad. Didn't know their previous work.
RedSamRackham 16 months ago
* Which one appeared in a movie with the Marx Brothers? ☺
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