Actor spent two hours in make-up to create sci-fi creature
Celebrity Q&A,Featured Articleby Ken BeckOctober 12, 2012
Could you show a picture of James Arness from my favorite movie, the horror film “The Thing”? He was so scary.
—Judith Spencer Harrison, Suisun City, Calif.
Here you go! The full title of the 1951 sci-fi flick is “The Thing From Another World.” Each make-up session took more than two hours to transform the 6-foot-7-inch Arness into the outer-space creature. The movie was shot about five years before he took on his iconic, career-defining TV role as Matt Dillon on “Gunsmoke” in 1955.