Rolf Aurness - Updated Dec 2023

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Rolf Aurness

Rolf Aurness is a famous American Surfer and celebrity kid. Moreover, Rolf Aurness won the 1970 World Surfing Championships held at Johanna in Victoria, Australia, beating Midget Farrelly in the finals. Moreover, he is best known as the son of actor, James Aurness.

Early Life

Rolf Chapman Aurness best known as Rolf Aurness was born on February 18, 1952, in Santa Monica, California, the United States of America. According to his death of birth, he is 70 years old and holds American nationality. Moreover, he has a birth sign of Aquarius and his ethnic background is unknown.

He is the son of James Amess (father) and Virginia Chapman (mother). Both of his parents were American actors. He grew up with his two siblings whose names are Craig Aurness and Jenny Lee Aurness.

His sister Jenny was also an actress known for Gunsmoke (1955) and his brother, Craig is his adopted brother, who worked as a National Geographic photographer. Sadly, his parents got divorced and later, his father married Janet Surtees.


However, not much information is available regarding Rolf’s educational background. We might presume that he might have received a graduate degree from a university.

Rolf Aurness – Net Worth 2022

Officially, Rolf has not shared his net worth, income, and salary. But according to some online media, his net worth estimated at around $1.5 million. And his father’s net worth was estimated at around $8 million at the time of his death.

Professional Life

When he was nine years old, Rolf Aurness fell from a tree and fractured his skull. His father, a supposedly keen surfer, used surfing to assist in his son’s rehabilitation. He followed an intensive training schedule that included early morning swims at the beach, long-distance swims, and weekend beach excursions, which included the Hollister Ranch.

They traveled to Hawaii on multiple occasions each year, staying in rentals on Mkaha Beach. Due to his hard work, he won the 1970 World Surfing Championships held at Johanna in Victoria, Australia, beating Midget Farrelly in the finals. Besides this, not much information is known at the moment.

His father, “James Arness”

Before starting his acting career, James Arness served in the military for his country during World War II. He was mainly interested in becoming a fighter pilot, though. Unfortunately, he was unable to become a fighter pilot due to his height of 2.01m.

In replacement of that, he joined the military in 1943. He served his country in the Anzio Battle, where he was seriously wounded by a gunshot to the right leg. He was taken into the general hospital, from which he was eventually released in 1945.

Rolf Aurness

Caption: James Arness in the CBS television series, Gunsmoke (Source: MeTV)

Even after leaving the army, the wound’s pain kept him in incredible pain. He started working as a radio announcer right away after leaving the army. He eventually moved to Hollywood. The Farmer’s Daughter, which was released in 1947, was his acting debut.

He also appeared in other parts of The Thing from Another World and Them! His performance in Gunsmoke helped him become popular.

Along with his co-stars Milburn Stone, Dennis Weaver, Buck Taylor, and Ken Curtis, he became a worldwide film celebrity as a result of this. In addition, he was cast in several TV shows, including The Lone Ranger (1950), How the West Was Won (1977–1979), and Pioneers of Television (2011).

His mother, “Virginia Chapman”

Virginia Chapman was an actress best remembered for her roles in the films Highway Patrol (1955), Official Detective (1957), and Whirlybirds (1957). She had played the parts of Gypsy in “Gunsmoke,” Mary Harlan in “The Sheriff of Cochise,” and Suspect in “Official Detective.”


As a surfer, Rolf Aurness won the 1970 World Surfing Championships. On the other hand, his father as an actor has won some of them in his acting career. He has a star at 1751 Vine Street on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in the television industry.

Moreover, he was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Western Performers Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City in 1981. He had a related TV interview after being honored in the Santa Clarita Walk of Western Stars in 2006.

The top 25 television stars of all time were selected by People magazine for the 50th anniversary of television in the United States in 1989 and he is in the sixth position.  He was placed 20 on TV Guide’s list of the 50 greatest TV stars of all time in 1996.

Relationship Status

Talking about his personal life, he has not shared much information regarding his relationship. However, it is known that his wife died in 1978 from cancer. At the moment, we may presume that Rolf is single after his wife died due to cancer.

Body Measurements

Rolf Aurness stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and he has blue eyes with brown hair color. Besides this, there is no information regarding his weight, dress size, shoe size, and other body stats.

Rolf Aurness

Caption: Rolf Aurness posing for a photo (Source: Alchetron)

Rolf Aurness – Social Media

On social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, this surfer is not active. Rolf Aurness likes to keep his private life away from the limelight and media.