Ken Curtis

Ken Curtis
1916 - 1991

Ken Curtis  American Actor


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Ken Curtis was previously married to Barbara Ford (1952 - 1964).


American Actor Ken Curtis was born Curtis Wain Gates on 2nd July, 1916 in Lamar, Colorado, USA and passed away on 28th Apr 1991 Fresno, California, USA aged 74. He is most remembered for The role of Festus Haggen on Gunsmoke (1955). His zodiac sign is Cancer.

Ken Curtis is a member of the following lists: American film actors, California Republicans and American male singers.


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First Name Ken
Last Name Curtis
Full Name at Birth Curtis Wain Gates
Age 74 (age at death) years
Birthday 2nd July, 1916
Birthplace Lamar, Colorado, USA
Died 28th April, 1991
Place of Death Fresno, California, USA
Cause of Death Heart attack during his sleep
Buried Cremated, Ashes scattered
Height 6' 0" (183 cm)
Build Slim
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Grey
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
High School Bent County High School, Colorado
University Colorado College
Occupation Text Actor, Vocalist, Musician
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame The role of Festus Haggen on Gunsmoke (1955)
Music Genre Country
Year(s) Active 1941–1991
Music Style Cowboy
Instrument Vocals
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Ken Curtis (born Curtis Wain Gates; July 2, 1916 – April 28, 1991) was an American singer and actor best known for his role as Festus Haggen on the CBS western television series Gunsmoke. Although he appeared on Gunsmoke earlier in other roles, he was first cast as Festus in season 8 episode 13, December 8, 1962 "Us Haggens". His next appearance was Season 9, episode 2, October 5, 1963 as Kyle Kelly, in "Lover Boy". Curtis joined the cast of Gunsmoke permanently as Festus in "Prairie Wolfer", season 9 episode 16, January 18, 1964.

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Barbara Ford62 SagittariusSpecial Effects


Conagher1991Seaborn Tay, Cattle RancherTV Movie
Once Upon a Texas Train1988Kelly SuttonTV Movie
In the Heat of the Night1988Tom McCauleyTV Show
All American Cowboy1985TV Movie
Airwolf1984Cecil Carnes Sr.TV Show
Lost1983Wyatt CosgroveMovie
The Yellow Rose1983Hoyt CoryellTV Show
California Gold Rush1981KentuckTV Movie
Legend of the Wild1981Movie
Black Beauty1978Howard JakesTV Show
Vega$1978Digger DennisonTV Show
Once Upon a Starry Night1978Uncle NedTV Movie
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams1977Uncle NedTV Show
Pony Express Rider1976Jed RichardsonMovie
How the West Was Won1976Orville GantTV Show
Petrocelli1974Harry UnderwoodTV Show
Robin Hood1973Nutsy - A Vulture (voice)Movie
Cheyenne Autumn1964JoeMovie
How the West Was Won1962Cpl. Ben (uncredited)Movie
Two Rode Together1961Greeley CleggMovie
Ripcord1961Jim Buckley, Ken BuckleyTV Show
The Alamo1960Capt. Almeron DickinsonMovie
The Aquanauts1960Head Waiter, HortonTV Show
My Dog, Buddy1960Dr. LuskMovie
The Case of the Dangerous Robin1960TV Show
Escort West1959Trooper BurchMovie
The Horse Soldiers1959Cpl. WilkieMovie
The Killer Shrews1959Jerry FarrellMovie
The Young Land1959Lee HearnMovie
Rawhide1959Vic SladeTV Show
Woman on the Run1959TV Movie
The Last Hurrah1958Monsignor KillianMovie
The Missouri Traveler1958Fred MuellerMovie
Sea Hunt1958DeanTV Show
Five Steps to Danger1957FBI Agent Jim Anderson (uncredited)Movie
The Wings of Eagles1957John Dale PriceMovie
Have Gun - Will Travel1957Lucky Laski, Monk - Pelt Scavenger, Tom StricklandTV Show
Perry Mason1957Tim DurantTV Show
Wagon Train1957Kyle Cleatus, Pappy LightfootTV Show
Spring Reunion1957AlMovie
The Searchers1956Charlie McCorryMovie
Mister Roberts1955DolanMovie
The Long Gray Line1955Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)Movie
Gunsmoke1955Festus, Frank Eaton, KyleTV Show
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp1955Major HendericksTV Show
The Quiet Man1952Dermot Fahy (uncredited)Movie
Death Valley Days1952Skinner GraydonTV Show
Don Daredevil Rides Again1951Lee HadleyMovie
Fighting Coast Guard1951Ken - Member Sons of the PioneersMovie
Rio Grande1950Donnelly - Regimental Singer (uncredited)Movie
Everybody's Dancin'1950Ken - Member Sons of the Pioneers (as Sons of the Pioneers)Movie
Call of the Forest1949Bob BrandMovie
Stallion Canyon1949Curt BensonMovie
Riders of the Pony Express1949Tom Blake - posing as Tom BledsoeMovie
Over the Santa Fe Trail1947Curt MasonMovie
Cowboy Blues1946Curt DurantMovie
Throw a Saddle on a Star1946Curt WalkerMovie
Singing on the Trail1946Curt StantonMovie
That Texas Jamboree1946Curt ChambersMovie
Lone Star Moonlight1946Curt NortonMovie
Rhythm Round-Up1945Jimmy BensonMovie
Song of the Prairie1945Dan TylerMovie
Out of the Depths1945Buck ClaytonMovie
Shep Fields and His New Music with Ken Curtis1941Ken Curtis - Band SingerShort Film
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bringthegoldaysbackbringthegoldaysbackOct 1, 2018

Wish he was my other uncle!

Chuck HackleySep 11, 2013

How do I get hold of his hiers to get permission to use his picture?

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