Ken Curtis

Ken Curtis

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Long Gray Line (1955)
  • Lowest Rated: 22% The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
  • Birthday: Jul 2, 1916
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • It was while attending Colorado College that American actor/singer Ken Curtis discovered his talent for writing music. After an artistic apprenticeship on the staff of the NBC radio network's music department in the early '30s, Curtis was hired as male vocalist for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, then went on to work for bandleader Shep Fields. Preferring country-western to swing, Curtis joined the Sons of the Pioneers singing group in the 1940s, and in this capacity appeared in several western films. Columbia Pictures felt that Curtis had star potential, and gave the singer his own series of westerns in 1945, but Ken seemed better suited to supporting roles. He worked a lot for director John Ford in the '40s and '50s, as both singer and actor, before earning starring status again on the 1961 TV adventure series Ripcord. That was the last we saw of the handsome, clean-shaven Ken Curtis; the Ken Curtis that most western fans are familiar with is the scraggly rustic deputy Festus Haggen on the long-running TV Western Gunsmoke. Ken was hired to replace Dennis Weaver (who'd played deputy Chester Good) in 1964, and remained with Gunsmoke until the series ended its 20-year run in 1975. After that, Ken Curtis retired to his spread in Fresno, California, stepping back into the spotlight on occasion for guest appearances at western-movie conventions.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Introduction To Integrative Medicine Actor 2008
No Score Yet Reflections on Psalm 23 - For People with Cancer Actor 2006
No Score Yet Candle in the Dark Actor 2004
No Score Yet Conagher Tay 1991
72% Cry-Baby Whiffle #2 1990
No Score Yet Once upon a Texas Train Kelly 1988
No Score Yet Pony Express Rider Actor 1987
No Score Yet God's Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale Producer 1986
No Score Yet Lost Cosgrove 1983
No Score Yet California Gold Rush Kentuck 1981
54% Robin Hood Nutsy 1973
62% Cheyenne Autumn Joe 1964
86% How the West Was Won Union Soldier 1963
80% Two Rode Together Greely Clegg 1961
50% The Alamo Capt. Almeron Dickinson 1960
50% The Killer Shrews Producer Jerry Lacer 1959
22% The Giant Gila Monster Producer 1959
No Score Yet The Young Land Lee Hearn 1959
No Score Yet Escort West Burch 1959
89% The Horse Soldiers Wilkie 1959
92% The Last Hurrah Monsignor Killian 1958
No Score Yet The Missouri Traveler Fred Mueller 1958
40% The Wings of Eagles John Dale Price 1957
98% The Searchers Charlie McCorry 1956
92% Mister Roberts Dolan 1955
100% The Long Gray Line Specialty Bit 1955
90% The Quiet Man Dermot Fahy 1952
No Score Yet Don Daredevil Rides Again Lee Hadley/Don Daredevil 1951
75% Rio Grande Regimental singer 1950
No Score Yet Call of the Forest Bob Brand 1949

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Festus Haggen Festus Haggen/Kelly Festus Festus/Eaton Scout
  • 1975
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  • 1966
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  • 1964
  • 1963
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  • 1961
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  • 1959
  • 1958
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  • 1956
  • 1955
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Slade
  • 1961
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Durant
  • 1960

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