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Ken Curtis



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT 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
73% 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
52% Robin Hood
  • Nutsy
1973
70% Cheyenne Autumn
  • Joe
1964
100% How the West Was Won
  • Union Soldier
1963
No Score Yet Two Rode Together
  • Greely Clegg
1961
50% The Alamo
  • Capt. Almeron Dickinson
1960
50% The Killer Shrews
  • Jerry Lacer
  • Producer
1959
22% The Giant Gila Monster
  • Producer
1959
No Score Yet The Young Land
  • Lee Hearn
1959
No Score Yet Escort West
  • Burch
1959
100% The Horse Soldiers
  • Wilkie
1959
89% The Last Hurrah
  • Monsignor Killian
1958
No Score Yet The Missouri Traveler
  • Fred Mueller
1958
No Score Yet The Wings of Eagles
  • John Dale Price
1957
100% 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
No Score Yet Call of the Wild
  • Actor
1949

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