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."
Curtis’ letzter Film war der TV-Western Conagher, in dem er zusammen mit seinem früheren Serienkollegen Buck Taylor zu sehen war, der in Rauchende Colts die Rolle des Deputy Newly O’Brien spielte. 1991 verstarb Ken Curtis auf seiner Ranch im kalifornischen Clovis, Fresno County im Alter von 74 Jahren im Schlaf an einem Herzinfarkt.
Ken Curtis, Actor: Gunsmoke. Considering the kind of scruffy, backwoods, uneducated, Deep-South hillbilly types he played, many people would be surprised to hear that Ken Curtis wasn't actually born in the south but in the small town of Las Animas, Colorado, the son of the town sheriff.
28/04/1991 · Actor. Best known for his long-running role as Festus, the cantankerous deputy in the long-running TV series Gunsmoke. Born Curtis Wane Gates in Lamar, Colorado to Dan Gates and Millie Sneed Gates. His father was Sheriff of Las Animas, Colorado. He worked at the town jail and played the saxophone in high school. He...
Curtis branched out into film production in the 1950s with two extremely low-budget monster films, The Killer Shrews (1959) and The Giant Gila Monster (1959), but he is best known for his long-running role as Festus Hagen, the scruffy, cantankerous deputy in the long-running TV series Gunsmoke (1955).
29/04/1991 · FRESNO, Calif. (AP) _ Ken Curtis, a singer and actor who starred as Marshal Matt Dillon’s sidekick on the long-running television western ″Gunsmoke,″ has died at age 74. Curtis, who played deputy Festus Haggin from 1963-75, died in his sleep Sunday at his home here, family members said Monday. They said the cause of death was unkown.
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