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Ken Curtis (né Curtis Gates: July 2, 1916 – April 28, 1991) Born in Lamar, CO. Abandoned a singing career to enlist in the US Army during WW II serving from 1942-45 in the Pacific Theater. Singer and actor best known for his role as Festus in the television series Gunsmoke.

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Gene Curtis - 1916-1991....Oodles of Westerns, a lot with John Wayne....Also sang with "The Sons of the Pioneers"....

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Ken Curtis as Festus in Gunsmoke. Also the replacement singer in the Tommy Dorsey band when Frank Sinatra went solo. Also a member of the Son's of the Pioneers singing group and also in many John Wayne Movies

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Ken Curtis (July 2, 1916 – April 28, 1991) was an American singer and actor. During World War II, Curtis served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945.