Imagined - Ken Curtis, (June 2,1916 - April 28,1991), an actor and singer best known role as Festus Haggen on the long-running western Gunsmoke. Curtis was a singer before moving into acting and combined both careers once he entered films. He was with the Tommy Dorsey band in 1941. Curtis replaced Frank Sinatra as vocalist for the band. From 1942 to 1963 ... JamesAZiegler.com
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 long-running CBS Western television series Gunsmoke. In 1981, Curtis was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.