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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.


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


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


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.