Ken Curtis

Biography

Considering the kind of scruffy, backwoods, uneducated, Deep-South hillbilly types he played, many people would not find it hard to believe that Ken Curtis was born and raised in Las Animas, Colorado, the son of the town sheriff. What they would find hard to believe is that he began his show business career as a singer in the big-band era, and was a vocalist in the legendary Tommy Dorsey orchestra. He entered films in the late 1940s at the tail end of the singing cowboy period in a series of low-budget westerns for Columbia Pictures. When that genre died out, he turned to straight dramatic and comedy parts and became a regular in the films of director John Ford (who was his father-in-law). He ventured 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 scrofulous, cantankerous deputy in the long-running TV series "Gunsmoke" (1955).

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The Killer Shrews

Jerry Farrell

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Gunsmoke - Return to Dodge

Festus Haggen (flashback sequence) (archive footage)

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Call of the Forest

Bob Brand

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Lost

Wyatt Cosgrove

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Life and Times of Grizzly Adams: Once Upon A Starry Night

Uncle Ned

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Conagher

Seaborn Tay, Cattle Rancher

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The Wings of Eagles

John Dale Price

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Once Upon a Texas Train

Kelly Sutton

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The Missouri Traveler

Fred Mueller

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Witnesses

Hooligan #5

Starring In
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Witnesses

Hooligan #5

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Conagher

Seaborn Tay, Cattle Rancher

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Once Upon a Texas Train

Kelly Sutton

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Gunsmoke - Return to Dodge

Festus Haggen (flashback sequence) (archive footage)

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Lost

Wyatt Cosgrove

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Life and Times of Grizzly Adams: Once Upon A Starry Night

Uncle Ned

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Pony Express Rider

Jed Richardson

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Robin Hood

Nutsy - A Vulture (voice)

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The Great American West of John Ford

actor 'Rio Grande' (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Cheyenne Autumn

Joe

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How the West Was Won

Cpl. Ben (uncredited)

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Two Rode Together

Greeley Clegg

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The Alamo

Capt. Almeron Dickinson

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The Killer Shrews

Jerry Farrell

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The Horse Soldiers

Cpl. Wilkie

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The Young Land

Lee Hearn

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Escort West

Trooper Burch

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The Last Hurrah

Monsignor Killian

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The Missouri Traveler

Fred Mueller

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The Wings of Eagles

John Dale Price

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Five Steps to Danger

FBI Agent Jim Anderson (uncredited)

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The Searchers

Charlie McCorry

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Mister Roberts

Yeoman 3rd Class Dolan

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The Long Gray Line

Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)

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The Quiet Man

Dermot Fahy (uncredited)

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Rio Grande

Donnelly - Regimental Singer (uncredited)

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Call of the Forest

Bob Brand

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