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Ken Curtis (1916 - 1991) Ken had a wonderful voice, a true voice. He was just like a pitch pipe." (Bob Nolan)

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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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GUNSMOKE: Ranchende Colts, Vol. 6 Festus and Matt Dillon (Ken Curtis and James Arness) on set of Gunsmoke. [paramount.inpromo.de]

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'FESTUS' TAKES A WIFE - Ken Curtis (who portrays 'Festus' Hagen in the CBS-TV western series, "Gunsmoke") poses with real-life wife, Torrie Curtis between rodeo performances.

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