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

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.

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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Ken Curtis "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" Festus Country  How many of you knew Festus could sing!

Ken Curtis "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" Festus Country How many of you knew Festus could sing!

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Ken Curtis Milburn Stone Gunsmoke 1974 - Gunsmoke - CAST; Starring	 James Arness Milburn Stone Amanda Blake Dennis Weaver Glenn Strange Burt Reynolds Ken Curtis Roger Ewing Buck Taylor

Ken Curtis Milburn Stone Gunsmoke 1974 - Gunsmoke - CAST; Starring James Arness Milburn Stone Amanda Blake Dennis Weaver Glenn Strange Burt Reynolds Ken Curtis Roger Ewing Buck Taylor

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Ken Curtis (1916 – 1991) was an American born Country and Western singer and B-Western actor.  He was best known for his role as Festus Haggen on the long-running Gunsmoke television series (1955 - 1975).  Before becoming an actor Curtis performed with the popular Sons of the Pioneers from 1949 to 1953 as well as singing with the Tommy Dorsey band.

Ken Curtis (1916 – 1991) was an American born Country and Western singer and B-Western actor. He was best known for his role as Festus Haggen on the long-running Gunsmoke television series (1955 - 1975). Before becoming an actor Curtis performed with the popular Sons of the Pioneers from 1949 to 1953 as well as singing with the Tommy Dorsey band.

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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.

'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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