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Ken Curtis (I) (1916–1991)

Considering the kind of scruffy, backwoods, uneducated, Deep-South hillbilly types he played, many people would be surprised to hear that Ken Curtis wasn't actually born in the south but in the small town of Las Animas, Colorado, the son of the town sheriff. They would probably be even more surprised to learn that he began his show business career ... See full bio »

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 1991 Conagher (TV Movie)
Seaborn Tay, Cattle Rancher
 1990 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Tom McCauley
- December Days (1990) ... Tom McCauley
 1988 Once Upon a Texas Train (TV Movie)
Kelly Sutton
 1986 Airwolf (TV Series)
Cecil Carnes Sr.
- Wildfire (1986) ... Cecil Carnes Sr.
 1985 The All American Cowboy (TV Movie)
 1983 Lost
 1981 California Gold Rush (TV Movie)
 1979 Vega$ (TV Series)
Digger Dennison
- Death Mountain (1979) ... Digger Dennison
 1978 Once Upon a Starry Night (TV Movie)
Uncle Ned
 1978 Black Beauty (TV Mini-Series)
Howard Jakes
 1976 Pony Express Rider
Jed Richardson
 1976 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Harry Underwood
- The Falling Star (1976) ... Harry Underwood
 1959-1975 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Festus / Festus Haggen / Festus Haggin / ...
- The Sharecroppers (1975) ... Festus
- Manolo (1975) ... Festus
- The Busters (1975) ... Festus
- Hard Labor (1975) ... Festus
 1973 Robin Hood
Nutsy - A Vulture (voice)
 1964 Cheyenne Autumn
 1964 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Skinner Graydon
- Graydon's Charge (1964) ... Skinner Graydon
 1961-1963 Ripcord (TV Series)
Jim Buckley / Ken Buckley
- Man on a Mountain (1963) ... Jim Buckley
- Wrong Way Down (1963) ... Jim Buckley
- Where Do Elephants Go to Die? (1963) ... Jim Buckley
- The Well (1963) ... Jim Buckley
- The Trouble with Denny Collins (1963) ... Jim Buckley
 1962 How the West Was Won
Cpl. Ben (uncredited)
 1959-1962 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Monk / Lucky Laski / Tom Strickland / ...
- Pandora's Box (1962) ... Lucky Laski
- Soledad Crossing (1961) ... Tom Strickland
- Love's Young Dream (1960) ... Monk
- The Naked Gun (1959) ... Monk
- The Posse (1959) ... Curley
 1961 The Aquanauts (TV Series)
Head Waiter / Horton
- The Diana Adventure (1961) ... Head Waiter
- The Stakeout Adventure (1961) ... Horton
 1961 Two Rode Together
Greeley Clegg
 1961 Sea Hunt (TV Series)
- The Octopus Story (1961) ... Dean
 1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Vic Slade
- Incident of the Lost Idol (1961) ... Vic Slade
 1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Kyle Cleatus / Pappy Lightfoot
- The Colter Craven Story (1960) ... Kyle Cleatus
- The Horace Best Story (1960) ... Pappy Lightfoot
 1960 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Tim Durant
- The Case of the Clumsy Clown (1960) ... Tim Durant
 1960 Freckles
 1960 My Dog, Buddy
Dr. Lusk
 1959 Woman on the Run (TV Movie)
 1959 The Young Land
Lee Hearn
 1958 Escort West
Trooper Burch
 1958 The Last Hurrah
Monsignor Killian
 1958 The Missouri Traveler
Fred Mueller
 1957 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)
Major Hendericks
- Warpath (1957) ... Major Hendericks (uncredited)
 1957 Spring Reunion
 1957 The Wings of Eagles
John Dale Price
 1957 5 Steps to Danger
FBI Agent Jim Anderson (uncredited)
 1956 The Searchers
Charlie McCorry
 1955 The Long Gray Line
Specialty (uncredited)
 1952 The Quiet Man
Dermot Fahy (uncredited)
 1951 Fighting Coast Guard
Ken - Member Sons of the Pioneers (uncredited)
 1950 Rio Grande
Donnelly - Regimental Singer (uncredited)
 1950 Everybody's Dancin'
Ken - Member Sons of the Pioneers (as Sons of the Pioneers)
 1945 Out of the Depths
Buck Clayton
 1944 Cowboy Canteen
Soldier in Front Row at Canteen Show (uncredited)
 1941 Shep Fields and His New Music with Ken Curtis (Short)
Ken Curtis - Band Singer
Show Show Soundtrack (13 credits)
Show Show Producer (3 credits)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (5 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (12 credits)

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Other Works:

Single: "Five Years" / "Violets For Your Fur" (R-Dell Records)

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Alternate Names:

Sons of the Pioneers


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Personal Quote:

I'm really proud of Gunsmoke (1955). We put on a good show every week, one that families could all watch together without offending anyone.


The Sons of the Pioneers, of which Curtis was once a member, were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6843 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. See more »


The role of Festus Haggen on Gunsmoke (1955). See more »

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