Ken Curtis Biography (1916-1991)

Born Curtis Gates, July 2, 1916, in Lamar, CO; died April 28, 1991, in Fresno, CA; married wife, Torrie; children: two.

Nationality
American
Occupation
actor, director
Birth Details
July 2, 1916
Lamar, Colorado, United States
Death Details
April 28, 1991
Fresno, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Television Appearances; Series
  • Jim Buckley, Ripcord, syndicated, 1961.
  • Deputy Festus Hagen, Gunsmoke (also known as Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1964-75.
  • Hoyt Coryell, The Yellow Rose, NBC, 1983-84.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
  • Howard Jakes, Black Beauty, NBC, 1978.
  • Kentuck, California Gold Rush, NBC, 1981.
  • Kelly Sutton, Once upon a Texas Train, CBS, 1988.
  • Seaborn Tay, Conagher (also known as Louis L'Amour's Conagher), TNT, 1991.
  • Also appeared in the serial Don Daredevil Rides Again, 1951.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
  • When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion, ABC, 1979.
  • Also appeared in The Whirlwind, 1974.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • Appeared as a guest on television series, including Gunsmoke (before becoming a regular cast member), Perry Mason, Rawhide, and HaveGun, Will Travel.
  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Cowboy Blues, Columbia, 1946.
  • Buck Clayton, Out of the Depths, Columbia, 1946.
  • Curt Benson, Stallion Canyon, Astor, 1949.
  • Regimental singer, Rio Grande, Republic, 1950.
  • Dermot Fahy, The Quiet Man, Republic, 1952.
  • Specialty Bit, The Long Gray Line, Columbia, 1955.
  • Dolan, Mister Roberts, Warner Brothers, 1955.
  • Charlie McCorry, The Searchers, Warner Brothers, 1956.
  • Al, Spring Reunion, United Artists (UA), 1957.
  • John Dale Price, The Wings of Eagles, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1957.
  • Monsignor Killian, The Last Hurrah, Columbia, 1958.
  • Fred Mueller, The Missouri Traveler, Buena Vista, 1958.
  • Burch, Escort West, UA, 1959.
  • Wilkie, The Horse Soldiers, UA, 1959.
  • Jerry Lacer, The Killer Shrews (also see below), McLendon Radio Pictures, 1959.
  • Lee Hearn, The Young Land, Columbia, 1959.
  • Capt. Almeron Dickinson, The Alamo, UA, 1960.
  • Wessner, Freckles, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960.
  • Dr. Lusk, My Dog, Buddy (also see below), Columbia, 1960.
  • Greely Clegg, Two Rode Together, Columbia, 1961.
  • Ben, Union Corporal, How the West Was Won, Cinerama, 1962.
  • Homer, Cheyenne Autumn, Warner Brothers, 1964.
  • Voice of Nutsy, Robin Hood (animated), Disney-Buena Vista, 1973.
  • Jed, Pony Express Rider, Doty-Dayton, 1976.
  • Also appeared in Rhythm Round-up, 1945, Song of the Prairie, 1945, Lone Star Moonlight, 1946, Singing on the Trail, 1946,That Texas Jamboree, 1946, Throw a Saddle on a Star, 1946, Over the Santa Fe Trail, 1947, Call of the Forest, 1949, Ridersof the Pony Express, 1949, Legend of the Wild, 1981, Lost,1983, and Texas Guns, 1990.
  • Credits; Film Producer
  • The Giant Gila Monster, McLendon Radio Pictures, 1959.
  • The Killer Shrews, McLendon Radio Pictures, 1959.
  • My Dog, Buddy, Columbia, 1960.

Further Reference

Obituaries and Other Sources: Periodicals

  • Hollywood Reporter, April 30, 1991.

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