Ken Curtis (né Curtis Gates: July 1916 – April Born in Lamar, CO. Abandoned a singing career to enlist in the US Army during WW II serving from in the Pacific Theater. Singer and actor best known for his role as Festus in the television series Gunsmoke.
Ken Curtis (Actor) famous for his portrayal of "Festus" on Gunsmoke also did movies and at one time was a singer with Tommy Dorsey Orchestra he also started with the Sons of the Pioneers, a wonderful singer, also stared in the Quiet Man with John Wayne.
Ken Curtis, Actor, Festus on 'Gunsmoke' Ken Curtis, a singer and actor who played the scruffy deputy Festus on the television series "Gunsmoke," died in his sleep on Sunday at his home. He was 74 years old.