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Character actor, Ken Curtis, was born Curtis Wain Gates on Jul 2, 1916 in Lamar, CO. Curtis died at the age of 74 on Apr 28, 1991 in Fresno, CA .

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Ken Curtis Quotes:

Charlie McCorry: [to Martin as he embraces Laurie just before Charlie and Laurie's wedding] I'll thank you to unhand my fi-an-cy.


Dunker, Yankee Soldier Amputee: Hey, lookee here, the sun, it comes up in th' east every time, don't it?
Cpl. Wilkie: It do in Missouri.
Dunker, Yankee Soldier Amputee: Well, then if that's th' east, we ain't headed north, we're goin' south.
Cpl. Wilkie: Smack dab inta reb country!


Jerry Farrell: In my book engagement isn't a casual thing.


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Ken Curtis Facts
He met singer Jo Stafford while appearing with Johnny Mercer on a radio program. Mercer invited him to make a guest appearance and, in acknowledgment of Jo's latest recording, Ken sang "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". As a result of this appearance, Columbia Pictures signed him up for a series of musical westerns.

His stage name was changed to the easier-sounding "Ken Curtis" when he temporarily replaced Frank Sinatra in Tommy Dorsey's band in 1941.

Inducted (as a cast member of "Gunsmoke" (1955)) into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1981.

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