Ken Curtis Overview:

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


Jerry Farrell: Looks like a rat, smells like a skunk - some call them bone-eaters.


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!


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Introduced the western standard "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" to movie audiences.

On "Gunsmoke" (1955) as Festus Haggen, he always drew and fired a pistol with his right hand -- but whenever he had to use a rifle, he would bring it up to his left shoulder and pull the trigger with his left hand (sighting with his left eye and squinting with his right). Often, Festus would squint with the right eye partially closed as well. This was never explained unless the actor or character had lost vision in his right eye.

Although his character, Festus Haggen, was introduced to "Gunsmoke" (1955) in an episode called "Us Haggens," in which he arrived in Dodge City to avenge the death of his twin brother, the fact that Festus had a twin was never again mentioned on the show.

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