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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:

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


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


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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Ken Curtis Facts
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.

Dick Haymes replaced Frank Sinatra as male vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Sinatra himself in his final appearance with Dorsey introduced his replacement during a September 2, 1942, broadcast.

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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