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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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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Refused an offer to appear as Festus Haggen in the movie Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) (TV), which reunited James Arness, Amanda Blake, Buck Taylor and Fran Ryan from the original series. Money was the issue. Producer John Mantley, interviewed for TV Guide when the movie aired, said Curtis had demanded double what Blake got; other sources say Mantley was at fault in offering Curtis an insultingly low salary (not specified in either account).

Before acting career, sang with Tommy Dorsey's band and the Sons of the Pioneers.

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

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