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

Appeared with the Sons of the Pioneers at Carnegie Hall.

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.

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