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Ken Curtis (I) (1916–1991)

Considering the kind of scruffy, backwoods, uneducated, Deep-South hillbilly types he played, many people would be surprised to hear that Ken Curtis wasn't actually born in the south but in the small town of Las Animas, Colorado, the son of the town sheriff. They would probably be even more surprised to learn that he began his show business career ... See full bio »

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Gunsmoke Festus / Brisco / Frank Eaton / Jesse / Kyle Kelly / Phil Jacks / Scout
Ripcord Jim Buckley / Ken Buckley
The Searchers
The Searchers Charlie McCorry
Robin Hood
Robin Hood Nutsy - A Vulture


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 1983 Lost
 1976 Pony Express Rider
Jed Richardson
 1973 Robin Hood
Nutsy - A Vulture (voice)
 1964 Cheyenne Autumn
 1962 How the West Was Won
Cpl. Ben (uncredited)
 1961 Two Rode Together
Greeley Clegg
 1960 Freckles
 1960 My Dog, Buddy
Dr. Lusk
 1959 The Young Land
Lee Hearn
 1958 Escort West
Trooper Burch
 1958 The Last Hurrah
Monsignor Killian
 1958 The Missouri Traveler
Fred Mueller
 1957 Spring Reunion
 1957 The Wings of Eagles
John Dale Price
 1956 5 Steps to Danger
FBI Agent Jim Anderson (uncredited)
 1955 The Long Gray Line
Specialty (uncredited)
 1952 The Quiet Man
Dermot Fahy (uncredited)
 1951 Fighting Coast Guard
Ken - Member Sons of the Pioneers
 1950 Rio Grande
Donnelly - Regimental Singer (uncredited)
 1950 Everybody's Dancin'
Ken - Member Sons of the Pioneers (as Sons of the Pioneers)
 1949 Riders of the Pony Express
Tom Blake - posing as Tom Bledsoe
 1945 Out of the Depths
Buck Clayton
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
Oficer Singung at Celebration (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Single: "Five Years" / "Violets For Your Fur" (R-Dell Records)

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Sons of the Pioneers


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Personal Quote:

I'm really proud of Gunsmoke (1955). We put on a good show every week, one that families could all watch together without offending anyone.


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