A Show-Biz Career for Ken Curtis

ken-curtis-true-west-magazineActor Ken Curtis is best known for portraying Festus Haggen on Gunsmoke from 1959 to 1975.  He also made a mark as a member of director John Ford’s troupe, appearing in “The Horse Soldiers,” “The Quiet Man,” and “Rio Grande.” Of course, it helped to have connections; he was Ford’s son-in-law.  He even sang in some of the movies.

In fact, he got his show-biz start as a vocalist.  He was in the Sons of the Pioneers for several years.  And he replaced Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey’s big band in 1941.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.