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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