Relive the funniest moments that happened before the opening credits of " The Office. Watch the video. Looking for something to watch? Sign In. Down this week. 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 Filmography by Job Trailers and Videos. Share this page:.
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With his perpetual five-o'clock shadow, tattered hat and reedy voice, Festus Haggen is one of the most colorful characters in television history. We certainly spent a lot of time with the hillbilly-turned-deputy. Introduced on Gunsmoke in , Festus appeared in or so episodes all the way through Ken Curtis, the talented man behind the scruff, was just as charming but far different from his character. A former high school quarterback, Curtis left behind his academic pursuit of medicine to sing. His early showbiz career flourished behind a microphone. His crooning skills landed him on the big screen. From cowboy pictures, he made the leap to TV Westerns.
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 as a singer in the big-band era, and was a vocalist in the legendary Tommy Dorsey orchestra. He entered films in the late s at the tail-end of the singing-cowboy period in a series of low-budget Westerns for Columbia Pictures. When that genre died out, Curtis turned to straight dramatic and comedy parts and became a regular in the films of director John Ford who was his father-in-law. Curtis branched out into film production in the s with two extremely low-budget monster films, The Killer Shrews and The Giant Gila Monster , but he is best known for his long-running role as Festus Hagen, the scruffy, cantankerous deputy in the long-running TV series Gunsmoke Sign In. Edit Ken Curtis. Showing all 33 items.
Although he appeared on Gunsmoke earlier in other roles, he was first cast as Festus in season 8 episode 13, December 8, "Us Haggens". Curtis joined the cast of Gunsmoke permanently as Festus in "Prairie Wolfer", season 9 episode 16, January 18, In , the family moved to Las Animas , the county seat of Bent County, so that his father, Dan Sullivan Gates, could run for sheriff. The campaign was successful, and Gates served from to as Bent County sheriff. The jail is located for historical preservation purposes on the grounds of the Bent County Courthouse in Las Animas. Curtis was the quarterback of his Bent County High School football team and played clarinet in the school band. He graduated in He attended Colorado College to study medicine, but left after a short time to pursue his musical career. Curtis was a singer before moving into acting, and combined both careers once he entered films.