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Ken Curtis (Curtis Wain Gates)

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Biography

Lamar, Colorado, USA
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 1940s at the tail-end of the singing-cowboy period in a series of low-budget Westerns for Columbia Pictures. Read more...

Actor

Character: Soldier in Front Row at Canteen Show

Cowboy Canteen 1944

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Character: Bob Brand

Call of the Forest 1949

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Character: Tom Blake, posing as Tom Bledsoe

Riders of the Pony Express 1949

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Character: Curt Benson

Stallion Canyon 1949

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Character: Donnelly - Regimental Singer

Rio Grande 1950

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Character: Charlie McCorry

The Searchers 1956

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Character: John Dale Price

The Wings of Eagles 1957

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Character: Cpl. Wilkie

The Horse Soldiers 1959

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Character: Lee Hearn

The Young Land 1959

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Character: Capt. Almeron Dickinson

The Alamo 1960

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Character: Cpl. Ben

How the West Was Won 1962

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Character: Nutsy - A Vulture

Robin Hood 1973

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Character: Seaborn Tay, Cattle Rancher

Conagher 1991

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Character: Sheriff Orville Gant

How the West Was Won 1977

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Character: Actor in 'Cheyenne Autumn'

Legends of the West 1992

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Character: Cecil Carnes Sr.

Airwolf 1984

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Character: Digger Dennison

Vega$ 1978

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Character: Greeley Clegg

Two Rode Together 1961

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Character: Actor 'Mr. Roberts'

Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982

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Character: Captain Howard W. Gilmore

The Growler Story 0

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