Ken Curtis Net Worth

Ken Curtis Net Worth is
$5 Million

Ken Curtis Biography

Ken Curtis passed on on April 28, 1991 at 74 years previous from a coronary attack. Ken Curtis was created in Lamar, Colorado in July 1916 and passed on in April 1991. He was most widely known for starring as Festus Haggen on the CBS tv series Gunsmoke from 1959 to 1975. Curtis starred as Jim Buckley on it series Ripcord from 1961 to 1963. From 1983 to 1984 he starred simply because Hoyt Coryell on the series The Yellow Rose. Roberts, The Searchers, The Wings of Eagles, Springtime Reunion, The Missouri Traveler, The Last Hurrah, Escort West, The Young Property, The Equine Soldiers, The Killer Shrews, Freckles, The Alamo, Two Rode Together, The way the West Was Won, Cheyenne Autumn, Shed, Once Upon a Texas Teach, and even more. He also starred in a number of films including From the Depths, Rio Grande, Don Daredevil Rides Once again, The Calm Man, Fighting Coast Safeguard, The Long Gray Range, Mr.Ken Curtis net well worth: Ken Curtis was an American singer and actor who had a net well worth of $5 million.

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Quick Facts

Full NameKen Curtis
Net Worth$5 Million
DiedApril 28, 1991, Fresno, California, United States
Height1.83 m
ProfessionActor, Singer, Film producer
EducationColorado College
SpouseTorrie Ahern Connelly, Barbara Ford, Lorraine Page
ParentsNellie Sneed Gates, Dan Gates
SiblingsChester Curtis, Carl Curtis, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Cool Water, Riders in the Sky
MoviesThe Searchers, The Alamo, The Killer Shrews, Mister Roberts, The Horse Soldiers, The Giant Gila Monster, The Wings of Eagles, Robin Hood, Cheyenne Autumn, Conagher, The Young Land, Two Rode Together, Pony Express Rider, Don Daredevil Rides Again, Once Upon a Texas Train, Call of the Forest, Lone Star Moonlight, Throw a Saddle on a Star, Out of the Depths, The Cross and the Switchblade, God's Outlaw, Lost
TV ShowsThe Yellow Rose, Gunsmoke, Ripcord

Interesting Facts

1 Best friend of James Arness.
2 Best remembered by the public for his role as Festus Haggen on Gunsmoke (1955).
3 Not only was Ken Curtis in "Dodge City" in the tv series, Gunsmoke, from 1962-1975, he also was in "Dodge City" in the movie Cheyenne Autumn (1964).
4 While appearing in John Ford westerns, Ken Curtis initially utilized his musical talents before turning to straight acting. In Rio Grande (1950), he was a guitar-playing lead-singing tenor with the 'Regimental Singers'. In The Quiet Man (1952), he played an accordion and sang tenor in the bar.
5 Curtis Wain Gate's maternal great grandfather Sebron (Seaborn) Graham Sneed (1828-1872) was the senior second lieutenant of Company A, Harrelson's Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate) during the War Between the States. Sebron's brothers Samuel and William R. were privates in the same unit.
6 He met singer Jo Stafford while appearing with Johnny Mercer on a radio program. Mercer invited him to make a guest appearance and, in acknowledgment of Jo's latest recording, Ken sang "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". As a result of this appearance, Columbia Pictures signed him up for a series of musical westerns.
7 His stage name was changed to the easier-sounding "Ken Curtis" when he temporarily replaced Frank Sinatra in Tommy Dorsey's band in 1941.
8 Went in 1935 to a college in Colorado Springs to study medicine. While there his love for singing grew and he involved himself in various college musical events.
9 Came from a musical family -- his father played the fiddle, his mother the pump organ, brother Chester the banjo, and another brother Carl sang.
10 Appeared with the Sons of the Pioneers at Carnegie Hall.
11 The Sons of the Pioneers, of which Curtis was once a member, were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6843 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
12 Refused an offer to appear as Festus Haggen in the movie Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987), which reunited James Arness, Amanda Blake, Buck Taylor and Fran Ryan from the original series. Money was the issue. Producer John Mantley, interviewed for TV Guide when the movie aired, said Curtis had demanded double what Blake got; other sources say Mantley was at fault in offering Curtis an insultingly low salary (not specified in either account).
13 On Gunsmoke (1955) as Festus Haggen, he always drew and fired a pistol with his right hand -- but whenever he had to use a rifle, he would bring it up to his left shoulder and pull the trigger with his left hand (sighting with his left eye and squinting with his right). Often, Festus would squint with the right eye partially closed as well. This was never explained unless the actor or character had lost vision in his right eye.
14 Although his character, Festus Haggen, was introduced to Gunsmoke (1955) in an episode called "Us Haggens," in which he arrived in Dodge City to avenge the death of his twin brother, the fact that Festus had a twin was never again mentioned on the show.
15 Early in his career, he sang with Shep Fields' Orchestra.
16 Inducted (as a cast member of Gunsmoke (1955)) into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1981.
17 Son-in-law of director John Ford.
18 Before acting career, sang with Tommy Dorsey's band and the Sons of the Pioneers.
19 Introduced the western standard "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" to movie audiences.
20 Grew up in Las Animas, Colorado, where his father, Dan Gates, was sheriff. As was the custom at the time, they lived above the jail and his mother, Nellie (Sneed) Gates, cooked for the prisoners. He once said he patterned "Festus" after a local character known as Cedar Jack, who lived about 40 miles out in the cedar hills and made a living cutting cedar fence posts for farmers and ranchers. When he came to Las Animas, he usually ended up drunk and in jail. This gave Curtis plenty of opportunity to observe him.


1 His beard.
2 High-pitched voice.
3 The role of Festus Haggen on Gunsmoke (1955).
4 Hillbilly accent.


1 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.


Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967 Bronze Wrangler Western Heritage Awards Fictional Television Drama Gunsmoke (1955) Calvin Clements Sr. (writer)

Philip Leacock (producer)

John Mantley (producer)

Mark Rydell (director)

Albert Salmi (actor)

Amanda Blake (actor)

Milburn Stone (actor)

James Arness (actor)



Conagher 1991 TV Movie Seaborn Tay, Cattle Rancher
In the Heat of the Night 1990 TV Series Tom McCauley
Once Upon a Texas Train 1988 TV Movie Kelly Sutton
Airwolf 1986 TV Series Cecil Carnes Sr.
The All American Cowboy 1985 TV Movie
The Yellow Rose 1983-1984 TV Series Hoyt Coryell
Lost 1983
Legend of the Wild 1981
California Gold Rush 1981 TV Movie Kentuck
How the West Was Won 1979 TV Series Sheriff Orville Gant
Vega$ 1979 TV Series Digger Dennison
Once Upon a Starry Night 1978 TV Movie Uncle Ned
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams 1978 TV Series
Black Beauty 1978 TV Mini-Series Howard Jakes
Pony Express Rider 1976 Jed Richardson
Petrocelli 1976 TV Series Harry Underwood
Gunsmoke 1959-1975 TV Series Festus Festus Haggen Frank Eaton ...
Robin Hood 1973 Nutsy - A Vulture (voice)
Cheyenne Autumn 1964 Joe
Death Valley Days 1964 TV Series Skinner Graydon
Ripcord 1961-1963 TV Series Jim Buckley / Ken Buckley
How the West Was Won 1962 Cpl. Ben (uncredited)
Have Gun - Will Travel 1959-1962 TV Series Monk / Lucky Laski / Tom Strickland / ...
The Aquanauts 1961 TV Series Head Waiter / Horton
Two Rode Together 1961 Greeley Clegg
Sea Hunt 1961 TV Series Dean
The Case of the Dangerous Robin 1961 TV Series
Rawhide 1961 TV Series Vic Slade
Wagon Train 1960 TV Series Kyle Cleatus / Pappy Lightfoot
Perry Mason 1960 TV Series Tim Durant
The Alamo 1960 Capt. Almeron Dickinson
Freckles 1960 Wessner
My Dog, Buddy 1960 Dr. Lusk
The Killer Shrews 1959 Jerry Farrell
The Horse Soldiers 1959 Cpl. Wilkie
Woman on the Run 1959 TV Movie
The Young Land 1959 Lee Hearn
Escort West 1958 Trooper Burch
The Last Hurrah 1958 Monsignor Killian
The Missouri Traveler 1958 Fred Mueller
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp 1957 TV Series Major Hendericks
Spring Reunion 1957 Al
The Wings of Eagles 1957 John Dale Price
5 Steps to Danger 1956 FBI Agent Jim Anderson (uncredited)
The Searchers 1956 Charlie McCorry
Mister Roberts 1955 Yeoman 3rd Class Dolan
The Long Gray Line 1955 Specialty (uncredited)
The Quiet Man 1952 Dermot Fahy (uncredited)
Fighting Coast Guard 1951 Ken - Member Sons of the Pioneers
Don Daredevil Rides Again 1951 Lee Hadley / Don Daredevil
Rio Grande 1950 Donnelly - Regimental Singer (uncredited)
Everybody's Dancin' 1950 Ken - Member Sons of the Pioneers (as Sons of the Pioneers)
Call of the Forest 1949 Bob Brand
Stallion Canyon 1949 Curt Benson
Riders of the Pony Express 1949 Tom Blake - posing as Tom Bledsoe
Over the Santa Fe Trail 1947 Curt Mason
Lone Star Moonlight 1946 Curt Norton
Singing on the Trail 1946 Curt Stanton
Cowboy Blues 1946 Curt Durant
That Texas Jamboree 1946 Curt Chambers
Throw a Saddle on a Star 1946 Curt Walker
Out of the Depths 1945 Buck Clayton
Song of the Prairie 1945 Dan Tyler
Rhythm Round-Up 1945 Jimmy Benson
Shep Fields and His New Music with Ken Curtis 1941 Short Ken Curtis - Band Singer
Santa Fe Trail 1940 Oficer singung at celebration (uncredited)


Ich möcht' so gern Dave Dudley hör'n 1979 TV Movie performer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds"
The Searchers 1956 performer: "Skip to My Lou" - uncredited
The Quiet Man 1952 performer: "The Wild Colonial Boy" - uncredited
Call of the Forest 1949 performer: "Git Along Little Dogies"
Riders of the Pony Express 1949 performer: "Red River Valley", "Skip to My Lou", "Git Along Little Dogies", "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" - uncredited
Over the Santa Fe Trail 1947 performer: "Hi-Yo Texas", "Over the Santa Fe Trail" / writer: "Hi-Yo Texas"
Lone Star Moonlight 1946 performer: "It's Great To Be Back", "Lone Star Moonlight", "Home on the Range" / writer: "It's Great To Be Back", "Lone Star Moonlight"
Singing on the Trail 1946 performer: "Singing on the Trail" / writer: "Singing on the Trail", "Soft Breeze"
Cowboy Blues 1946 performer: "The First Thing I Do Every Morning" / writer: "Little Cowgirl", "A Lot of Elbow Room"
That Texas Jamboree 1946 writer: "Never Tangle with Old John Law", "Prairie Serenade" - uncredited
Throw a Saddle on a Star 1946 "The Strawberry Blonde on the Strawberry Roan" / performer: "The Strawberry Blonde on the Strawberry Roan", "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" uncredited
Song of the Prairie 1945 performer: "Sing To Me Cowboy", "Idaho-Ho", "Silver on the Sage"
Rhythm Round-Up 1945 performer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Empty Saddles"


My Dog, Buddy 1960 producer
The Giant Gila Monster 1959 producer
The Killer Shrews 1959 producer


John Wayne's 'The Alamo' 1992 Video documentary short dedicated to the memory of


When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ich möcht' so gern Dave Dudley hör'n 1979 TV Movie Himself
The World of Sport Fishing 1972 Documentary
This Is Your Life 1972 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1972 TV Series Himself - Actor
Spirit of the Alamo 1960 TV Movie documentary
Screen Snapshots: My Pal, Ringeye 1947 Short Himself

Archive Footage

Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks 2014 TV Series documentary Jerry Farrell
Battleground 2006 TV Series documentary Captain Howard W. Gilmore
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Charlie McCorry, 'The Searchers' (uncredited)
Legends of the West 1992 Documentary Actor in 'Cheyenne Autumn' (uncredited)
Fonda on Fonda 1992 TV Movie documentary Yeoman 3rd Class Dolan (uncredited)
John Wayne's 'The Alamo' 1992 Video documentary short Himself
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge 1987 TV Movie Festus Haggen (flashback sequence)
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor - 'Mr. Roberts' (uncredited)
Henry Fonda: The Man and His Movies 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor in 'Mr. Roberts' (uncredited)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda 1978 TV Special documentary Actor 'Mr. Roberts' (uncredited)
The American West of John Ford 1971 TV Movie documentary actor 'Rio Grande' (uncredited)
The Secret of Wendel Samson 1966 Short Festus Haggen

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