Sunday, January 12, 2014

Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas -- Ken Curtis

Ken Curtis (1916 – 1991) was an American born Country and Western singer and B-Western actor.  He was best known for his role as Festus Haggen on the long-running Gunsmoke television series (1955 - 1975).  Before becoming an actor Curtis performed with the popular Sons of the Pioneers from 1949 to 1953 as well as singing with the Tommy Dorsey band.

Santa Susana location filmography includes:

Don Daredevil Rides Again (1951) [serial] starring Ken Curtis, Aline Towne, Roy Barcroft and Lane Bradford (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Escort West (1958) starring Victor Mature, Elaine Stewart, Faith Domergue and Reba Waters (Iverson Ranch)(Corriganville) United Artists

How the West Was Won (1962) starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda, James Stewart (Corriganville) MGM

Pony Express Rider (1976) starring Stewart Petersen, Henry Wilcoxon and Buck Taylor (Iverson Ranch) Doty-Dayton

"The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (TV Series) -- episode: Warpath (1957)

"Wagon Train" (TV Series) -- episodes: The Colter Craven Story (1960) and The Horace Best Story (1960)

"Have Gun - Will Travel" (TV Series) -- episodes: Pandora's Box (1962), Soledad Crossing (1961), Love's Young Dream (1960), The Naked Gun (1959) and The Posse (1959)

"Death Valley Days" (TV Series) -- episode: Graydon's Charge (1964)

"Gunsmoke" (TV Series) -- 304 episodes as Festus / Festus Haggen / Festus Haggin (1959 - 1975)

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