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Is Ken Curtis that played on Gunsmoke still alive?

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Yep, that's Ken Curtis singing.Dodge City deputy on the long running western series Gunsmoke, but B.F. (before Festus) Ken had a wide-ranging career in music,

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Ken Curtis (July 2, 1916 – April 28, 1991) was an American singer and actor best known for his role as Festus Haggen on the long-running CBS western television series Gunsmoke.

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Ken Curtis (July 2, 1916 – April 28, 1991) was an American singer and actor best known for his role as Festus Haggen on the long-running CBS western television series Gunsmoke.

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Dodge City is a city in, and the county seat of, Ford County, Kansas, United States. Named after nearby Fort Dodge, the city is famous in American culture for its history as a wild frontier town of the Old West. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 27,340.

The first settlement of non-indigenous people in the area that became Dodge City was Fort Mann. Built by civilians in 1847, Fort Mann was intended to provide protection for travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. Fort Mann collapsed in 1848 after an Indian attack. In 1850, the U.S. Army arrived to provide protection in the region and constructed Fort Atkinson on the old Fort Mann site. The army abandoned Fort Atkinson in 1853. Military forces on the Santa Fe Trail were reestablished farther north and east at Fort Larned in 1859, but the area around what would become Dodge City remained vacant until the end of the Civil War in April 1865. In April 1865, as the Indian Wars in the West began heating up, the army constructed Fort Dodge to assist Fort Larned in providing protection on the Santa Fe Trail. Fort Dodge remained in operation until 1882.

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Festus Haggen is Marshal Matt Dillon's only official deputy on the CBS television series Gunsmoke. He comes to Dodge City in an episode titled "Us Haggens" to avenge the death of his twin brother, Fergus. Played by Ken Curtis, he first appeared in 1962 and was showcased full-time from 1964 until 1975. Festus's best-known attributess are his simple vocabulary and demeanor (which hide a sharp eye and considerable native intelligence), which ends up being interpreted by viewers as "lovable" and kept Curtis on the series as a full-time cast member.

Fergus joins their outlaw uncle—Black Jack Haggen—and is wounded trying to escape a posse. When Jack's horse comes up lame, he makes Fergus take the lame horse and leaves Fergus for dead. Fergus, however, makes it back to the Haggen place and tells Festus what happened. Festus rides out after Jack, who has come to the attention of Marshal Matt Dillon when he kills a local farmer and steals his wagon. Festus joins Matt Dillon and they apprehend Jack, who is shot by the marshal in an escape attempt.

Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge is the first TV-movie based on the 20-year (1955-1975) television version of Gunsmoke starring James Arness. Although it is supposed to be set in the wilds of Kansas it was filmed in Alberta, Canada.

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