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Can You Name All 7 Characters Ken Curtis Played On Gunsmoke?

Coming off his early career as both a big band and country singer, Ken Curtis guest starred in many Westerns when he first came to TV, often playing numerous roles in multiple episodes of shows like Have Gun – Will Travel and Wagon Train.

The show he kept coming back to the most? Gunsmoke. Curtis played six different characters on the iconic Western between 1959-1963. When his skydiving series Ripcord was canceled after two seasons, Curtis joined Gunsmoke as a regular cast member in 1964. You know is most famous character, Festus, but do you recall the name of the twin Haggen brother mentioned in Festus’ first appearance?

Curtis also played cattlemen, good guys, bad guys, a Casanova cowboy and a Native American – a common if regrettable practice at the time.

How well do you remember each of his many Gunsmoke characters? Try to name them all!

1 In his first Gunsmoke episode “Jay Hawkers” Curtis played a cattle drover named…

2 In “Change of Heart” Curtis played a man named…

3 In “Ex-Urbanites” Curtis played a villain named…

4 In “Speak Me Fair” Curtis played a Kiowa Cavalry…

5 In “Lover Boy” Curtis played a Casanova cowboy named…

6 In “Alias Festus Haggen” Curtis played Festus and his outlaw doppelganger named…

7 “Us Haggens” was Curtis’ first appearance as Festus, and we learn he had a twin brother named…

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