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  • Ken Curtis

    What do you know about Ken Curtis
    Take this quick FUN TV Westerns Trivia.
    "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

    Ken Curtis1) Curtis was born Curtis Wain Gates and reared in Las Animas, the seat of Bent County, west of the larger community of Lamar in southeastern Colorado, on July 2, 1916. His father, Dan Gates, was the sheriff. The family lived above the jail and his mother, Nellie Sneed Gates, cooked for the prisoners.

    • True or False?

    2) What position did Curtis play on his high school football team?

    1. Center

    2. Quarterback

    3. Tight end

    4. Fullback

    3) What is a band Curtis sang with?

    1. Tex Ritter’s Texans

    2. Jimmy Dorsey

    3. Sheb Fields

    4. Red Granger

    4) What movie studio signed Curtis to a contract in 1945?

    1. Columbia Pictures

    2. MGM

    3. Warner Brothers

    4. Republic Studio

    5) What is Curtis’ first movie (with a credited role)?

    1. Gunsmoke in Dodge City

    2. The Judge’s Wife

    3. Rhythm Round-Up

    4. Rround the Bend

    6) For much of 1948, Curtis was a featured singer and host of the long-running country music radio program WWVA Jamboree.
    Where was the program broadcast from?

    1. Chicago, Illinois

    2. Nashville, Tennessee

    3. Denver, Colorado

    4. Wheeling, West Virginia

    7) He sang with the popular Sons of the Pioneers from 1949 to 1953.

    • True or False?

    8) What 1960 TV Shows did Curtis appear as a circus clown?

    1. Perry Mason

    2. Rawhide

    3. Seahunt

    4. Wagon Train

    9) Curtis also co-starred with Larry Pennell in the 1961-1963 syndicated television series Whirlybirds, a half-hour drama about a helicopter service company.

    • True or False?

    10) When did he make his first appearance on Gunsmoke playing Phil Jacks?

    1. January 31, 1959

    2. February 28, 1959

    3. March 30, 1959

    4. April 30, 1959

    11) When did Curtis die in his sleep of natural causes in Fresno, California?

    1. April 28, 1989

    2. April 28, 1990

    3. April 28, 1991

    4. April 28, 1992

    12) Where was Ken Curtis buried?

    1. Hollywood Forever, Hollywood, California

    2. Cremated, ashes scattered in the Colorado flatlands

    3. Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California

    4. Union Valley Cemetery, Hasty, Colorado

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  • Ken Curtis [Answers]

    1) True 2) B. 3) C. 4) A. 5) C. 6) D. 7) True 8) A. 9) False. Curtis also co-starred with Larry Pennell in the 1961-1963 syndicated television series Ripcord, a half-hour drama about a skydiving service company. 10) A 11) C. 12) B.


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