Ken Curtis’ Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Jul 2, 1916

Death Date

April 28, 1991

Age of Death

74 years

Cause of Death

Heart Attack

Place of Death

Fresno, California, United States


TV Actor

The tv actor Ken Curtis died at the age of 74. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Played the role of Festus on TV’s Gunsmoke and also sang with Sons of the Pioneers prior to becoming an actor.

He married and divorced Barbara Ford in 1952 and 1964, respectively, and later married Torrie Connelly in 1966.

What did Ken Curtis pass away from?

Curtis died on April 28, 1991, in his sleep of a heart attack in Fresno, California.

Where is he buried?

He was cremated, and his ashes were scattered in the Colorado flatlands.



“I joined Tommy Dorsey at the Paramount Theater in New York as a singer. I replaced Frank Sinatra.”

Ken Curtis

“We did some jumping at the start of the show. We went out without telling anyone – and the studio liked to kill us. They were threatened with cancellation of their production insurance.”

Ken Curtis

“In this business you break a leg and 150 other people are out of work while production is shut down. It’s not like you were an accountant and could still work with your leg in a cast.”

Ken Curtis

“The scenes in the show were filmed with a crew of really excellent stunt jumpers, but we had the feel of the parachutes, so we could be more realistic in the roles.”

Ken Curtis

“I wouldn’t care if they tattoo Festus all over. He’s been good to me.”

Ken Curtis