Kevin Costner in Wyatt Earp (1994)
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Actors Who’ve Played Wyatt Earp

Lots of stars have taken a turn as the famed lawman. Who did it best?

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1 Kurt Russell in Tombstone (1993)

Russell smartly portrays Earp as a kind of mythic silhouette, letting co-stars Val Kilmer and Bill Paxton steal the spotlight.

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2 Kevin Costner in Wyatt Earp (1994)

Costner presents a full-figured portrait, tracing Earp's boyhood in Missouri, his gunfighting at Tombstone, and even his prospecting in Alaska.

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3 Burt Lancaster in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

Lancaster's strong turn set the standard for future Earps, not to mention Kirk Douglas's ace version of cardshark Doc Holliday.

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4 Henry Fonda in My Darling Clementine (1946)

Fonda's easygoing Earp takes it easy -- sitting on his porch, going to dances, and meeting with the Clanton gang.

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5 James Garner in Hour of the Gun (1967)

Mr.Maverick himself takes the Earp story into the elegiac third act of the gunslinger's life under the direction of John Sturges.

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6 James Stewart in Cheyenne Autumn (1964)

Stewart plays the former marshal for laughs, as he tries his luck at the gambling table beside old compadre "Doc" Holliday (Arthur Kennedy).

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7 Randolph Scott in Frontier Marshal (1939)

The in-demand actor delivers the first official portrayal of Earp on-screen, a strong turn that focuses on the scuffle at the O.K. Corral.

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8 Joel McCrea in Wichita (1955)

This unjustly forgotten star -- and director Jacques Tourneur -- does a fine job portraying the early years of a man destined for greatness.

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9 Errol Flynn in Dodge City (1939)

The swashbuckler's Wade Hatton is based on Wyatt Earp, and it's a capable performance despite Flynn's assumed Irish brogue.

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10 Guy Madison in Gunmen of the Rio Grande (1965)

The actor delivers a fun, Spaghetti Western take on Earp, tracking him as he journeys to the border to vanquish a den of desperados.

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