Emilio Estevez in Young Guns (1988)
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Actors Who’ve Played Billy the Kid

The legendary gunslinger is a Hollywood favorite. Which actor does him best?

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1 Emilio Estevez in Young Guns (1988)
Alongside his compatriots, Estevez is a hot-shot hot-head who is perennially pulling out his two little guns.
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2 Paul Newman in The Left-Handed Gun (1958)
Newman's Kid is depicted as a young, troubled hooligan from the Marlon Brando school of brutal-but-gentle delinquents.
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3 Val Kilmer in Gore Vidal’s Billy the Kid (1989)
Before his turn as a drawling Doc Holliday in Tombstone, Val Kilmer tried his hand at playing the Kid in this made-for-TV-movie.
23 117
4 Kris Kristofferson in Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
Outlaw country singer Kris Kristofferson is perfect as this hippie version of Billy the Kid, whose refusal to sell out spells his doom.
19 121
5 Geoffrey Deuel in Chisum (1970)
John Wayne's rancher offers Deuel's callow Kid a chance at redemption when the pair team up against a greedy cattle baron.
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6 Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future III (1990)
Fox's Marty McFly has more wits than his namesake, but he does most of his shooting at the local arcade.
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7 Dan Shor in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
Like his young escorts in this iconic '80s stoner comedy, Billy is a happy-go-lucky goofball who never runs from danger.
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8 Johnny Mack Brown in Billy the Kid (1930)
In this King Vidor classic, the Kid gets cast as equal parts hero and villain: He's brave, but he's also an unscrupulous killer.
-31 77
9 Johnny Ginger in The Outlaws Is Coming (1963)
Gingers' fearsome Billy the Kid and a posse of fearsome outlaws set their sights on the Three Stooges, with predictably slapstick results.
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10 Chuck Courtney in Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1965)
"The West's Deadliest Gun-Fighter!" takes on a fanged cattle baron, in a battle to the death.
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