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Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp was an American Wild West frontiersman and lawman who brought law and order to Dodge City, Kansas, and Tombstone, Arizona.

He was the O.K. Corral gunfighter whose life story was told in numerous films and television series. Wyatt was most notably portrayed by Henry Fonda in John Ford's classic 1946 film My Darling Clementine, Joel McCrea in 1955's Wichita, Burt Lancaster in the 1957 film Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, James Garner in 1967's Hour of the Gun, Kurt Russell in 1993's Tombstone, and Kevin Costner in 1994's Wyatt Earp. Hugh O'Brian portrayed the lawman on TV's The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955-61).

Biographical fast facts

Full or original name at birth: Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp*

Date and place of birth: March 19, 1848, at 406 South 3rd Street, Monmouth, Illinois, U.S.A.

Date, time, place and cause of death: January 13, 1929, at 8:05 a.m., at 4004 West 17th Street, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (Kidney ailment/Chronic cystitis)

Error correction or clarification

* Wyatt Earp was not born Wyatt Benny Stapp Earp as some past editions of the Grolier Encyclopedia erroneously report.


The most in-depth of more than three dozen sources consulted for this profile:
The Earps Talk, by Al Turner (1980)
Encyclopedia of Western Gunfighters, by Bill O'Neal (1979)

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