The 5 Best Wyatt Earps

by sethgecko61 | created - 15 Jun 2011 | updated - 15 Jun 2011 | Public

This is a list of the 5 best actors who portrayed of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. It is based on performance, not historical accuracy.

1. Kurt Russell

Actor | The Hateful Eight

Kurt Russell was born Kurt Vogel Russell in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Louise Julia (Crone), a dancer, and actor Bing Russell (Neil Oliver Russell). He is of English, German, Scottish and Irish descent. His first roles were as a child on television series, including a lead role on the Western ...

Great performance as the stoic Earp in the neoclassic Tombstone. Gave us great lines like "are you gonna do something or just stand there and bleed". Val Kilmer steals the show as Doc Holliday, but Russell's performance is the backbone of the film.

2. James Garner

Actor | The Notebook

Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s.

James Garner was born James Scott ...

Gave an outstanding performance in Hour of the Gun, also reprised the role as an aged Earp in the unappreciated Sunset with Bruce Willis who played cowboy star Tom Mix.

3. Burt Lancaster

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and ...

Gave a great performance in Gunfight at the OK Corral

4. Henry Fonda

Actor | 12 Angry Men

Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish.

Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater ...

Portrayed the lawman in My Darling Clementine

5. Kevin Costner

Actor | The Postman

Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle ...

Undervalued perfomance in the epic Wyatt Earp