Tombstone Cast

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The Tombstone Cast of the 1993 Tombstone movie was well chosen. It was a large part of what made the movie such a beloved Western film.

We review the cast of Tombstone here – to get to know the people a little. To see how they fit in the roles. In fact what role did they play in the Tombstone cast?

We also cover crew members: supporting roles who make the film possible. We itemize by section. First by the major roles, then the secondary supporting roles, the minor roles, and then the noncredited roles.

Be sure to see the Second Page – where you learn about the crew, a vital part of the Tombstone cast. Because where would the Tombstone film be without them? There’s also some explanation of those strange job titles you see in the movie credits. What the heck do they mean? What do those people do, anyway?

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1993 Movie Tombstone Cast

Major Tombstone Cast Roles

Kurt Russell – Played Wyatt Earp. In this 1993 film, he’s the main Tombstone character. The story’s shown through his eyes.

  • Born March 17, 1951 in Springfield MA. 
  • He was a child actor, starting at age 11 in “It Happened at the World’s Fair.” Was also in Disney roles. 
  • In the early 1970s he took up baseball, getting a minor league team spot. 
  • In 1979 he first married Season Hubley after they both starred in a film about Elvis Presley. 
  • He first met Goldie Hawn about 1968, when working together. But they became closer in 1983 when they had roles on three films. He & Hubley divorced that year.
  • The next year he moved in together with Goldie Hawn. They’ve never married. 
  • Kurt has one son with Hubley. He and Goldie have one son. Kurt has raised Goldie’s two children as his own. 
  • Kurt is a hunter, aviator and supporter of Wings of Hope. 
  • His latest passion is wine-making, with his own label: GoGi.
Tombstone cast star Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell – Photo by Gage Skidmore

Val Kilmer – His part in the Tombstone cast was the memorable Doc Holliday. That Tombstone role was quite popular with all the movie fans. He had a lot of the great Movie Quotes.

  • Born December 31, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, named Val Edward. The middle of three sons. 
  • He had acting training in school via Hollywood Professional School, then Juilliard’s. He began auditioning for commercials at age 13. 
  • Val began acting on-stage, continued that while getting film work. His first film role was 1984’s Top Secret! 
  • He’s had roles in which he did his own singing. For example he played Jim Morrison in 1991 “The Doors.” 
  • His younger brother was lost to drowning at age 15, which deeply affected Val. 
  • He married Joanne Whalley in 1988. They had 2 kids, divorcing in 1996. He found out she filed when he saw it on CNN in his hotel room!
  • He supports several causes: AmeriCares, the New Mexico Film Investment Program, the New Mexico State Film Commission, the First Star Celebration for Children’s Rights, events raising money to end violence against women & girls worldwide, and events raising money for police officer victims’ families of the September 11th attack. 
  • He says he can’t cook, but loves traveling and scuba diving. He’s lately doing artwork. He his own Facebook Page you can check out HERE>
  • His grandfather lived in New Mexico, and Val now has a ranch there. He loves buffalo, has some on the ranch.
  • He’s had some recent health problems, so we’re concerned about him. Wish him the best.
Val Kilmer in Cannes, 2005
Val Kilmer in Cannes, 2005

Sam Elliott – Played Virgil Earp. His deep voice is recognizable, for sure.

  • Born August 9, 1944 in Sacramento, California. He says he wanted to act since age 9. His father was against that career choice, but he died before seeing his son’s success.
  • He graduated from Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. While in college he got a part as an extra in the 1967 film “The Way West.” 
  • He was in the California Army National Guard while developing his acting career.
  • But he started his acting career on the stage. Then he got a TV role in “The Felony Squad.” His first true movie role was in 1969 in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” 
  • Sam has also had frequent television roles. He often plays in Westerns, but has also been cast as tough-guy characters. 
  • He met his wife, actress Katharine Ross in 1978, when they worked on the film “The Legacy.” They made the October 1979 cover of Playgirl Magazine as “Hollywood’s Sexiest Couple.” 
  • They were married in May 1984, and are still married today. Katharine had been married 4 times before! They have 1 daughter.
  • He was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 2007.

Bill Paxton – He was cast as Morgan Earp in the Tombstone film. It’s sad that Bill was lost to post-surgical complications in 2017. He was a well-respected actor.

  • Born May 17, 1955 in Fort Worth, TX. Died February 25, 2017 in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA. 
  • His father was an actor & producer later in life, after running a Texas lumber company. 
  • When 18, Bill moved to California to work in film. Through family connections he got a film production assistant job with an educational & industrial firm. 
  • Then he got hired by New World Pictures, starting as a set dresser. In 1975 he got a role in “Crazy Mama.” 
  • Next year he went to New York University to study acting. He stayed two years, not completing his degree. 
  • Bill returned to LA. He created a film short used by Saturday Night Live. He began getting small roles, then larger ones. The big break-out was 1992’s One False Move.
  • 2006 he got the television role of a polygamist on Big Love
  • His marriage to Kelly Rowan in 1979, lasted less than a year. 
  • In 1987 he married Louise Newbury and they had two children. 
  • He was 61 when he died after having a stroke from repercussions of heart surgery. The events surrounding this went to litigation.

Powers Boothe – Played Curly Bill Brocius. This man with a wonderful acting resume was also lost in 2017.

  • Born June 1, 1948 in Snyder TX. Died May 14, 2017 in Los Angeles CA. 
  • He grew up helping his share-cropping family pick cotton. Named for his father’s WWII friend who was killed. 
  • His parents managed to get him to college, to Southwest Texas State University. Then a fellowship attending Southern Methodist University. He studied acting, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts. He became a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. 
  • His first position was with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, for ten years. 
  • In May 1969 he married Pam Cole, a Film Costume & Wardrobe worker. They had two children. 
  • In 1974 he tried New York: Broadway, finally getting a good role in “Lone Star.” 
  • In 1980 he got into TV, starring in the mini-series based on Reverend Jim Jones story. He won an Emmy for that. So he decided Los Angeles should be his home base. 
  • More TV scripts poured in, including HBO features such as Deadwood. Hollywood Gun Coach Thell Reed trained him for gun-play in his 1993 role in Tombstone. 
  • He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2009. 
  • Late in 2016 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. From this battle, he died of cardiopulmonary arrest while sleeping, at age 68.

Michael Biehn – Played Johnny Ringo. He was quite memorably cast as this apparently educated (Was He?) Tombstone Cowboy misfit.

  • Born July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama. The family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where Michael spent his youth. 
  • When he was 14 they moved again. This time to Lake Havasu, Arizona. He won a drama scholarship to the University of Arizona in Tucson. He took his classes for two years, then went to Hollywood. 
  • His first role was uncredited in the 1978 movie “Grease.” A bigger break came in 1981 when he played a star’s stalker in “The Fan.” 
  • Then he was in a series of Terminator and Alien films. He’s also done voices for video games. Plus directed and written. 
  • He first married actress Carlene Olson in July 1980. They had twin sons. Then divorced after seven years. 
  • He married Gina Marsh in 1987. They had two sons. Separating in 2007, Gina filed for divorce in May 2014. 
  • Now married to Jennifer Blanc, in 2015. They have one son.

Dana Delaney – Played Josephine Marcus. She caught Wyatt’s eye right away! And the attraction seemed mutual.

  • Born March 13, 1956 in New York City, NY, but raised in Stamford, Connecticut. 
  • She always knew she wanted to act. She’s a Wesleyan College graduate.
  • She moved into Manhattan, working as a cocktail waitress while auditioning for  daytime TV and Broadway parts. 
  • She got the starring role in the play “A Life” and then “Bloodmoon.” After that she was on her way to Hollywood. 
  • She’s been on TV shows, and has had many lead movie roles. She’s happiest working in TV and movies. 
  • As an Irish-American, she speaks Irish Gaelic.
  • She’s kind-of the free spirit as she portrayed with Josephine in the Movie Tombstone, in her horse-back riding scene in the foothills with Wyatt.

Stephen Lang – Played Ike Clanton. Did a very good job, so that if you saw Stephen on the street, you’d never connect the two of them!

  • Born July 11, 1952 in New York City, NY. 
  • His father is a well-known Manhattan patron who’s made a fortune in technology. He’s donated much to “I Have a Dream” and Swarthmore College, where Stephen’s a graduate and holds another honorary degree. 
  • Stephen began his career on stage, off-Broadway and Broadway. 
  • In 1991 his first film hit was playing Babe Ruth. 
  • He has quite a few acting nominations and awards to his credit, including the Grace Prize and the Outer Critics Circle. 
  • In June 1980 he married Kristina Watson, a teacher and costume designer. They have six children and live in Kinderhook, NY.
Stephen Lang, actor with Hawaii senator
Stephen Lang with Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii

Robert Mitchum – Narrator: Behind the scenes.

  • Born August 6, 1917 in Bridgeport Connecticut.
  • His father was killed in a train accident; a stepfather came into the picture. He began acting out, roaming around, getting in trouble, even put on a chain gang at age 14.
  • He was in Long Beach, California in 1936 when he found an amateur theater company his sister was with. It intrigued him, and he worked with them. He also wrote scripts and song lyrics for his sister.
  • In 1940 he married Dorothy Spence, whom he’d met when traveling during his teens. They remained together until his death.
  • In 1942 he began getting film roles. He got an RKO contract in 1944. He was drafted into the Army in WWII. After the war, he was immediately enlisted into “The Story of G.I. Joe” for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
  • His career took off from there. He died at age 79 in Santa Barbara, CA, from lung cancer on top of his emphysema on July 1, 1997.
  • He was cremated, his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
Robert Mitchum, actor
Robert Mitchum in 1960

Supporting Tombstone Cast

Charlton Heston – Selected for the part of rancher Henry Hooker

  • Born October 4, 1923 in Wilmette IL. Died April 5, 2008 in Los Angeles CA, of pneumonia.
  • First studied acting in High School, then at Northwestern University on a Drama scholarship. 
  • In 1941 he had the starring silent role in Pyr Gynt, his first. 
  • In 1944 he married fellow Northwestern University student, Lydia Marie Clarke. Stayed married until the day he died. 
  • Six months after they tied the knot, he joined the Army Air Force and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. 
  • He became known for playing historical roles, especially Biblical block-busters. He was in over 100 films spanning 60 years. 
  • In later life he was President of the NRA and developed Alzheimer’s.
Actor Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston in 1961

Jason Priestley – Played the part of Billy Breckenridge

  • Born August 28, 1969 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 
  • He began acting doing TV commercials. 
  • Also had some minor TV roles in his teens
  • Then was chosen for a starring role on “90210.” He stayed with the Brandon role for 8 years. He learned to direct on that show, as Aaron Spelling gave him increasing opportunities. 
  • He likes to play hockey.
  • He’s a racing fan. But Jason crashed his own car into a pole, and was charged with a DUI in 1998. 
  • He became a U.S. citizen in July 2007. He was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2016. 
  • In May 2005 he married make-up artist Naomi Lowde. They have 2 children.

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson – Performed as Mattie Earp, Wyatt’s wife

  • Born October 9, 1960 in New York City, NY. She’s the granddaughter of the original founder of DC comics.
  • Her first role was in The Little Drummer Girl in 1984.
  • In March 2011 she married movie director Alex Smith.

Jon Tenney – Depicted Sheriff Johnny Behan

  • Born December 16, 1961 in Princeton, NJ.
  • Graduate of Vassar College. Studied at Julliard, but left to tour in The Real Thing.
  • Married actress Teri Hatcher in May 1994, but divorced. They had a daughter, whom they co-parent. Married producer Leslie Urdang in June 2012.

Thomas Haden Church – Played Billy Clanton

  • Born June 17, 1960 in Yolo, California. Named Thomas Richard McMillen.
  • Raised in Texas, he became a radio DJ at KBFM in Harlingen TX, and did voice-over announcements. 
  • He attended the University of North Texas.
  • At 28 years old he got a part in “Stolen Moments,” so he moved to Los Angeles to get into acting as a career.
  • He says he felt overwhelmed/ intimidated by the big stars such as Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, etc. – while on the Tombstone cast.
  • He’s engaged to actress, Mia Zottoli, and they have a daughter.

Paula Malcomson – Performed the role of Allie Earp, Virgil’s wife

  • Born June 1, 1970 in Belfast, Ireland.
  • She left her Belfast home when she was 15. She traveled around Europe. 
  • By the early 1990s, she was in New York, waitressing.
  • A film producer noticed her, and her acting career began with small movie roles.
  • She’s had major roles in The Green Mile, Deadwood, Sons of Anarchy & Ray Donovan.
  • She has homes in Los Angeles and Belfast.

Joanna Pacula – Cast as Big Nose Kate

  • Born January 2, 1957 in Tomaszów Lubelski, Lubelskie, Poland.
  • She attended the National Polish Theater School to study acting.
  • Director Roman Polanski met her in Paris in 1981 when Poland was under martial law. 
  • She immigrated to the U.S. 
  • With Polanski’s help she got modeling work and then the lead in Gorki Park.
  • She lives in Southern California.

John Philbin – Played Tom McLaury

  • Born April 27, 1960 in California. He grew up in Palos Verdes, and began learning surfing when he was 12. 
  • He’s a well-known surfer, and has done quite a few surfing films.
  • He studied acting at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • He now combines the two fields, training actors in surfing. He also produces.

John Burke – Played Frank McLaury

  • Born September 12, 1960 in Washington Heights, NY. Also known as Robert John Burke.
  • He studied at the Acting Conservatory at the State University of New York at Purchase. Picked up roles pretty quickly after that.
  • He also is a NY State Certified firefighter. He’s a volunteer firefighter, a Captain in his hometown’s unit. 
  • And he has a 2nd degree black belt in Matsubayashi, Shorin-ryu Okinawa karate.
  • He has two kids.

Small Roles

Lisa Collins – Played Louisa Earp, Morgan’s wife. She was born in Australia on November 22, 1968. She married actor Billy Zane in 1989, they met on the movie set “Dead Calm.” But they were divorced in 1995. Her first noted role was in The Great Santini.

Harry Carey Jr. – Played Marshal Fred White. Born into an acting family on May 16, 1921 in Saugus California. He played character roles for many years, usually in Westerns. As a boy he learned to speak Navajo. He served with the U.S. Navy in WWII. After that is when he began with small roles, then a part in a film with his father, Red River. He died December 27, 2012.

Harry Carey Jr. in 1948
Harry Carey Jr. in 1948

Michael Rooker – Played Sherman McMasters. Born April 6, 1955 in Jasper Alabama. He moved to Chicago at age 13 with his parents’ divorce. He became interested in acting at college. He graduated from the Goodman School of Drama. He began acting on stage in Chicago. Then he got into film and TV. A memorable role was when he played Merle in The Walking Dead. He married Margot LaRose in June 1979. They have 2 daughters and also have a granddaughter.

Billy Bob Thornton – Played Johnny Tyler. Born August 4, 1955 in Hot Springs Arkansas. His father was a teacher, his mother a self-named psychic. A poor family, they moved around a bit when Billy Bob was a child. He graduated high school and began college at Henderson State in Arkadelpia, AR. He only stayed two semesters. He played with a band as a drummer and singer. Then went to Los Angeles for a film career in 1981. He struggled breaking in, worked various jobs for support. He met Billy Wilder, and got a few small parts. His break-out was finally with writing, directing and acting in Sling Blade in 1996. He’s been married six times, has four children. One marriage was to Angelina Jolie. His last marriage was to makeup effects artist Connie Angland on October 22, 2014.

Pat Brady – Played Milton Joyce, Oriental Saloon proprietor. He appeared in other films such as the Golden Years and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

Tomas Arana – Played Frank Stillwell. Born April 3, 1955 in Auburn, California. Tomas grew up in San Francisco. It’s there he studied at the American Conservatory Theatre, studying classical methods. He moved to New York City, getting roles in off-Broadway plays. He moved to Italy and began touring with a prestige company there for 9 years. He began getting Italian film work. He obtained Italian citizenship, so now he has duel U.S./Italian. Tomas has 3 sons.

Tomas Arana, actor
Tomas Arana: Self-portrait

Paul Ben-Victor – Played Florentino. Born July 24, 1964 in Brooklyn, NY, with the given name of Paul Friedman. His mother was a playwright. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. In 1987 he got his first part in a TV movie: “Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife.”

Wyatt Earp, III – Played Billy Claiborne, friend of the McLaurys. Born Glen Wyatt Earp on October 2, 1962 in Stillwater Oklahoma. He is related to the historical Wyatt Earp, a 5th cousin. His career is in acting, he’s been in other films such as Angel Fire and Pretty Ugly People.

Billy Zane – Played Mr. Fabian, in the acting company. Born February 24, 1966 in Chicago IL. Both his parents were into acting, as amateurs. His older sister is an actress. He was interested in acting since childhood. He went to the Harand Camp of the Theater Arts in Elkhart Lake, WI while a teenager. After graduating high school he headed to Los Angeles in 1985. He got a part pretty quickly, in “Back to the Future.” In 1989 he married Lisa Collins, who played Louisa Earp in Tombstone. They divorced at the end of 1995. In 1999 he met Leonor Varela on the set of “Cleopatra.” They soon got engaged. But it didn’t last very long – they broke up.

Peter Sherayko – Played Texas Jack Vermillion. Born October 8, 1946 in Perth Amboy, NJ. He grew up watching Westerns on TV. He joined the Air Force after high school. After getting out he started college: Florida State and the University of Maine. Majoring in speech, he was in a play. In his role, a girl kisses him. He switched to an Acting major! After college he moved near NYC and got roles in commercials and a soap opera. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982. He got a part in an evening soap called “Rituals.” He kept aiming for Western roles. Peter and Susan have been married since after his college days. Read More>

Peter Sherayko
Peter Sherayko in Tombstone for Film’s 25th Reunion

Terry O’Quinn – Played Mayor John Clum. Born July 15, 1952 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He learned to play drums while in high school. He can also sing. He went to Central Michigan University, where he began acting. Then he went to the University of Iowa in Iowa City. In the 1970s he went to Baltimore for a stage role in “Tartuffe.” In 1980 he broke into films with “Heaven’s Gate.” He had to add an “O” to the front of his birth name Quinn to differentiate himself from the other actor Terry Quinn. He was married to Lori in November 1979. They had 2 children. They divorced in 2012

Grant James – Played Dr. Goodfellow. Born June 19, 1935 in Medino, OH. He’s a 1962 graduate from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. He also writes and does voice-overs. He married Juli Erickson (nee Billie Jean Thorpe) on July 4, 1986.

Frank Stallone – Played Ed Bailey. Born July 30, 1950 in New York City, NY. He’s the brother of Sylvester Stallone. He’s also a musician.

Frank Stallone
Frank Stallone in Tombstone for the 1993 Movie Reunion

Near the end of the movie, Wyatt Earp presents Doc Holliday with a book called My Friend Doc Holliday By Wyatt Earp. Was this historically accurate?

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