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 Wyatt Earp is famous as being one of America’s most famous historical figures on the basis that he is regarded as a vigilante who went around in the Wild West dealing out rough justice. Yet this is not really the truth. There is a significant disparity between the 'fairy tale' version of this man's life, and the rather starker, seedier reality. A myth has been created, partly by Wyatt Earp himself, and partly by others. Wyatt Earp is famous as being one of America’s most famous historical figures on the basis that he is regarded as a vigilante who went around in the Wild West dealing out rough justice. Yet this is not really the truth. There is a significant disparity between the 'fairy tale' version of this man's life, and the rather starker, seedier reality. A myth has been created, partly by Wyatt Earp himself, and partly by others.
  
-In the early part of the twentieth century, Wyatt Earp, who was famous for taking part in a notorious gunfight that happened at Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881, met up in California with a would-be screenwriter called Stuart Lake and told him his life story. Lake turned this life story into a screenplay and sold the rights to it four years later to the film makers Fox. They later made the first of the many films that would be made about Earp, creating the myth about him that exists to this day. What people believe they know about Wyatt Earp comes from films such as '​Gunfight at the OK Corral'​ (1957, starring Burt Lancaster). ABC made a television series called 'The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp between 1955 and 1961 (starring Hugh O’Brian). Coming more up to date, in 1993 Kurt Russell starred as earp in the film '​Tombstone'​. In 1994 Kevin Costner starred as Earp in the film 'Wyatt Earp'. These all present the mythologized version of the man.+In the early part of the twentieth century, Wyatt Earp, who was famous for taking part in a notorious gunfight that happened at Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881, met up in California with a would-be screenwriter called Stuart Lake and told him his life story. Lake turned this life story into a screenplay and sold the rights to it four years later to the film makers Fox. They later made the first of the many films that would be made about Earp, creating the myth about him that exists to this day. What people believe they know about Wyatt Earp comes from films such as '​Gunfight at the OK Corral'​ (1957, starring Burt Lancaster). ABC made a television series called 'The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp between 1955 and 1961 (starring Hugh O’Brian). Coming more up to date, in 1993 Kurt Russell starred as Earp in the film '​Tombstone'​. In 1994 Kevin Costner starred as Earp in the film 'Wyatt Earp'. These all present the mythologized version of the man.
  
 The story they tell is that Earp reluctantly became a lawman and got involved in the gunfight at Tombstone because of his strong belief that law and order should prevail, and that he was utterly loyal to his brothers, who were also officers of the law. The Earps killed three cowboys in the gunfight, and their friends exacted their revenge by shooting two of Wyatt Earp’s brothers. One was shot dead, the other was left wounded. The story then goes that Earp realized he wouldn'​t be able to bring the men who did the shooting to justice through the normal legal means, and so he took the law into his own hands and tracked down and killed several of the men he thought were guilty of the killings and killed them himself. He did this whilst wearing the badge of a deputy U.S. marshal. The story they tell is that Earp reluctantly became a lawman and got involved in the gunfight at Tombstone because of his strong belief that law and order should prevail, and that he was utterly loyal to his brothers, who were also officers of the law. The Earps killed three cowboys in the gunfight, and their friends exacted their revenge by shooting two of Wyatt Earp’s brothers. One was shot dead, the other was left wounded. The story then goes that Earp realized he wouldn'​t be able to bring the men who did the shooting to justice through the normal legal means, and so he took the law into his own hands and tracked down and killed several of the men he thought were guilty of the killings and killed them himself. He did this whilst wearing the badge of a deputy U.S. marshal.

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