Who’s Your Favorite Movie Doc Holliday?

Last week, MovieFanFare asked for your favorite film Wyatt Earp.Today’s poll looks at his O.K. Corral compadre, Doc Holliday. Victor Mature, Kirk Douglas, Val Kilmer and Dennis Quaid are among the dentists-turned-gunslingers aiming for your vote. 

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  • ganderson

    “I’m your Huckleberry.”

    I have already vented my spleen regarding the relative qualities of “Tombstone,’ ‘Wyatt Earp,’ and ‘My Darling Clementine’ and I won’t try anyone’s patience by repeating what I said in last week’s Wyatt Earp poll. Val Kilmer’s performance in ‘Tombstone’ is a classic and perfectly captured the persona of the gin-soaked dentist-turned-gambler Doc Holliday. No idea what the real Doc was like in person, but for me he’ll always be Val Kilmer.

    But, I also have to give a big nod to Dennis Quaid in the Kevin Costner film ‘Wyatt Earp.’ He had a different take on the Holliday personality, but that role was also extremely well-written and well-acted. Kudos to both Kilmer and Quaid — I’ll probably vote for both of them.

    Little known fact and useless information: Dennis Quaid’s brother Randy also played Doc Holliday in the haunting, fascinating and obscure western fantasy ‘Purgatory.’ The movie is a touching combination of the wild west and the Twilight Zone and should be a must-see for for western fans. Randy Quaid’s portrayal is pretty high on the ‘Okay’ scale, and nothing to make Dennis lose any sleep over.

  • david hartzog

    Most of these, particularly Dennis Quaid and Val Kilmer, did Doc justice, but I string with Jason Robards, who had real chemistry with James Garner.

  • jbourne5181

    Val Kilmer, hands down. there’s not even a close second.

  • Movie Joe

    “I’ll be your huckleberry” Nobody did Doc Holliday better than Val Kilmer!

  • ericsmith42

    Dennis Quaid portrays Doc Holliday perfectly, right down to the man’s increasing weight loss due to his illness. Kilmer did a great job but Quaid just beats him out.

  • mike

    By far Kirk Douglas–he had the bravado with Burt Lancaster in Gunfight at the OK Corral. Further, Frankie Lane’s singing the theme was superb also.

  • Charles M Lee

    No one comes close to Val Kilmer as far as entertainment bang for the buck. Kilmer is to Doc Holiday what Heath Ledger was to the Joker. As far as capturing the accuracy of he character that would be Dennis Quaid.

    • rogerscorpion

      Quaid WAS stellar. Losing all that weight & delivering his lines with honey in his throat.

  • rogerscorpion

    Few things on the screen, thrill me more than Kilmer’s Doc. A woman & I used to regularly fast-forward through everything, except Val’s scenes. That is not to take away from a grand film. It was just that we loved his line readings THAT much.
    Val was ROBBED! He didn’t even get an Oscar nod. Maltin even calls it the screen’s best-ever Doc Holliday.
    And, to think that, if it hadn’t been for Marty Scorcese, we’d never have seen Val in the role.