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Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Apr 2020 7:58 p.m. PST

The two nominees are:

1. Keith Carradine in Deadwood
2. Jeff Bridges in the 1995 movie

Feel free to submit a name.
I go with Carradine for his short lived (no pun intended) role in Deadwood.

I sure wish they would make a Wild Bill Hickok movie equal to Tombstone.

Russ Dunaway

rmaker27 Apr 2020 8:18 p.m. PST

William S. Hart

And Guy Madison.

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Apr 2020 8:23 p.m. PST

Hart does not even remotely resemble Hickok, nor does the guy that played in the TV series?

Russ Dunaway

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2020 8:49 p.m. PST

I'd go with Jeff Bridges.

Greylegion28 Apr 2020 3:32 a.m. PST

Jeff Bridges.

PK Guy Brent28 Apr 2020 5:54 a.m. PST

I'll go with Bridges. Every year when we visit Deadwood, my wife has to have her picture taken next to Hickock's statue.

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Apr 2020 7:44 a.m. PST

I like Bridges also, but in the movie he plays Hickok to " angry" I think ? From all I have read-- Wild Bill was usually an amiable type fellow until riled.
Carridines Wild Bill" is more quiet and brooding and that is which I prefer him.

Legion 428 Apr 2020 9:38 a.m. PST

Tough call between Bridges and Caradine for me …

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Apr 2020 11:21 a.m. PST

I at the very minimum demand that there is at least some effort put forth to at least make the actor resemble the historical figure?

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Apr 2020 12:10 p.m. PST

Sam elliot in Buffalo girls was not bad, although I give a thumbs down when they even attempt to soup up Calamity Jane ??

John Leahy28 Apr 2020 2:56 p.m. PST

Carradine. He comes across as low key until he gets upset or wronged. Then there's the devil to pay!

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Apr 2020 3:14 p.m. PST

John, As I said above -- that is why I chose Carradine.
Also, in Deadwood, he was honorable-- but not a saint.

Russ Dunaway

rmaker29 Apr 2020 11:35 a.m. PST

Hart does not even remotely resemble Hickok

And this is relevant? After all, Charles Laughton didn't remotely resemble either William Bligh or Henry VIII, but no one questions the excellence of his portrayals of both.

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Apr 2020 11:39 a.m. PST

We can at least get the moustache and long hair it would seem ?

Mr J197010 May 2020 2:40 p.m. PST

Carradine, a brilliant cameo performance, this is what makes Deadwood the definitive depiction of the authentic old west IMHO, right from the get up and go it was always an ensemble production and performance.With so many well drawn out characters. Carradine's Wild Bill and Timothy Oliphant's Seth Bullock were an inspired pairing.

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Legion 411 May 2020 8:40 a.m. PST

I liked Deadwood too. More realistic and gritty than the movies and series of the '50s, '60s & even '70s. Those were laughable at times !

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2020 1:32 p.m. PST

Carradine, how they didn't make a HBO biography about Wild Bill with Carradine is beyond me. Now he's to old.

Carradine manages that cool professionalism of someone who's seen death and trusts his abilities 100%. Like a 19th century former green berets.

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