The Films

Doc Holliday in the Movies – Dennis Quaid

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Looking at film Doc Hollidays from the 1990s, Val Kilmer’s Doc in Tombstone is always the one that gets mentioned the most. He has the best lines for sure. I love Val’s portrayal. It’s hard not to love it, but historically, I think Dennis Quaid’s Doc Holliday in the 1993 film Wyatt Earp wins hands […]

The Characters

Introducing Doc Holliday

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One of the main reasons that I wrote A Gentleman in Hell is because I am obsessed with Doc as a character. It’s hard not to like Val Kilmer’s portrayal of Doc in Tombstone. He’s educated, witty, clever, loyal, a slick dresser, a good pianist, fast with a gun, and can ride a horse while hocking up half a lung. Not bad considering! To top it all, he gets all the best lines in the film. Then there’s Quaid’s Doc, a bit darker and more world-weary than Kilmer’s Doc. He’s more of a drunk, has a mean temper and rather strangely an extremely filthy handkerchief. He’s a grinning skull and a fatalist.