HICKOK, Wild Bill

   James Butler Hickok was one of the most colorful lawmen in the old West, celebrated in numerous Western films. The real Wild Bill knew how to develop an image and a persona as well as any of the film stars who later played his part. Nearly every fan of cinema Westerns knows the Hickok image: the long flowing hair over the shoulders, the handlebar mustache, the frock coat, the oversized Ned Buntline specials low slung in his gun belt. Hickok was a town-taming lawman, first taming Abilene, Kansas, at the height of the cattle boom, then moving down to Dodge City. Hickok was a showman himself, actually teaming up with Buffalo Bill Cody in a touring theatrical company for a while. Calamity Jane is usually associated with Wild Bill in most versions of the story. His death in Deadwood, South Dakota, on August 2, 1876, is one of the most famous in Western lore. He was sitting in a saloon playing poker, holding aces and eights—the dead man’s hand—when Jack McCall walked up behind him, placed a gun to his head, and fired. Many film versions of Wild Bill’s life have been produced through the years. Perhaps the most notable is The Plainsman (1936) with Gary Cooper as Wild Bill.

Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Cinema. . 2012.

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  • Hickok, Wild Bill — orig. James Butler Hickok born May 27, 1837, Troy Grove, Ill., U.S. died Aug. 2, 1876, Deadwood, Dakota Territory U.S. frontiersman. He left home in 1865 to farm in Kansas, where he became involved in the Free State (antislavery) movement. He… …   Universalium

  • Hickok, Wild Bill — orig. James Butler Hickok (27 may. 1837, Troy Grove, Ill., EE.UU.–2 ago. 1876, Deadwood, Territorio de Dakota). Colonizador y explorador estadounidense. En 1865 se marchó a Kansas para dedicarse a la agricultura y participó en el movimiento Free… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Wild Bill Hickok — Nombre James Butler Hickok …   Wikipedia Español

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  • Wild Bill Hickok — Nom de naissance James Butler Hickok Surnom Wild Bill Naissance 27 mai 1837 Troy Grove (Illino …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Wild Bill Hickock — Wild Bill Hickok Wild Bill Hickok Wild Bill Hickok (Troy Grove, Illinois, 27 mai 1837 Deadwood, Sud Dakota, 2 août 1876), de son vrai nom James Butler Hickok, est une figure emblématique de l Ouest américain. Biographie James Butler Hickok… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Wild Bill — is a nickname most commonly associated with Wild Bill Hickok, which may refer to one of two individuals:* James Butler Wild Bill Hickok (1837 1876), gunfighter and legendary figure of the American West. * William Orville Wild Bill Hickok (1874… …   Wikipedia

  • 'Wild Bill' Hickok — ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok [Wild Bill Hickok] (1837–76) a famous ↑frontiersman in the American ↑Wild West. His real name was James Butler Hickok. He worked as a ↑marshal (= law officer …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wild Bill Hickok — Infobox Person name= Wild Bill Hickok caption= birth name = James Butler Hickok birth date= birth date|1837|5|27|mf=y birth place= Troy Grove, Illinois, U.S. death date= death date and age|1876|8|2|1837|5|27|mf=y death place= Deadwood, Dakota… …   Wikipedia

  • Wild Bill Hickcock — Dieser Artikel beschreibt den Revolverhelden „Wild Bill“ Hickok. Denselben Spitznamen hat auch der Programmierer Bill Stealey. Wild Bill Hickok …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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