Who played Johnny Ringo in Tombstone? And do you think the real Ringo took his own life?
Joyce Bell Marshall — La Crosse, Wisconsin
Michael Biehn played Johnny Ringo. Born in Alabama, the actor grew up in Nebraska and then Arizona. He studied drama at the University of Arizona in Tucson for a couple of years, then headed to Hollywood, California, to try his luck.
He told True West that people approach him all the time, quoting his lines from Tombstone: “All right, Lunger. Let’s do it!” or “I want your blood. And I want your souls. And I want them both right now!”
As for the real Ringo, a coroner’s jury ruled his 1882 death was suicide. Some believed he was murdered, but the known evidence supports the conclusion that he took his own life.
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