Glen Wyatt Earp III, cast in 1993’s Tombstone as Billy Claiborne, is the fifth cousin of the Old West legend.
None of the fighting Earps-—Virgil, Wyatt, Morgan and Warren—had sons, so no direct descendants bear the name Earp. An older half-brother Newton, however, did have sons. Apparently Wyatt III comes from his line, as does Wyatt Earp, an actor who has made a career of portraying not only Wyatt on stage, but also Wyatt’s O.K. Corral gunfighting partner, Doc Holliday.
Wyatt Earp III is a big, strapping man who says his name has hindered rather than helped his career in Hollywood.
Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian. His latest book is Wyatt Earp: Showdown at Tombstone. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org