Kurt Russell made a big impression on Western fans with his portrayal of Wyatt Earp in 1993’s “Tombstone.” There are family connections to the Earp story, at least on the silver screen. Kurt’s father, Bing Russell, was a well-known character actor for several decades. He frequently appeared in TV Westerns (including “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” where he played lawman Charlie Bassett).
Bing was also in 1957’s “Gunfight at the OK Corral”—briefly. He was uncredited as Harry the bartender at a saloon in Fort Griffin, Texas, where Doc Holliday kills a man.