Doc Holliday
August 14, 1851 - November 8, 1887


Birth and Early Life

Doc Holliday in Texas

Doc Holliday in Dodge City

Doc Holliday in Tombstone

Doc Holliday in Colorado

Doc Holliday - Death at Glenwood Springs

Truth about the Death of John Ringo

Welcome to the
Doc Holliday History Page


John Henry Holliday, better known as Doc Holliday, was a dentist who primarily earned his living as a gambler in the Old West. He went west after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. Surly and argumentative, Doc Holliday often got into altercations in the saloons and gambling joints he frequented. A thin, frail man, Doc Holliday was quick to pull a gun when he became involved in a confrontation.

Doc Holliday is best known for his participation in the controversial "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," which took place at Tombstone, Arizona, on October 26, 1881. In this legendary Old West encounter, Doc Holliday. along with Wyatt Earp, and his brothers Virgil and Morgan Earp, faced off with Ike and Billy Clanton and Tom and Frank McLaury. The shootout and the bloody events that followed, resulted in Doc Holliday acquiring the reputation as being one of the Old West's deadliest gunmen of his day. Doc Holliday, who Wyatt Earp claimed once saved his life, would become a loyal friend and sidekick to Wyatt Earp in countless novels and films.

In the popular movie Tombstone (1993), actor Val Kilmer, portraying Doc Holliday, outdraws Johnny Ringo in a deadly gunfight. Thus, no doubt ensuring for years to come from Old West neophytes that saw Tombstone the answer to the following question: "Who Shot Johnny Ringo?" - "Doc Holliday, of course." But the truth of how Johnny Ringo died is far different than the fictional account of Doc Holliday killing him in a gunfight.

This is the story of the real Doc Holliday.


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"He was long, lean, an ash-blonde, and the quickest man with a six-shooter that I ever knew." Wyatt Earp, San Francisco Examiner, August 2, 1896.