Earp , Wyatt (Berry Stapp) (1848–1929), a United States frontier peace officer, gunfighter, and gambler. Earp was a legendary figure of the Old West whose exploits have been romanticized in films and on television. He is best remembered for the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, October 26, 1881. Wyatt, his brothers Virgil and Morgan, and John H. (Doc) Holliday exchanged gunfire with four suspected rustlers, the Clanton and McLaury brothers, killing three. Weeks later, friends of the Clantons wounded Virgil and murdered Morgan. Wyatt reportedly tracked down and killed the slayers.
Earp was born at Monmouth, Illinois, and moved to California with his family at 16. He was a buffalo hunter and gambler, and then a peace officer, in Kansas, at Wichita (1874–76) and Dodge City (1876–79), and at Tombstone (1879–82). He later settled in California, living on income from gambling and real estate and mining investments.