Hickok, Wild Bill

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Hickok, Wild Bill Gender: M
James Butler Hickok
born on 27 May 1837
Place Troy Grove, Illinois, 41n28, 89w05
Timezone LMT m89w05 (is local mean time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Astrodienst
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Wild Bill Hickok


American folk hero of the Old West known for his life on the frontier as a soldier, scout, lawman, gambler, showman, and actor, and for his involvement in many famous gunfights. He earned a great deal of notoriety in his own time, much of it bolstered by the many outlandish and often fabricated tales he told about himself. Some contemporaneous reports of his exploits are known to be fictitious, but they remain the basis of much of his fame and reputation.

Hickok was born and raised on a farm in northern Illinois at a time when lawlessness and vigilante activity were rampant because of the influence of the "Banditti of the Prairie". Drawn to this ruffian lifestyle, he headed west at age 18 as a fugitive from justice, working as a stagecoach driver and later as a lawman in the frontier territories of Kansas and Nebraska. He fought and spied for the Union Army during the American Civil War and gained publicity after the war as a scout, marksman, actor, and professional gambler. He was involved in several notable shootouts during the course of his life.

On 2 August 1876, Hickok was shot in the back of the head at point-blank range and killed instantly at age 39 while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory (present-day South Dakota) by Jack McCall, an unsuccessful gambler. The hand of cards which he supposedly held at the time of his death has become known as the 'dead man's hand': two pairs; black aces and eights.

Hickok remains a popular figure of frontier history. Many historic sites and monuments commemorate his life, and he has been depicted numerous times in literature, film, and television. He is chiefly portrayed as a protagonist, although historical accounts of his actions are often controversial, and much of his career is known to have been exaggerated both by himself and by contemporary mythmakers. While Hickok claimed to have killed numerous named and unnamed gunmen in his lifetime, his career as a gunfighter only lasted from 1861 to 1871. According to Joseph G. Rosa, Hickok's biographer and the foremost authority on Wild Bill, Hickok killed only six or seven men in gunfights.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • role played of/by Bridges, Jeff (born 4 December 1949). Notes: 1995 film "Wild Bill"
  • role played of/by Brolin, Josh (born 12 February 1968). Notes: 1989-1992 TV series "Young Riders"
  • role played of/by Bronson, Charles (born 3 November 1921). Notes: 1977 film "The White Buffalo"
  • role played of/by Carradine, Keith (born 8 August 1949). Notes: 2004-2006 TV series "Deadwood"
  • role played of/by Cooper, Gary (born 7 May 1901). Notes: 1936 film "The Plainsman"
  • role played of/by Hart, William S. (born 6 December 1864). Notes: 1923 silent film "Wild Bill Hickok"
  • role played of/by Madison, Guy (born 19 January 1922). Notes: 1951-1958 TV series "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok"


  • Death of Father 1852 (William Alonzo Hickok)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1876 (Agnes Thatcher Lake)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 5 March 1876 (Glaucoma and ophthalmia)
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  • Death by Homicide 2 August 1876 (Gunshot wound to head, age 39)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from They Called Him Wild Bill: The Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok by Joseph G. Rosa (University of Oklahoma Press, 2012), page 10:

"Kent Ladd Steckmesser, in The Western Hero in History and Legend, 105, claims that the page from the Hickok family Bible recording James's birth is missing, but he does not indicate where the Bible is located. The family records in Troy Grove show the date as May 27, 1837."

Birth time unknown. Lepoivre quotes Penfield for 9.30 am, most probably a rectified birth time. Starkman rectified to 9.21.44 LMT Asc 9Leo31'.


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Eyes (Glaucoma and ophthalmia)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Fatal gunshot wound)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Fourth of six)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gambler (Professional)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide serial
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Law : Police
  • Vocation : Military : Military career
  • Vocation : Misc. : Farmer/ Rancher (Drover)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Eye-hand coordination (Outstanding pistol marksmanship)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Folk hero of the American Old West)