Local activation of Src at the plasma membrane by extracellular vaccinia virus results in a signalling cascade that acts to stimulate actin polymerization beneath the virus to enhance its cell-to-cell spread. Initiation of this signalling cascade involves Src-mediated phosphorylation of tyrosine 112 and 132 of the viral membrane protein A36R. Here we show that recruitment of Src is dependent on its myristoylation and an interaction with A36R upstream of tyrosine 112 and 132. We further show that Src, Fyn and Yes have unique specificities towards these tyrosine residues. Using cell lines deficient in Src, Fyn and Yes, we demonstrate that multiple Src family members can stimulate vaccinia-induced actin polymerization and also uncover a role for Abl family kinases. Additionally, Abl and Arg are able to phosphorylate A36R in vitro and are recruited to vaccinia-induced actin tails. The ability of multiple families of tyrosine kinases to directly phosphorylate A36R ensures robust cell-to-cell spread of vaccinia virus will occur under a variety of cellular conditions.