Hugh O'Brian
Actor and United States Marine
Hugh O'Brian
Hugh O'Brian is an American actor, known for his starring role in the ABC television series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961).
Biography
Hugh O'Brian's personal information overview.
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Hugh O'Brian, actor who played Wyatt Earp, dies at 91
LATimes - 6 months
Hugh O'Brian, who helped tame the Wild West as the star of TV's “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” and was the founder of a long-running youth leadership development organization, has died. He was 91. O'Brian, who had several health issues, died Monday morning with his wife nearby at their Beverly...
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Hugh O'Brian, actor who played Wyatt Earp, dies at 91
LATimes - 6 months
Hugh O'Brian, who helped tame the Wild West as the star of TV's “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” and was the founder of a long-running youth leadership development organization, has died. He was 91. O'Brian, who had several health issues, died Monday morning with his wife nearby at their Beverly...
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LATimes article
Hugh O'Brian, actor who played Wyatt Earp, dies at 91
LATimes - 6 months
Hugh O'Brian, who helped tame the Wild West as the star of TV's “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” and was the founder of a long-running youth leadership development organization, has died. He was 91. O'Brian, who had several health issues, died Monday morning with his wife nearby at their Beverly...
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LATimes article
Hugh O'Brian, actor who played Wyatt Earp, dies at 91
LATimes - 6 months
Hugh O'Brian, who helped tame the Wild West as the star of TV's “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” and was the founder of a long-running youth leadership development organization, has died. He was 91. O'Brian, who had several health issues, died Monday morning with his wife nearby at their Beverly...
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LATimes article
Hugh O'Brian, actor who played Wyatt Earp, dies at 91
LATimes - 6 months
Hugh O'Brian, who helped tame the Wild West as the star of TV's “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” and was the founder of a long-running youth leadership development organization, has died. He was 91. O'Brian, who had several health issues, died Monday morning with his wife nearby at their Beverly...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hugh O'Brian
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 90
    O'Brian died at his home in Beverly Hills, California on September 5, 2016 at the age of 91.
    More Details Hide Details O'Brian dedicated much of his life to the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), a non-profit youth leadership development program for high school scholars. HOBY sponsors 10,000 high school sophomores annually through its over 70 leadership programs in all 50 states and 20 countries. Since its inception in 1958, over 435,000 young people have participated in HOBY-related programs. One high school sophomore from every high school in the United States, referred to as an "ambassador", is welcome to attend a state or regional HOBY seminar. From each of those seminars, students (number based on population) are offered the opportunity to attend the World Leadership Congress (WLC). In 2008, over 500 ambassadors attended from all 50 states and 20 countries. The concept for HOBY was inspired in 1958 by a nine-day visit O'Brian had with famed humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Africa. Dr. Schweitzer believed "the most important thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves."
  • 2006
    Age 80
    On June 25, 2006, at age 81, O'Brian married his girlfriend of 18 years, Virginia Barber (born ca. 1952); it was his first and only marriage.
    More Details Hide Details The ceremony was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Robert Schuller officiating. Barber, who had been married once previously, is a teacher by profession and the couple spent their honeymoon studying philosophy at Oxford University. O'Brian stated that he believed that "an active mind is as important as an active body." O'Brian has one son, Hugh, by a relationship with photographer Adina Etkes.
  • 1999
    Age 73
    In 1999 and 2000, he co-starred with Dick Van Patten, Deborah Winters, Richard Roundtree and Richard Anderson in the miniseries Y2K - World in Crisis.
    More Details Hide Details The actor appeared in a number of films, among them Rocketship X-M (1950), The Lawless Breed (1953), There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), White Feather (1955), Come Fly with Me (1963), Love Has Many Faces (1965), In Harm's Way (1965), Ten Little Indians (1965) and Ambush Bay (1966).
  • FIFTIES
  • 1977
    Age 51
    While onstage, Elvis Presley introduced O'Brian from the audience at a performance at the Las Vegas Hilton, as captured in the imported live CD release "April Fool's Dinner". O'Brian was a featured actor in the 1977 two-hour premiere of the popular television series Fantasy Island.
    More Details Hide Details He played the last character that John Wayne ever killed on the screen in Wayne's final movie, The Shootist (1976). O'Brian appeared in fight scenes with a Bruce Lee lookalike in Lee's last - partially completed - film, the controversial Game of Death. O'Brian recreated his Wyatt Earp role for three 1990s projects: Guns of Paradise (1990) and The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991), with fellow actor Gene Barry doing likewise as lawman Bat Masterson for each, as well as the independent film Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (1994). He also had a small role in the Danny DeVito/Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Twins (1988).
  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 45
    In 1971 he filmed a TV movie pilot titled Probe, playing a high-tech (for the times) agent for a company that specialized in recovering valuable items.
    More Details Hide Details The pilot would spawn a show for O'Brian named Search, which ran one season (1972–1973).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 38
    He served as guest host on episodes of The Hollywood Palace in 1964 and the rock music series Shindig in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details He was a guest celebrity panelist on the popular CBS prime-time programs Password and What's My Line? and served as a mystery guest on three occasions on the latter series.
  • 1963
    Age 37
    He also appeared as a 'guest attorney' in the 1963 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Two-Faced Turn-a-bout" when its star, Raymond Burr, was sidelined for a spell after minor emergency surgery.
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    Years later, Hugh O'Brian was awarded to the key to the city by Lancaster Mayor George Coe in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details O'Brian first attended school at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, then the (now defunct) Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri; he lettered in football, basketball, wrestling, and track. O'Brian dropped out of the University of Cincinnati after one semester to enlist in the Marine Corps during World War II. At seventeen, he became the youngest Marine drill instructor.
  • 1957
    Age 31
    O'Brian appeared regularly on other programs in the 1950s and 1960s, including The Nat King Cole Show, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and The Dinah Shore Chevy Show all in 1957.
    More Details Hide Details He was seen in Jack Palance's ABC circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 29
    He was chosen to portray legendary lawman Wyatt Earp on the ABC western series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, which debuted in 1955.
    More Details Hide Details The series, alongside Gunsmoke and Cheyenne, which debuted the same year, spearheaded the "adult western" television genre, with the emphasis on character development rather than moral sermonizing. It soon became one of the top-rated shows on television. During its six-year run, Wyatt Earp consistently placed in the top ten in the United States. Decades later, he reprised the role in two episodes of the television series Guns of Paradise (1990), TV-movie The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) and the independent film Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (1994), the latter mixing new footage and colorized archival sequences from the original series.
  • 1947
    Age 21
    After World War II ended, O'Brian moved to Los Angeles. He had planned on becoming a lawyer and had been accepted at Yale University in the fall of 1947.
    More Details Hide Details He was dating an actress and attending her rehearsals of the Somerset Maugham's play Home and Beauty when the lead actor failed to show up. Director Ida Lupino asked him to read the lines. He got the part and the play received a tremendous review. An agent offered to sign O'Brian. He changed his name after the show's playbill misspelled his name as "Hugh Krape." “I decided right then I didn't want to go through life being known as Huge Krape, so I decided to take my mother's family name, O'Brien. But they misspelled it as 'O'Brian' and I just decided to stay with that.” Lupino then signed him to Never Fear, a film she was directing, which led O'Brian to a contract with Universal Pictures.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Age 4
    O'Brian moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with his parents around 1930 when he was approximately five-years old.
    More Details Hide Details His father was an executive with the Armstrong Cork Company, which was headquartered in the Pennsylvania city. The Krample family first lived at the Stevens House Hotel before moving to the newly developed School Lane Hills houses on the city's West End. O'Brian attended Lancaster city elementary schools. The Krampes resided in Lancaster for about four years before they moved to Chicago, where his father took another position with Armstrong Cork Company.
  • 1925
    Born
    Born on April 19, 1925.
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