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Though actor Hugh O'Brian has appeared in a hundreds
of television shows and movies through the decades, there is one role
with which he is immediately identified: that of frontier lawman Wyatt
Earp. O'Brian played the lead role in the "Life and Legend
of Wyatt Earp," a top-rated series aired on ABC television from
1955-61, catapulting him to stardom.
The Early Years
But becoming a star was not always his ambition. He almost became a
Born April 19, 1925 in Rochester, New York (as Hugh J. Krampe), O'Brian
attended school at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and Kemper
Military School in Booneville, Missouri. In high school, his sports activities
were divided among football, basketball, wrestling and track, with O'Brian
winning letters in all four sports. After a semester at the University
of Cincinnati with studies charted toward a law career, O' Brian, at
17, enlisted in the Marine Corps. He became the youngest drill instructor
in the Corps' history, and during his four year service won a coveted
Fleet appointment to The Naval Academy. After passing the entrance exams,
he declined the appointment, intending to enroll at Yale to study law.
After serving four years, and receiving his honorable discharge from
the Marine Corps, O' Brian went to Los Angeles where he planned to earn
money for his Yale tuition. There he met Hollywood movie stars Ruth Roman
and Linda Christian, who introduced him to a little theater group. When
a leading man became ill, O' Brian substituted. Originally, he felt the
acting experience might be helpful in his legal career; however, he got
such good reviews in Somerset Maugham's play "Home and Beauty" that
he decided to enroll at UCLA and continue his theater appearances as
an avocation while continuing his quest for a college education. About
a year later, Ida Lupino saw one of his performances and signed him to
play his first starring role in the film "Young Lovers" which
Lupino directed. This brought him a contract with Universal Studios.
During his first year under contract, he enrolled at Los Angeles City
College and managed to amass 17 college credits in addition to making
five pictures at Universal.
O' Brian left Universal after three years to guest star in numerous
television shows and in such films as "Broken Lance" and "No
Business Like Show Business." His "big break" came when
he was chosen to portray the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp on television.
Shortly after the series debuted in 1955 as the "first adult western," it
became the top-rated show on television, and O' Brian became a much-discussed
talent. During its seven-year run, "Wyatt Earp" always placed
in the top 10 television shows in the nation. In 1972-73, he starred
in the action series, "Search."
O'Brian starred on Broadway in "Destry Rides Again," "First
Love," and in the Broadway revival of "Guys and Dolls." He
also starred in the national company of "Cactus Flower," "The
Odd Couple," "The Tender Trap," "A Thousand Clowns," and "Plaza
Suite." He has been a guest on numerous television and radio shows
including the Today Show, the Larry King and Jim Bohanan Shows, Charlie
Rose's Nightwatch and The Pat Sajak Show. Recent credits include "The
Shootist," "Killer Force," "Game of Death," "Twins," and
numerous appearances on "Fantasy Island," "Love Boat," the
T.V. series "Paradise," "Gunsmoke II," "Murder,
She Wrote," "L.A. Law," and a Kenny Rogers Gambler IV
movie, "The Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns," and “Wyatt
Earp: Return to Tombstone” – a made-for-TV feature movie.
In 1972, O'Brian was awarded one of the nation's highest honors, the
Freedom Through Knowledge Award, sponsored by the National Space Club
in association with NASA. In 1973, he was honored by the American Academy
of Achievement. In 1974, he was awarded the George Washington Honor Medal,
highest award of the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, as well as the
Globe and Anchor Award from the Marine Corps. In 1976, the Veterans of
Foreign Wars honored him with an award. He is the recipient of the AMVETS
Silver Helmet Award, and in 1983, the National Society of Fund Raising
Executives honored him with their premier award for overall philanthropic
excellence as a volunteer, fundraiser and philanthropist. This is the
only time one individual has received the award in all three categories.
Notre Dame honored him with the first "Pat O' Brian Memorial Award" in
1984. That same year, The Family Counseling Service honored O' Brian
with its first National Family of Man Award.
In 1989, he received the 60th Annual American Education Award presented
by the American Association of School Administrators. This award is the
oldest and most prestigious award that the education profession bestows.
O'Brian joins Norman Rockwell, Lyndon Johnson, Helen Keller, Walt Disney,
and Bob Hope as a recipient of this most significant award. On June 2,
1990, the Los Angeles Business Council awarded O'Brian its 6th Lifetime
Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding achievement, working
within the framework of the American Free Enterprise System. In 1992,
O' Brian was inducted into the Great Western Performers Hall of Fame,
and in 1993, O' Brian was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from
the Franklin Mint. In 1994, O'Brian was awarded the Freedoms Foundation's
Private Enterprise Exemplar medal, in 1995 the American Celtic Globe
Humanitarian Award from the Ireland Chamber of Commerce, in 1995 the
Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA, Int.) Vision Award, and in 1997 the KNX Newsradio
Man of the Year Award and the Central City Association of Los Angeles'
Treasures of Los Angeles Award.
O'Brian has been awarded honorary degrees by several prestigious institutions
of higher learning. He has received honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters
from Saint Mary of the Plains College in Kansas, Lebanon Valley College
in Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania and
Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont, as well as an honorary Doctor
of Laws degree from Saint John' s University in New York. In the summer
of 1987, O' Brian was presented with an honorary Doctor of Public Services
degree from the University of Denver. Each university honored O' Brian
for the outstanding work he has undertaken on behalf of youth throughout
America and the world.
In 2002, O’Brian received the coveted Humanitarian Award from
Lions Clubs International, presented to him during ceremonies in Osaka,
Japan. The award, which recognized his devotion to youth programs, carried
a $200,000 prize, which O’Brian donated to his organization.
The National Social Studies Association presented O’Brian its
Spirit of America award in 2003 recognizing his career and his influence
on leadership and history among students.
O'Brian lives in a hilltop home overlooking Beverly Hills. Diverse as
ever, his sports activities include sailing, scuba diving, swimming,
tennis and long-distance bicycling.
To contact Hugh O’Brian, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 310-474-4370 or 310-888-8844, fax 310-888-8845.