Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Remembering Hugh O'Brian 1925 - 2016
Actor Hugh O'Brian, who died Monday at age 91, was best known for his role as frontier marshal Wyatt Earp in the 1955-61 ABC series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, and the 1994 independent film, Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone. In 1957, he received an Emmy nomination for Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic Series. He also starred in the 1972-73 NBC series, Search.
O'Brian won a Golden Globe as the Most Promising Male Newcomer for his performance in the 1953 movie, The Man from the Alamo. His other film credits include There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), Come Fly with Me (1963), Love Has Many Faces (1965), Ten Little Indians (1965), The Shootist (1976) - in which he was the last man killed by John Wayne in a film - Game of Death (1978) and Twins (1988).
He also appeared twice on Broadway, replacing a vacationing Andy Griffith in 1960 in the musical, Destry Rides Again, and starring in the 1961 play, First Love. And in 1958, he founded the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), a non-profit youth leadership development program for high school scholars.
Below you can watch Hugh O'Brian in the first episode of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp and as the Mystery Guest on What's My Line? in 1961 and 1966.