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Hugh O'Brian - Actor, Humanitarian

Updated on January 27, 2015

Hugh O'Brian - Star - Humanitarian

As a kid growing up in the 50s, Hugh O'Brian (Wyatt Earp) was one of my favorites. I loved the westerns, the songs (I am amaze that I still know a lot of the words to the theme song) and what was not to like about Hugh O' handsome!

Born Hugh Charles Krampe in Rochester, New York. At the age of 17, he followed in his father's foot steps (Marine Captain) and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942. He became the youngest drill instructor to have ever served in the Marine Corps, still only 17. After World War II, O'Brian attended UCLA where he participate in the drama department. He was discovered on stage by Ida Lupino who gave him his first break in a movie she was directing, Never Fear.

Hugh O'Brian spent many years playing Wyatt Earp...over 230 (1955-61) some episodes.

In 1958, O'Brian spent nine inspirational days with the great humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer at his clinic in Africa. Dr. Schweitzer's strong belief that "the most important thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves" impressed O'Brian. Upon his return to the United States, he put Schweitzer' s words into action by forming the Hugh O' Brian Youth Foundation (HOBY). (credit

The Life and Times of Wyatt Earp

"I'll tell you a story a real true life story

A tale of the Western frontier.

The West, it was lawless,

but one man was flawless

and his is the story you'll hear.

Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp,

Brave courageous and bold.

Long live his fame and long life his glory

and long may his story be told.

Well he cleaned up the country

The old wild west country

He made law and order prevail.

And none can deny it

The legend of Wyatt

Forever will live on the trail..."

Hugh O'brian Youth Leadershop


Hugh O'Brian has dedicated much of his life to the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY). HOBY is a non-profit youth leadership development program that empowers 10,000 sophomores annually through its over 70 leadership programs in all 50 states and 20 countries. Since its inception in 1958, over 355,000 young people have been inspired by HOBY.

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Filmography of Hugh O'brian

Africa - Texas Style!, Paramount, 1967, d. Andrew Marton

Ambush Bay, Paramount, 1966, d. Ron Winston

Back to God's Country, 1953, Universal, d. Joseph Pevney

Baffle at Apache Pass, 1952, Universal

Beyond the Purple Hills, Columbia, 1950

The Brass Legend, 1956, d. Gerd Oswald

Broken Lance, 1954, d. Edward Dmytryk

Buckaroo Sheriff of Texas

Cave of the Outlaws, 1951, Universal

The Cimmaron Kid, 1951, Universal, d. Budd Boetticher

Come Fly with Me, 1963, d. Henry Levin

The Daltons, 1952, Universal

Doing Time on Planet Earth

Drums Across the River, 1954, Universal, d. Nathan Juran

Fiend Who Walked the West, 1958m d. Gordon Douglas

Hugh O'Brian Weds

JUNE 26, 2006

"Wyatt Earp" star Hugh O'Brian, 81, has married for the first time in what the couple described as "a wedding to die for." The weekend ceremony was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif.

"This is my first, and most definitely, my last trip down the aisle," O'Brian said in a statement announcing his marriage Sunday afternoon to his girlfriend of 18 years, teacher Virginia Barber, 54.

It was the bride's second marriage.

O'Brian Weds

Interview with Hugh Regarding Hoby

Vermont Hoby

Please take a moment and read what some of our ambassadors from the 2009 program had to say about HOBY.

-I think that it has inspired me to give back to my community. I really want to begin volunteering for the people of my town. HOBY allowed me to voice my opinion and have respect; which has given me confidence to say what I feel is rightI think that it has inspired me to give back to my community. I really want to begin volunteering for the people of my town. HOBY allowed me to voice my opinion and have respect; which has given me confidence to say what I feel is right.

-HOBY to me is beyond words, it is/was one of the most changing and influential experiences in my life. I found that when I went back to school I was a much more confident person and I could show the true leader that I have been all along. Thank you!.

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      [in reply to Margo_Arrowsmith] Darn, I known what you mean. We all get old though. You got me though, I didn't see that segment of Charlie's Angels. Thanks for stopping by.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      I loved Wyatt Earp as a kid. He made us think this villian was a hero.

      Remember when he played Hugh Hefner on Charlie's Angels?

      I really wish you hadn't shown the recent picture though.