Hugh O'Brian

Hugh O'Brian

Highest Rated: 100% Man from the Alamo (1953)

Lowest Rated: 42% In Harm's Way (1965)

Birthday: Apr 19, 1923

Birthplace: Not Available

American actor Hugh O'Brian accrued his interest in acting while dancing with movie starlets at the Hollywood Canteen during his wartime Marine days. O'Brian attended the University of Cincinnati briefly, and later supported himself selling menswear door-to-door. He made his first film, Never Fear, in 1950, working but sporadically during the next five years; what few acting parts he received were on the basis of his broad shoulders and six-foot height. In one film, Fireman Save My Child (1954), O'Brian was cast because he and costar Buddy Hackett physically matched the previously filmed long shots of Fireman's original stars, Abbott and Costello. Answering a cattle-call tryout for the new ABC TV western Wyatt Earp in 1955, O'Brian was almost instantly chosen for the leading role by author Stuart Lake, who'd known the real Wyatt and had been his biographer for many years (reportedly Earp's widow also okayed O'Brien after a single glance). O'Brian became a major TV star thanks to Wyatt Earp, which ran for 249 episodes until 1961. The series was not only tough on the actor but on his fans; reportedly there was a sharp increase in gun accidents during Wyatt Earp's run, due to young would-be Earps who were trying to emulate Wyatt's fast draw (this despite the fact that the TV Earp, like the real one, used his firearms only when absolutely necessary). Like most western TV stars, O'Brian swore he was through with shoot-em-ups when Earp ceased production, and throughout the '60s he worked in almost every type of film and theatrical genre but westerns. He showed considerable skill in the realm of musical comedy, and became a top draw in the summer-stock and dinner theatre circuit. In 1972, O'Brian starred in the computer-happy secret-agent TV series Search, which lasted only a single season. As he became the focus of hero worship from grown-up Baby Boomers, O'Brian relaxed his resistance toward Wyatt Earp and began showing up on live and televised western retrospectives. The actor reprised the Earp role in two 1989 episodes of the latter-day TV western Paradise, opposite Gene Barry in his old TV role of Bat Masterson. He was Earp again in the 1991 TV movie The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, in which he managed to shine in the company of several other cowboy-show veterans (including Barry, again) and was permitted to walk into the sunset as an offscreen chorus warbled the Wyatt Earp theme music! Hugh O'Brian's most recent turn at Ol' Wyatt was in a hastily assembled CBS movie mostly comprised of clips from the old Earp series, and released to capitalize on Kevin Costner's big-budget Wyatt Earp film of 1994. O'Brian died in 2016, at age 91.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp - From Ellsworth to Tombstone Actor 2005
No Score Yet Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone Wyatt Earp 1994
73% Tombstone Actor 1993
No Score Yet The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw Wyatt Earp 1991
No Score Yet Gunsmoke: The Last Apache Actor 1990
44% Twins Granger 1988
No Score Yet Doin' Time on Planet Earth Richard Camalier 1988
No Score Yet Bush Doctor Actor 1981
67% Game of Death Steiner 1978
No Score Yet Cruise into Terror Actor 1978
No Score Yet Fantasy Island Paul Henley 1977
90% The Shootist Pulford 1976
No Score Yet Killer Force (The Diamond Mercenaries) Lewis 1976
No Score Yet Murder on Flight 502 Detective Daniel Myerson 1975
No Score Yet Goodbye Bruce Lee: His Last Game of Death Steiner 1975
No Score Yet Probe Hugh Lockwood 1972
No Score Yet Wild Women Actor 1970
No Score Yet Africa---Texas Style! Jim Sinclair 1967
No Score Yet Ambush Bay 1st Sgt. Steve Corey 1966
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians (And Then There Were None) Hugh Lombard 1965
42% In Harm's Way Air Force Major 1965
No Score Yet Love Has Many Faces Hank Walker 1965
No Score Yet Assassination in Rome Actor 1965
No Score Yet Come Fly with Me 1st Officer Ray Winsley 1963
No Score Yet Alias Jesse James Wyatt Earp 1959
No Score Yet The Fiend Who Walked the West Daniel Slade Hardy 1958
No Score Yet White Feather American Horse 1955
67% There's No Business Like Show Business Charles Gibbs 1954
89% Broken Lance Mike Devereaux 1954
No Score Yet Drums Across the River Morgan 1954
No Score Yet Saskatchewan Carl Smith 1954
No Score Yet Seminole Kajeck 1953
No Score Yet The Lawless Breed Ike Hanley 1953
100% Man from the Alamo Lt. Lamar 1953
No Score Yet The Stand at Apache River Tom Kenyon 1953
No Score Yet Red Ball Express Pvt. Wilson 1952
No Score Yet The Battle at Apache Pass Lt. Harley 1952
No Score Yet The Cimarron Kid Red Buck 1952
No Score Yet Son of Ali Baba Hussein 1952
100% Meet Me at the Fair Chilton Corr 1952
No Score Yet Cave of Outlaws Garth 1951
No Score Yet On the Loose Dr. Phillips 1951
No Score Yet Little Big Horn Pvt. Al DeWalt 1951
100% Vengeance Valley Dick Fasken 1951
No Score Yet The Return of Jesse James Lem 1950
No Score Yet Rocketship X-M Harry Chamberlin 1950
No Score Yet Beyond the Purple Hills Jack Beaumont 1950
No Score Yet Young Lovers Len Randall 1950
No Score Yet The Young Lovers Actor 1949


No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
Tony Mann 1976
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Bruce Jason 1963


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