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Born Hugh Charles Krampe on the 19th April 1925 in Rochester, New York State USA, Hugh O’Brian was an award-winning actor and humanitarian, remembered for his roles as Wyatt Earp in the TV series “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” (1955-1961), as Hugh Lombard in the film “Ten Little Indians” (1965), and as Granger in “Twins” (1988), among many other appearances. His career was active from 1948 until 2000. He passed away in 2016.

Have you ever wondered how rich Hugh O’Brian was at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources it has been estimated that O’Brian’s net worth was as high as $10 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry, during which he made more than 100 film and TV appearances.

Hugh O’Brian Net Worth $10 Million

Hugh was the son of Hugh John Krampe and his wife Edith Lillian (née Marks), and was of German, English and Scottish ancestry. Although born in Rochester, he and his family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1930, due to his father’s position at the Armstrong Cork Company. Four years later they moved to Chicago, Illinois, again because of his father’s promotion. He went to New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and then transferred to Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri, where he excelled in football, wrestling, basketball and track. After high school matriculation, Hugh enrolled at the University of Cincinnati, however after only one semester he dropped out of studies and enlisted in the US Marine Corps after World War II started, and soon became the youngest Marine drill instructor at only 17 years old.

Having returned from the Marines, Hugh settled in Los Angeles and enrolled Yale University, studying to become a lawyer. However, at the time he was dating an actress and would often follow her on her classes and rehearsals, which led to Hugh reading lines of the “Home and Beauty” play for director Ida Lupino, after the lead actor didn’t show up. Eventually he became a replacement on stage and the play received rave reviews. The next thing was Hugh being signed by an agent, and changing the name from Hugh Krampe to Hugh O’Brien, his mother’s last name, however it was misspelled and he became Hugh O’Brian.

Ida Lupino then gave him a role in the drama “Never Fear” (1949), which marked the start of his professional career, as he signed a contract with the Universal Pictures. In the early ‘50s Hugh appeared in numerous films, mostly westerns, including “Vengeance Valley” (1951), “The Lawless Breed” (1952), “The Raiders” (1952), and the Golden Globe Award- winning “The Man from the Alamo” (1953), starring Glenn Ford, Julie Adams, and Chill Wills. Two years later, he made his breakthrough with the role of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, in the TV series “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” (1955-1961), which increased his net worth to a large degree. During his stint in the show, Hugh remained active in other endeavors, including a supporting role in the film “The Twinkle in God’s Eye” (1955) starring Mickey Rooney, and the lead role in the film “The Brass Legend” (1956), among several other one-time appearances in TV series, such as “Date with the Angels” (1957). Although he established himself for his roles in western films, from the start of the ‘60s, Hugh differed from his typecast character by appearing in such productions as “Feathertop” (1961), “Come Fly with Me” (1963), “Ten Little Indians” (1965), and “Wild Woman” in 1970.

Throughout the ‘70s he made several notable appearances all of which certainly increased his net worth, including in the thriller “Probe” (1972), then the Academy Award- nominated “The Shootist”, starring John Wayne and Lauren Bacall, “Game of Death” (1978), with the legendary Bruce Lee, among other appearances.

From the end of the ‘70s he started slowly to retreat from the acting scene, but still appeared in several productions such as the sci-fi comedy “Doin’ Time on Planet Earth”, and another comedy “Twins” (1988), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. Before his full-retirement, Hugh featured as Wyatt Earp in several productions, including the TV series “Guns of Paradise” (1989), television films “The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw” (1991), “Wyatt Earp: Returns to Tombstone” (1994), all maintaining his net worth.

Regarding his personal life, he was married to Virginia Barber from 2006 until his death; this was his only marriage – the couple previously dated for 18 years. He has a son, which is a result of his relationship with photographer Adina Etkes. Hugh O’Brian passed away from natural causes at the age of 91 on the 5th September 2016, at his estate in Beverly Hills, California.

Hugh will also be remembered for his philanthropic endeavors; he started the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that focuses on establishing scholarships for disadvantaged high school children.

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Raiders1952Hank Purvis
Yankee Buccaneer1952Opening Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Son of Ali Baba1952Hussein
Sally and Saint Anne1952Danny O'Moyne
Red Ball Express1952Pvt. Wilson
The Battle at Apache Pass1952Lt. Robert Harley
The Cimarron Kid1952Red Buck
Cave of Outlaws1951Garth
On the Loose1951Dr. Phillips
Little Big Horn1951Pvt. Al DeWalt
Fighting Coast Guard1951Tom Peterson
Buckaroo Sheriff of Texas1951Ted Gately
Fireside Theatre1950-1951TV Series
Vengeance Valley1951Dick Fasken
The Return of Jesse James1950Lem Younger
Beyond the Purple Hills1950Jack Beaumont
Rocketship X-M1950Harry Chamberlain / Voice on Loudspeaker
D.O.A.1950Jazz Fan (uncredited)
Never Fear1949Len Randall
Oboler Comedy Theatre1949TV Series
Kidnapped1948Sailor (uncredited)
Call of the Wild2000TV SeriesOlder Miles
Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone1994TV MovieWyatt Earp
L.A. Law1993TV SeriesRaymond Holtz
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw1991TV MovieMarshal Wyatt Earp
Murder, She Wrote1990TV SeriesFred Keppard
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache1990TV MovieGen. Nelson Miles
Guns of Paradise1989TV SeriesWyatt Earp
Twins1988Granger
Doin' Time on Planet Earth1988Richard Camalier
Matt Houston1982TV SeriesThomas 'Buck' McCune
The Love Boat1982TV SeriesGabriel
Fantasy Island1977-1982TV SeriesHeathcliffe / Alan Colshaw / Jason Smith / ...
Bush Doctor1982TV MovieDr. Robert Maxell
The Seekers1979TV Mini-SeriesAndrew Piggot
Greatest Heroes of the Bible1978TV SeriesAbner
Game of Death1978Steiner
Cruise Into Terror1978TV MovieAndy - Captain
Murder at the World Series1977TV MovieThe Governor
Police Story1973-1977TV SeriesErnie Sitko / Sgt. Rick Daley / Vincent LaSorda
Benny and Barney: Las Vegas Undercover1977TV MovieJack Davis
Charlie's Angels1976TV SeriesTony Mann
The Shootist1976Pulford
Good Heavens1976TV Series
Killer Force1976John Lewis
Murder on Flight 5021975TV MovieDetective Daniel Myerson
Search1972-1973TV SeriesHugh Lockwood
Probe1972TV MovieHugh Lockwood
Harpy1971TV MoviePeter Clune
Swing Out, Sweet Land1970TV MovieThomas Jefferson
Wild Women1970TV MovieKillian
Strategy of Terror1969Matt Lacey
A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer1968TV MovieJohnny Aragon
Dial M for Murder1967TV MovieMark Halliday
Africa: Texas Style1967Jim Sinclair
Preview Tonight1966TV SeriesJoseph
Ambush Bay1966Sgt. Steve Corey
Ten Little Indians1965Hugh Lombard
Assassination in Rome1965Dick Sherman
In Harm's Way1965U.S. Army Air Corps Major (Liz Eddington's Lover) (uncredited)
Love Has Many Faces1965Hank Walker
The Red Skelton Hour1965TV SeriesCount Mustache
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964-1965TV SeriesQuinton Morrow / Mig Semple
Kraft Suspense Theatre1965TV SeriesDetective Matt Lacey
Vacation Playhouse1964TV SeriesSam Sharp
The Greatest Show on Earth1963TV SeriesGarve
Kraft Mystery Theater1962-1963TV SeriesMurray Kirk
Come Fly with Me1963First Officer Ray Winsley
Perry Mason1963TV SeriesBruce Jason / Conrad Bucola
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1962TV SeriesChristopher Martin / Christopher Phillips
The Virginian1962TV SeriesPaul Taylor
Alcoa Premiere1962TV SeriesMiles Hadley
Theatre '621962TV Series
The Dick Powell Theatre1961TV SeriesJack Farmer
Feathertop1961TV MovieFeathertop
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp1955-1961TV SeriesWyatt Earp
Play of the Week1961TV Series
Sunday Showcase1961TV SeriesJohn Honeyman
General Electric Theater1960TV SeriesSam Sharp
The Secret World of Eddie Hodges1960TV MovieWyatt Earp
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1959-1960TV SeriesMurray Kirk / Lieutenant Lee Baker
Alias Jesse James1959Wyatt Earp (uncredited)
The Fiend Who Walked the West1958Daniel Slade Hardy
Playhouse 901957-1958TV SeriesJason Merrick / Matt Jeffers
Date with the Angels1957TV SeriesHugh O'Brian
The Christophers1957TV Series
The Ford Television Theatre1957TV SeriesMatty Curran
The Brass Legend1956Sheriff Wade Addams
Matinee Theatre1956TV Series
The Star and the Story1956TV SeriesHank Bartlett
Make Room for Daddy1956TV SeriesHugh O'Brian
Celebrity Playhouse1955TV Series
The Twinkle in God's Eye1955Marty Callahan
Damon Runyon Theater1955TV SeriesPacky
Stage 71955TV SeriesBilly the Kid
The Millionaire1955TV SeriesLuke Fortune
The Loretta Young Show1954-1955TV SeriesLarry Brown / Sam Hendricks / Walter Wallington / ...
Studio 571954-1955TV SeriesGiff Dillard
White Feather1955American Horse
There's No Business Like Show Business1954Charles Gibbs
Broken Lance1954Mike Devereaux
Drums Across the River1954Morgan
Moby Dick1954TV MovieStarbuck
Fireman Save My Child1954Smitty
Saskatchewan1954Carl Smith
Taza, Son of Cochise1954Settler Killed by Indians (voice, uncredited)
Back to God's Country1953Frank Hudson
The Stand at Apache River1953Tom Kenyon
The Man from the Alamo1953Lt. Lamar
Seminole1953Kajeck
The Lawless Breed1953Ike Hanley
Meet Me at the Fair1953Chilton Corr

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ed Sullivan Show1958TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1957TV Series performer - 1 episode
Surprising Suzie1953Short performer: "You", "You're My Dish", "You've Gotta Have Personality"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Shootist: The Legend Lives On2001Video documentary short additional photographs courtesy of
Playgirl1954voice double: Claude Stroud - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Camp Life2017Documentary very special thanks filming

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
National Memorial Day Parade2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Dobe and a Company of Heroes2002TV MovieHimself
The Shootist: The Legend Lives On2001Video documentary shortHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself / Interviewee
Biography1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Vicki!1994TV SeriesHimself - Guest
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 34th Annual Thalians Ball1989TV MovieHimself - Presenter
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Bruce Lee, the Legend1984DocumentaryHimself
The John Davidson Show1982TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Homage for The Duke1979TV Movie documentaryHimself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1972-1977TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Actor
Celebrity Bowling1974-1975TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1970-1973TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Half the George Kirby Comedy Hour1973TV SeriesHimself
Stand Up and Cheer1973TV SeriesHimself
The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters1972TV SeriesHimself
Laugh-In1972TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1971-1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World1971TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Movie Game1971TV SeriesHimself
The Kraft Music Hall1970TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Real Tom Kennedy Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1966-1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Playboy After Dark1970TV SeriesHimself
Name Droppers1970TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHimself
The 41st Annual Academy Awards1969TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Match Game1966-1969TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
Personality1968TV SeriesHimself
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The New Truth and Consequences1967TV SeriesHimself
First Annual All-Star Celebrity Baseball Game1967TV SpecialHimself - Celebrity
What's My Line?1961-1967TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Panelist
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dateline: Hollywood1967TV SeriesHimself
I've Got a Secret1959-1966TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Celebrity Guest
The Bell Telephone Hour1966TV SeriesHimself - Host
Shindig!1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
Password All-Stars1963-1965TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
That Regis Philbin Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Price Is Right1964TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1964TV SeriesHimself - Host
Talent Scouts1963TV SeriesHimself
Stump the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
The 16th Annual Tony Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Here's Hollywood1961-1962TV SeriesHimself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1958-1961TV SeriesHimself - Top of the Bill / Himself
Person to Person1960TV Series documentaryHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960TV SeriesHimself
About Faces1960TV SeriesHimself
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1959TV SeriesHimself
Frances Langford Presents1959TV SeriesHimself
The Juke Box Jury1958TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957-1958TV SeriesHimself
The Big Record1958TV SeriesHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Guest
New American Bandstand 19651957TV SeriesHimself
The Nat King Cole Show1957TV SeriesHimself
The Jackie Gleason Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Ringmaster
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Surprising Suzie1953ShortHimself
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
John Wayne: On Board with the Duke1997Video documentaryHimself
The Great Indian Wars 1840-18901991DocumentaryTrooper (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6613 Hollywood Blvd.
1954Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - MaleThe Man from the Alamo (1953)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1957Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic SeriesThe Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955)


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#Fact
1Handsome, square-jawed and athletically fit, the dark-haired Hugh O'Brian appeared in a string of films and television anthology series in the years before he became a star portraying the real-life most celebrated peace officer and lawman of the Old West - "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," which ran on ABC Television from 1955-1961. Until "The life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" debuted in September 1955, most TV Westerns - "The Lone Ranger," "Hopalong Cassidy," the singing cowboys' series - were aimed at adolescent boys. "Wyatt Earp," on the other hand, was based on a real-life Western hero, and some of it's stories were authentic. The real Earp lived from 1848 to 1929. TV's first adult western, "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" became a top-20-rated television network (ABC) hit series until 1960, but it was canceled the following year after being supplanted by the avalanche of other adult Westerns. Critics quickly praised it making O'Brian a household name. Portraying what the show's theme song described as the "brave, courageous and bold" frontier lawman, O'Brian wore a black frock coat, a gold brocade vest, a string black tie and a flat-brimmed black hat - and he kept the peace with the help of a "Buntline Special"; a .45 revolver with an extra-long barrel. In portraying the sheriff Wyatt Earp, O'Brian at age 30, became known for his quick draw. "I didn't want to force the cinema photographer and the director into having to cut away whenever that happened; I wanted it to be realistic," O'Brian reported in a 2005 "EMMY Archive of American Television" interview. O'Brian spent hundreds of hours practicing the draw, the result of which, he said, "became a very big promotional tool ... and everybody talked about my quick draw." During the series' run, O'Brian separated from Earp. He did it by doing a lot of out-side acting - on anthology television series such as "Playhouse 90" and "Desilu Playhouse." O'Brian continued to work frequently in movies, television and theater through the 1990s, although he never again achieved the prominence he enjoyed as Wyatt Earp. A stint on Broadway, replacing the original star Andy Griffith for Griffith's one week vacation from the musical, (01/04/1960-to-01/10/1960) performing the lead role of "Destry" (at his age of 35) opposite Dolores Gray as "Frenchy" starring in the stage musical comedy "Destry Rides Again" (04/23/1959-06/18/1960; 472 performances). Opening on December 25, 1961 in an extremely short run, closing after 24 performances on January 13, 1962, O'Brian was the lead role performing as "Romain" in the Broadway play "First Love." Decades later, O'Brian showed up as Wyatt Earp in two 1989 television episodes of the TV western "Paradise." He also appeared as Earp in the 1991 Kenny Rogers TV miniseries "The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw." And he starred in "Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone," a 1994 TV movie that included flash-backs to scenes from his original filmed ABC television series. As O'Brian once said of the TV western that made him a star: "It's been a great horse, and she keeps coming around the corral." Among his post-"Wyatt Earp" film credits were "Come Fly With Me," "Africa - Texas Style," "The Shootist" and "Twins." He also starred in the 1972-73 NBC adventure series "Search," did more stage work and made guest appearances on television series such as Irwin Allen's "Fantasy Island" and Aaron Spelling's "The Love Boat".
2O'Brian's most enduring legacy is off-screen. More than 375,000 high school sophomores selected by their schools have gone through his "Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership" organization, which was founded "to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation." The non-profit organization grew out of an invitation to O'Brian from Dr. Albert Schweitzer to visit the medical missionary, a 1952 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, at his famed Africa hospital. O'Brian, at age 33, spent nine days working as a volunteer at the hospital on the banks of the Ogooue River in Gabon during the summer of 1958. For O'Brian, it was a life-changing experience. After dinner each evening, O'Brian and Schweitzer would spend hours talking. As O'Brian was getting ready to depart down river, he later recalled, Schweitzer took his hand and asked, "Hugh, what are you going to do with this?" On his flight back to the United States, O'Brian reflected on Schweitzer's comment that "the most important part of education is teaching young people to think for themselves".
3In what was described as "the wedding to die for," in June 2006, at age 81, O'Brian wed 54-year-old Virginia Barbara for the first time. He and his long-time girlfriend wed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. "I said goodbye, early this Monday morning, (September 5, 2016), to my favorite cowboy," his wife wrote upon his death at 91 years of age, "I was one lucky cowgirl." O'Brian is survived by his wife Virginia, his brother, Don Krampe; and several nieces and nephews.
4Born Hugh Krampe in Rochester, N.Y., on April 19, 1925, Hugh enlisted in the Marine Corps at 18 years of age in 1943 and was assigned as a drill instructor in San Diego. With hopes of becoming a lawyer, O'Brian was scheduled to begin attending Yale University on the G.I. Bill in the fall of 1947. He spent the spring and summer in Los Angeles, working to earn enough money to buy a car to drive east, including working at Schwab's Sunset Strip Drugstore as a ice-cream-soda-bar-jerk, but had an unexpected change of plans when the actress he was dating began rehearsals for the Somerset Maugham play "Home and Beauty" at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. "If I wanted to see her, I had to go to rehearsals," recalling in a 2009 Los Angeles Times interview. When the leading man didn't show up on the second or third night of rehearsals, O'Brian was asked to read the leading man's role. "After about four days, they realized the guy wasn't going to come back ... We did the show and a reporter for the L.A. Times came down to see it and the next day, he wrote a tremendous review... That's how I got started." The show's playbill, however, misspelled his name. "They left the 'm' out of Krampe," O'Brian said in a 2013 L.A.Times interview. "I decided right then I didn't want to go through life being known as 'Hugh 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." A third-billed starring role as a wheelchair-bound paraplegic in the Ida Lupino-directed 1950 movie drama "Never Fear" marked what O'Brian, at age 25, later described as his "real beginning" as an actor. A contract with Universal Studios followed.
5Hugh O'Brian was one of the founders of the Thailans, a show-business charitable organization formed in 1955 to raise money for children with mental health problems. In 1964, he established the "Hugh O'Brian Acting Awards" competition at Westwood's University of California, Los Angeles.
6He was known to be a very private person.
7He was a staunch Republican and conservative.
8Hugh's paternal grandparents, Frederick Krampe and Wilhelmina Oldenburger, were German immigrants. Hugh's maternal grandfather, Leo Marks, was born in Ohio, to German Jewish parents, while Hugh's maternal grandmother, Mary Alice Luker, had deep roots in the United States, going back to the 1600s (she had English and Scottish ancestry).
9Dedicated much of his life working for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), a non-profit development program for high school scholars.
10He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6613 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
11Had appeared with Julie Adams four films: The Lawless Breed (1953), The Man from the Alamo (1953), The Stand at Apache River (1953) and Killer Force (1976).
12He was a guest at the 2012 Memphis Film Festival's "A Gathering of Guns 4: A TV Western Reunion" at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
13He was one of the few actors who has appeared in a Bruce Lee movie (Game of Death (1978)), a John Wayne movie (The Shootist (1976)) and an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie (Twins (1988)).
14Developed a friendship with Marilyn Monroe after the two co-starred in There's No Business Like Show Business (1954).
15Broke into acting by happenstance. Dating an actress in Los Angeles at the time, he visited her at a couple of her rehearsals for a play. The director asked Hugh to step in after the leading man dropped out of the show. An Los Angeles Times reporter saw the production and gave Hugh excellent reviews.
16He became the youngest drill instructor in the Marine Corps, and during his four years of service received a coveted Fleet appointment to the Naval Academy, which he declined. 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 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 also honored him with an award.
17Elected Freshman Class president at Los Angeles City College.
18Had played the last character killed on screen by John Wayne, in The Shootist (1976).
19Hugh O'Brian and teacher Virginia Barber had dated for 18 years before their marriage on June 25, 2006, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. This was his first and only marriage; her second. She was 54; he was 81. The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, officiated, and the couple was serenaded by close friend Debbie Reynolds. Dubbed "A Wedding to Die For", the ceremony concluded with a cocktail reception.
20Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1992.
21Hugh's vast investments over the years have been wise and fruitful with dividends paying well in stocks and bonds, real estate, bowling alleys, a building equipment firm, a theatre-in-the-round, an oil syndicate and his own television production company.
22Once recorded an album of popular songs and sang on the Ed Sullivan, Dinah Shore and Jackie Gleason variety shows.
23Was awarded one of the space community's highest honors with the 1972 Freedom Award for his variety of space-oriented projects, including the Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation seminars at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
24The Hugh O'Brian Acting Awards Competition was developed in 1964 at the University of California, Los Angeles with cash awards going to acting talents.
25He was one of the first celebrities to frontline tours of Vietnam at the request of the State Department, Hugh once staged and directed a company of "Guys and Dolls" which toured Vietnam, Thailand and Japan for the troops.
26Attended the (now defunct) Kemper Military School in Booneville, Missouri.
27Attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, but did not graduate.
28Was once a soda-jerk at Schwab's drug store on Sunset Boulevard.

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1I believe every person is created as the steward of his or her own destiny with great power for a specific purpose: To share with others, through service, a reverence for life in a spirit of love.


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