Mostly Credited As: Hugh O'Brian Birth Name: Hugh Charles Krampe Date Of Birth: April 19, 1923 (Age 90) Country Of Birth: USA Birth Place: Rochester, New York Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Hugh came out of High School and jumped right into the Marine Corps. After his discharge, he began acting in small theaters and a mix of minor TV roles. Director/actress Ida Lupino gave him a push into a contract with Universal Studios to make feature films. He didn't want to be known just for his dashing good looks, which held his career back a bit while Rock Hudson's took off. Instead, Hugh was cast for smaller roles in more mediocre movies. He left Universal to freelance and his career still didn't move along too fast. It was now that he would play his most memorable role as the lead in "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp." It was this vehicle which suddenly made him an 'overnight' success. He would continue to act on Broadway while still playing Wyatt Earp and would also appear in a number of guest roles on TV. But he never would find another success like "Wyatt Earp."
Hugh was once a soda-jerk at the infamous Schwab's drug store on Sunset Boulevard, where stars to be were supposedly discovered. One of the first stars to appear in Vietnam performing for the troops. Was John Wayne's final film victim when he was shot by "the Duke" in "The Shootist." Was a wise investor over his lifetime and has created a number of charities, such as the HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership) given out to High School seniors who show leadership potential as a sophomore.