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Hugh O'Brian

Mostly Credited As: Hugh O'Brian
Birth Name: Hugh Charles Krampe
Date Of Birth: April 19, 1923 (Age 91)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Rochester, New York
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Hugh O'Brian


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."

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
Dobe and a Company of Heroes (2002)As: Himself
Search (1972)As: Hugh Lockwood
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955)As: Marshal Wyatt Earp
Episode Cast Credits 

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  Rock Hudson 03x27: (Jul/11/1999) As Himself 

L.A. Law (1986) 
  Odor in the Court 07x09: (Jan/07/1993) As Raymond Holtz 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  A Body to Die For 07x06: (Nov/11/1990) As Fred Keppard 

Paradise (1988) 
  Home Again 02x03: (Sep/16/1989) As Unknown 
  A Gathering of Guns (2) 02x02: (Sep/10/1989) As Unknown 
  A Gathering of Guns (1) 02x01: (Sep/10/1989) As Wyatt Earp (recurring) 

Matt Houston (1982) 
  The Kidnapping 01x09: (Nov/28/1982) As Frank McCuen 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  April in Boston/Saving Grace/Breaks of Life 05x29: (May/01/1982) As Gabriel 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  House of Dolls/Wuthering Heights 05x11: (Jan/09/1982) As Heathcliffe 
  Crescendo/Three Feathers 04x08: (Dec/20/1980) As Alan Colshaw 
  Playgirl/Smith's Valhalla 03x17: (Jan/26/1980) As Jason Smith 
  Cowboy/Substitute Wife 02x15: (Jan/20/1979) As Brian Kehoe 

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  Spitfire 04x13: (Jan/11/1977) As Ernie Sitko 
  Open City 03x22: (Mar/12/1976) As Rick Daley 
  Collision Course 01x06: (Nov/20/1973) As Vincent LaSorda 

Charlie's Angels (1976) (1976) 
  Lady Killer 01x08: (Nov/24/1976) As Tony Mann 

Good Heavens (1976) 
  A Night With Brockton 01x07: (May/22/1976) As John Brockton 

Search (1972) 
  Suffer My Child 01x22: (Mar/28/1973) As Hugh Lockwood, [Starring Roles]
  Countdown to Panic 01x16: (Feb/07/1973) As Hugh Lockwood, [Starring Roles]
  The Gold Machine 01x11: (Dec/20/1972) As Hugh Lockwood, [Starring Roles]
  Flight to Nowhere 01x10: (Nov/22/1972) As Hugh Lockwood, [Starring Roles]

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #122 06x06: (Oct/16/1972) As Himself 

The Dean Martin Show (1965) 
  Hugh O'Brian, Anne Murray, Monte Hall 08x05: (Oct/12/1972) As Himself 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  720501 10x31: (May/01/1972) As Himself 
  720317 10x23: (Mar/17/1972) As Himself 
  July 5, 1971 09x56: (Jul/05/1971) As Himself 

The Real Tom Kennedy Show (1970) 
  Sept. 16, 1970 01x01: (Sep/16/1970) As Himself 

Playboy After Dark (1968) 
  March 31, 1970 02x27: (Mar/31/1970) As Himself 
  Scoey Mitchell; Sweetwater; Bill Cosby; Bill Medley; Hugh O'Brian 02x02: (Oct/23/1969) As Himself 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer 18x02: (Nov/20/1968) As Johnny Aragon 
  Moby Dick 03x31: (May/16/1954) As Starbuck 

Personality (1967) 
  Nov. 18, 1968 01x02: (Nov/18/1968) As Himself 

The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show (1968) 
  Barbara Feldon / Hugh O'Brian / The Pierce Sisters 01x04: (Oct/06/1968) As Himself 

Preview Tonight (1966) 
  Great Bible Adventures: Seven Rich Years and Seven Lean 01x05: (Sep/11/1966) As Joseph 

The Bell Telephone Hour (1959) 
  The Music Of The West 08x08: (Jan/02/1966) As Host 

Shindig (1964) 
  Hugh O'Brian (guest host); Lovin' Spoonful; Peter and Gordon 02x10: (Oct/16/1965) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]

The Red Skelton Show (1951) 
  Hugh O'Brian / Piccola Pupa 14x25: (Feb/23/1965) As Himself 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  Exit from a Plane Flight 02x14: (Jan/22/1965) As Quinton Morrow 
  Runaway 01x14: (Jan/10/1964) As Mig Semple, [Starring Roles]

Password (1961) 
  (PT) EPISODE #151 04x17: (Jan/21/1965) As Himself 
  (PT) EPISODE #123 03x38: (Jun/11/1964) As Himself 
  (PT) EPISODE #108 03x23: (Feb/27/1964) As Himself 
  (PT) EPISODE #90 03x05: (Oct/23/1963) As Himself 

Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) 
  In Darkness, Waiting (2) 02x13: (Jan/21/1965) As Detective Matt Lacey 
  In Darkness, Waiting (1) 02x12: (Jan/14/1965) As Detective Matt Lacey 

Vacation Playhouse (1963) 
  The Graduation Dress 02x08: (Aug/10/1964) As Sam Sharp 

The Hollywood Palace (1964) 
  Host: Hugh O'Brian 01x03: (Jan/18/1964) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]

The Greatest Show on Earth (1963) 
  Garve 01x05: (Oct/15/1963) As Garve 

Kraft Mystery Theatre (1961) 
  The Rules of the Game 03x03: (Jul/03/1963) As .. 

Talent Scouts (1962) 
  July 2, 1963 01x01: (Jul/02/1963) As Himself 

Perry Mason (1957) 
  The Case of the Two-Faced Turnabout 06x18: (Feb/14/1963) As Bruce Jason 

Pantomime Quiz (1949) 
  Hugh O'Brian vs. Dolores Gray 01x02: (Feb/11/1963) As Himself (Guest Panelist) 

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) 
  Ride the Nightmare 01x11: (Nov/29/1962) As Christopher Martin 

The Virginian (1962) 
  The Executioners 01x01: (Sep/19/1962) As Paul Taylor 

Alcoa Premiere (1961) 
  Rules of the Game 01x25: (May/01/1962) As Miles Hadley 

I've Got A Secret (1952) (1952) 
  Jan. 22, 1962 11x01: (Jan/22/1962) As Himself 

The Dick Powell Show (1961) 
  Up Jumped The Devil 01x10: (Nov/28/1961) As Jack Farmer 

The Play of the Week (1959) 
  The Wingless Victory 02x29: (Apr/17/1961) As Unknown 

Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium (1955) 
  February 26 1961 06x01: (Feb/26/1961) As Himself (Top Of The Bill) 

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  The Graduation Dress 09x07: (Oct/30/1960) As Sam Sharp 

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958) 
  Circle of Evil 02x15: (Mar/18/1960) As Murray Kirk 
  The Desilu Revue 02x12: (Dec/25/1959) As Himself 
  Chain of Command 01x21: (Mar/23/1959) As Lieutenant Lee Baker 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Carol Haney, Alan King, Jack E. Leonard, Hugh O'Brian, Della Reese 11x37: (Jun/08/1958) As Himself 
  Cecil B. DeMille, Robert Wagner 10x22: (Feb/17/1957) As Himself 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  Reunion 02x17: (Jan/02/1958) As Jason Merrick 
  Invitation to a Gunfighter 01x23: (Mar/07/1957) As Matt Jeffers 

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956) 
  Season 2, Episode 8 02x08: (Dec/15/1957) As Himself 
  Season 1, Episode 8 01x08: (Apr/19/1957) As Himself 

Date with the Angels (1957) 
  Star Struck 02x07: (Oct/25/1957) As Himself 

The Nat King Cole Show (1956) 
  Season 3, Show 6 03x06: (Oct/22/1957) As Himself 

Matinee Theater (1955) 
  Tall, Dark Stranger 01x85: (Feb/28/1956) As guest star 

The Star and the Story (1955) 
  Arab Duel 02x09: (Feb/18/1956) As Hank Bartlett 

Make Room for Daddy (1953) 
  Wyatt Earp Visits the Williamses 03x21: (Feb/14/1956) As Himself/Wyatt Earp 

Celebrity Playhouse (1955) 
  A Very Big Man 01x05: (Oct/25/1955) As Unknown 

Damon Runyon Theater (1955) 
  A Light in France 01x16: (Jul/30/1955) As Packy 

Stage 7 (1955) 
  Billy and the Bride 01x15: (May/08/1955) As Billy the Kid 

The Millionaire (1955) 
  Millionaire Luke Fortune 01x15: (Apr/27/1955) As Luke Fortune 

The Loretta Young Show (1953) 
  Feeling No Pain 02x33: (Apr/17/1955) As Larry Brown 
  Three Minutes Too Late 02x17: (Dec/26/1954) As Sam Hendricks 
  Double Trouble 02x03: (Sep/12/1954) As Walter Wallington 
  Guest in the Night 02x01: (Aug/29/1954) As Duke Cole 

Studio 57 (1954) 
  The Engagement Ring 01x22: (Feb/15/1955) As Unknown 
  Storm Signal 01x11: (Nov/30/1954) As Giff Dillard 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 11th Annual Golden Globe Awards 11x01: (Jan/22/1954) As Winner: New Star Of The Year - Actor 

Fireside Theatre (1949) 
  The Eleventh Hour 03x30: (Mar/20/1951) As Unknown 
  Shifting Sands 03x29: (Mar/13/1951) As Unknown 
  Going Home 03x26: (Feb/20/1951) As Unknown 
  Miggles 03x17: (Dec/19/1950) As Unknown 
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Trivia

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.

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