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Hugh O'Brian (1925–2016)

Hugh O'Brian had the term "beefcake" written about him during his nascent film years in the early 1950s, but he chose to avoid the obvious typecast as he set up his career. O'Brian was born Hugh Charles Krampe in Rochester, New York, to Ohio-born parents Edith Lillian (Marks) and Hugh John Krampe, a United States Marine Corps officer. His paternal ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
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The Shootist
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Ten Little Indians
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 2017 The Forsaken Westerns (TV Series)
Billy The Kid
- Billy and the Bride (2017) ... Billy The Kid
 1993 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Raymond Holtz
- Odor in the Court (1993) ... Raymond Holtz
 1990 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Fred Keppard
- A Body to Die For (1990) ... Fred Keppard
 1990 Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (TV Movie)
Gen. Nelson Miles
 1989 Guns of Paradise (TV Series)
Wyatt Earp
- Home Again (1989) ... Wyatt Earp
 1988 Twins
 1988 Doin' Time on Planet Earth
Richard Camalier
 1982 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Thomas 'Buck' McCune
- The Kidnapping (1982) ... Thomas 'Buck' McCune
 1982 The Love Boat (TV Series)
 1977-1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Heathcliffe / Alan Colshaw / Jason Smith / ...
- House of Dolls/Wuthering Heights (1982) ... Heathcliffe
- Crescendo/Three Feathers (1980) ... Alan Colshaw
- PlayGirl/Smith's Valhalla (1980) ... Jason Smith
- Cowboy/Substitute Wife (1979) ... Brian Kehoe
- Pilot (1977) ... Paul Henley
 1982 Bush Doctor (TV Movie)
Dr. Robert Maxell
 1979 The Seekers (TV Mini-Series)
Andrew Piggot
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Andrew Piggot (credit only)
 1978 Greatest Heroes of the Bible (TV Series)
- David & Goliath (1978) ... Abner
 1978 Cruise Into Terror (TV Movie)
Captain Andrews
 1977 Murder at the World Series (TV Movie)
The Governor
 1973-1977 Police Story (TV Series)
Ernie Sitko / Sgt. Rick Daley / Vincent LaSorda
- Spitfire (1977) ... Ernie Sitko
- Open City (1976) ... Sgt. Rick Daley
- Collision Course (1973) ... Vincent LaSorda
 1977 Benny and Barney: Las Vegas Undercover (TV Movie)
Jack Davis
 1976 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Tony Mann
- Lady Killer (1976) ... Tony Mann
 1976 Good Heavens (TV Series)
 1976 Killer Force
John Lewis
 1975 Murder on Flight 502 (TV Movie)
Detective Daniel Myerson
 1972-1973 Search (TV Series)
Hugh Lockwood
- The Packagers (1973) ... Hugh Lockwood (credit only)
- Ends of the Earth (1973) ... Hugh Lockwood (credit only)
- Moment of Madness (1973) ... Hugh Lockwood (credit only)
- The Mattson Papers (1973) ... Hugh Lockwood (credit only)
 1972 Probe (TV Movie)
Hugh Lockwood
 1971 Harpy (TV Movie)
Peter Clune
 1970 Wild Women (TV Movie)
 1969 Strategy of Terror
Matt Lacey
 1968 A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer (TV Movie)
Johnny Aragon
 1967 Dial M for Murder (TV Movie)
Mark Halliday
 1966 Ambush Bay
Sgt. Steve Corey
 1965 Assassination in Rome
Dick Sherman
 1965 In Harm's Way
U.S. Army Air Corps Major (Liz Eddington's Lover) (uncredited)
 1965 Love Has Many Faces
Hank Walker
 1965 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Count Mustache
- Lookie, Lookie, Here Comes Cookie (1965) ... Count Mustache
 1964-1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Quinton Morrow / Mig Semple
- Exit from a Plane in Flight (1965) ... Quinton Morrow
- Runaway (1964) ... Mig Semple
 1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Detective Matt Lacey
- In Darkness, Waiting: Part 2 (1965) ... Detective Matt Lacey
- In Darkness, Waiting: Part 1 (1965) ... Detective Matt Lacey
 1963 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
- Garve (1963) ... Garve
 1962-1963 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Murray Kirk
- Circle of Evil (1962) ... Murray Kirk
 1963 Come Fly with Me
First Officer Ray Winsley
 1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Bruce Jason
- The Case of the Two-Faced Turn-a-bout (1963) ... Bruce Jason
 1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Christopher Martin / Christopher Phillips
- Ride the Nightmare (1962) ... Christopher Martin / Christopher Phillips
 1962 The Virginian (TV Series)
Paul Taylor
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Miles Hadley
- The Rules of the Game (1962) ... Miles Hadley
 1962 Theatre '62 (TV Series)
- Spellbound (1962)
 1961 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Jack Farmer
- Up Jumped the Devil (1961) ... Jack Farmer
 1961 Feathertop (TV Movie)
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
 1961 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
John Honeyman
- Our American Heritage: The Secret Rebel (1961) ... John Honeyman
 1959-1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Murray Kirk / Lieutenant Lee Baker
- Circle of Evil (1960) ... Murray Kirk
- Chain of Command (1959) ... Lieutenant Lee Baker
 1959 Alias Jesse James
Wyatt Earp (uncredited)
 1958 The Fiend Who Walked the West
Daniel Slade Hardy
 1957-1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Jason Merrick / Matt Jeffers
- Reunion (1958) ... Jason Merrick
- Invitation to a Gunfighter (1957) ... Matt Jeffers
 1957 Date with the Angels (TV Series)
Hugh O'Brian
- Star Struck (1957) ... Hugh O'Brian (as Hugh O'Brien)
 1957 The Christophers (TV Series)
- As You Make It (1957)
 1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Matty Curran
- Ringside Seat (1957) ... Matty Curran
 1956 The Brass Legend
Sheriff Wade Addams
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1956 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
Hank Bartlett
- Arab Duel (1956) ... Hank Bartlett
 1956 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Hugh O'Brian
- Wyatt Earp Visits the Williamses (1956) ... Hugh O'Brian
 1955 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
- A Very Big Man (1955)
 1955 The Twinkle in God's Eye
Marty Callahan
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
- A Light in France (1955) ... Packy
 1955 Stage 7 (TV Series)
Billy the Kid
- Billy and the Bride (1955) ... Billy the Kid (as Hugh O'Brien)
 1955 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Luke Fortune
- The Luke Fortune Story (1955) ... Luke Fortune
 1954-1955 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Larry Brown / Sam Hendricks / Walter Wallington / ...
- Feeling No Pain (1955) ... Larry Brown
- Three Minutes Too Late (1954) ... Sam Hendricks
- Double Trouble (1954) ... Walter Wallington
- Guest in the Night (1954) ... Duke Cole
 1954-1955 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Giff Dillard
- Storm Signal (1954) ... Giff Dillard
 1955 White Feather
American Horse
 1954 Broken Lance
Mike Devereaux
 1954 Drums Across the River
 1954 Moby Dick (TV Movie)
 1954 Fireman Save My Child
 1954 Saskatchewan
Carl Smith
 1954 Taza, Son of Cochise
Settler Killed by Indians (voice, uncredited)
 1953 Back to God's Country
Frank Hudson
 1953 Seminole
 1953 The Lawless Breed
Ike Hanley
 1953 Meet Me at the Fair
Chilton Corr
 1952 The Raiders
Hank Purvis
 1952 Yankee Buccaneer
Opening Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1952 Sally and Saint Anne
Danny O'Moyne
 1952 Red Ball Express
Pvt. Wilson
 1952 The Battle at Apache Pass
Lt. Robert Harley
 1952 The Cimarron Kid
Red Buck
 1951 Cave of Outlaws
 1951 On the Loose
Dr. Phillips
 1951 Little Big Horn
Pvt. Al DeWalt
 1951 Fighting Coast Guard
Tom Peterson
 1951 Buckaroo Sheriff of Texas
Ted Gately
 1950-1951 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- Shifting Sands (1951)
- Going Home (1951)
- Miggles (1950)
 1951 Vengeance Valley
Dick Fasken
 1950 The Return of Jesse James
Lem Younger
 1950 Beyond the Purple Hills
Jack Beaumont
 1950 Rocketship X-M
Harry Chamberlain / Voice on Loudspeaker
 1949 Never Fear
Len Randall
 1949 D.O.A.
Jazz Fan (uncredited)
 1949 Oboler Comedy Theatre (TV Series)
- Dog's Eye View (1949)
 1948 Kidnapped
Sailor (uncredited)
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I 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.


He 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,... See more »

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