Hugh O’Brian, 1925-2016


Hugh O’Brian, the star of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, passed away Monday.

Hugh O’Brian, who starred in the long-running series “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” died Monday. He was 91.

ABC Western “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” in which the exceedingly handsome, muscular O’Brian starred as the title character, ran for 221 episodes from 1955-61. At the time he was one of television’s great male sex symbols.

He spent a semester at the University of Cincinnati but during World War II he dropped out to enlist in the Marine Corps — where his father had been an officer. At 17 he became the youngest Marine drill instructor.

While I have not seen the series, my uncle raved about it, as well as O’Brian’s portrayal of Wyatt Earp. By all accounts O’Brian was decent man and a great humanitarian. Godspeed, sir.


8 thoughts on “Hugh O’Brian, 1925-2016

  1. I remember my dad watching that show faithfully. And, O’Brien was very good looking according to my mother, if you go for the tall, dark and handsome type. Evidently he was a stand up guy. RIP, Mr. O’Brien.


  2. You have not seen the series??? This was one of the gold standards of Westerns back in the day. You need to remedy that situation, Wyatt. As a lad, I remember sending away for and building a full scale plastic model of Wyatt Earp’s long barreled Buntline Special. Thems were the days!


  3. I remember watching it in the late fifties. It kept us yard apes glued to the screen. And I remember my brother putting a stick in his cap pistol to make a Buntline Special. That would get parents arrested these days.


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