Hugh O'Brian made a career of playing ruggedly serious heroic types, most notably as the stalwart lawman in the western saga "The Life and Times of Wyatt Earp," which aired on ABC from 1955 to 1961. But that didn’t dampen his sense of humor. When the former Marine drill instructor finally married his longtime girlfriend, the former Virginia Barber, in 2006, the two tied the knot at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale in what was described as "the wedding to die for."
Sources differ about O’Brian’s true age, but his career credentials and philanthropic work aren’t in question.
O'Brian started in the movies in 1949’s "Never Fear," directed by Ida Lupino. Signed to Universal and Fox, he appeared in such films as "Red Ball Express" and "Broken Lance" before becoming Earp. He was also featured in such films as "Love Has Many Faces" and "Twins" and did guest spots in numerous TV series, including "Perry Mason" and "Murder, She Wrote."
In 1958, he founded Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), a nonprofit youth development program, after spending time with Albert Schweitzer in Africa.
O'Brian died at his home in Beverly Hills on Sept. 5, 2016. He was 91.