Hugh O’Brian Net Worth

Hugh O’Brian Net Worth is
$10 Million

Hugh O’Brian Biography

A global known Actor Hugh O’Brian born about Sunday, April 19, 1925 in an extraordinary city of Rochester, NY. Hugh O’Brian net well worth in 2014-2015 is $5,000,000 while like others Hugh O’Brian also receives a commission by sponsorships, advertisements, endorsement, featuring and so forth. We estimated annual income around $588,235

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Quick Facts

Full NameHugh O'Brian
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthApril 19, 1925
DiedSeptember 5, 2016, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Height1.85 m
SpouseVirginia Barber
ChildrenHugh Krampe Jr.
SiblingsDon Krampe
AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actor

Interesting Facts

1 Handsome, square-jawed and athletically fit, the dark-haired Hugh O'Brian appeared in a string of films and television anthology series in the years before he became a star portraying the real-life most celebrated peace officer and lawman of the Old West - "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," which ran on ABC Television from 1955-1961. Until "The life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" debuted in September 1955, most TV Westerns - "The Lone Ranger," "Hopalong Cassidy," the singing cowboys' series - were aimed at adolescent boys. "Wyatt Earp," on the other hand, was based on a real-life Western hero, and some of it's stories were authentic. The real Earp lived from 1848 to 1929. TV's first adult western, "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" became a top-20-rated television network (ABC) hit series until 1960, but it was canceled the following year after being supplanted by the avalanche of other adult Westerns. Critics quickly praised it making O'Brian a household name. Portraying what the show's theme song described as the "brave, courageous and bold" frontier lawman, O'Brian wore a black frock coat, a gold brocade vest, a string black tie and a flat-brimmed black hat - and he kept the peace with the help of a "Buntline Special"; a .45 revolver with an extra-long barrel. In portraying the sheriff Wyatt Earp, O'Brian at age 30, became known for his quick draw. "I didn't want to force the cinema photographer and the director into having to cut away whenever that happened; I wanted it to be realistic," O'Brian reported in a 2005 "EMMY Archive of American Television" interview. O'Brian spent hundreds of hours practicing the draw, the result of which, he said, "became a very big promotional tool ... and everybody talked about my quick draw." During the series' run, O'Brian separated from Earp. He did it by doing a lot of out-side acting - on anthology television series such as "Playhouse 90" and "Desilu Playhouse." O'Brian continued to work frequently in movies, television and theater through the 1990s, although he never again achieved the prominence he enjoyed as Wyatt Earp. A stint on Broadway, replacing the original star Andy Griffith for Griffith's one week vacation from the musical, (01/04/1960-to-01/10/1960) performing the lead role of "Destry" (at his age of 35) opposite Dolores Gray as "Frenchy" starring in the stage musical comedy "Destry Rides Again" (04/23/1959-06/18/1960; 472 performances). Opening on December 25, 1961 in an extremely short run, closing after 24 performances on January 13, 1962, O'Brian was the lead role performing as "Romain" in the Broadway play "First Love." Decades later, O'Brian showed up as Wyatt Earp in two 1989 television episodes of the TV western "Paradise." He also appeared as Earp in the 1991 Kenny Rogers TV miniseries "The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw." And he starred in "Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone," a 1994 TV movie that included flash-backs to scenes from his original filmed ABC television series. As O'Brian once said of the TV western that made him a star: "It's been a great horse, and she keeps coming around the corral." Among his post-"Wyatt Earp" film credits were "Come Fly With Me," "Africa - Texas Style," "The Shootist" and "Twins." He also starred in the 1972-73 NBC adventure series "Search," did more stage work and made guest appearances on television series such as Irwin Allen's "Fantasy Island" and Aaron Spelling's "The Love Boat".
2 O'Brian's most enduring legacy is off-screen. More than 375,000 high school sophomores selected by their schools have gone through his "Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership" organization, which was founded "to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation." The non-profit organization grew out of an invitation to O'Brian from Dr. Albert Schweitzer to visit the medical missionary, a 1952 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, at his famed Africa hospital. O'Brian, at age 33, spent nine days working as a volunteer at the hospital on the banks of the Ogooue River in Gabon during the summer of 1958. For O'Brian, it was a life-changing experience. After dinner each evening, O'Brian and Schweitzer would spend hours talking. As O'Brian was getting ready to depart down river, he later recalled, Schweitzer took his hand and asked, "Hugh, what are you going to do with this?" On his flight back to the United States, O'Brian reflected on Schweitzer's comment that "the most important part of education is teaching young people to think for themselves".
3 In what was described as "the wedding to die for," in June 2006, at age 81, O'Brian wed 54-year-old Virginia Barbara for the first time. He and his long-time girlfriend wed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. "I said goodbye, early this Monday morning, (September 5, 2016), to my favorite cowboy," his wife wrote upon his death at 91 years of age, "I was one lucky cowgirl." O'Brian is survived by his wife Virginia, his brother, Don Krampe; and several nieces and nephews.
4 Born Hugh Krampe in Rochester, N.Y., on April 19, 1925, Hugh enlisted in the Marine Corps at 18 years of age in 1943 and was assigned as a drill instructor in San Diego. With hopes of becoming a lawyer, O'Brian was scheduled to begin attending Yale University on the G.I. Bill in the fall of 1947. He spent the spring and summer in Los Angeles, working to earn enough money to buy a car to drive east, including working at Schwab's Sunset Strip Drugstore as a ice-cream-soda-bar-jerk, but had an unexpected change of plans when the actress he was dating began rehearsals for the Somerset Maugham play "Home and Beauty" at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. "If I wanted to see her, I had to go to rehearsals," recalling in a 2009 Los Angeles Times interview. When the leading man didn't show up on the second or third night of rehearsals, O'Brian was asked to read the leading man's role. "After about four days, they realized the guy wasn't going to come back ... We did the show and a reporter for the L.A. Times came down to see it and the next day, he wrote a tremendous review... That's how I got started." The show's playbill, however, misspelled his name. "They left the 'm' out of Krampe," O'Brian said in a 2013 L.A.Times interview. "I decided right then I didn't want to go through life being known as 'Hugh Krape,' so I decided to take my mother's family name, 'O'Brien.' But they misspelled it as 'O'Brian' and I just decided to stay with that." A third-billed starring role as a wheelchair-bound paraplegic in the Ida Lupino-directed 1950 movie drama "Never Fear" marked what O'Brian, at age 25, later described as his "real beginning" as an actor. A contract with Universal Studios followed.
5 Hugh O'Brian was one of the founders of the Thailans, a show-business charitable organization formed in 1955 to raise money for children with mental health problems. In 1964, he established the "Hugh O'Brian Acting Awards" competition at Westwood's University of California, Los Angeles.
6 He was known to be a very private person.
7 He was a staunch Republican and conservative.
8 Hugh's paternal grandparents, Frederick Krampe and Wilhelmina Oldenburger, were German immigrants. Hugh's maternal grandfather, Leo Marks, was born in Ohio, to German Jewish parents, while Hugh's maternal grandmother, Mary Alice Luker, had deep roots in the United States, going back to the 1600s (she had English and Scottish ancestry).
9 Dedicated much of his life working for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), a non-profit development program for high school scholars.
10 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6613 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
11 Had appeared with Julie Adams four films: The Lawless Breed (1953), The Man from the Alamo (1953), The Stand at Apache River (1953) and Killer Force (1976).
12 He was a guest at the 2012 Memphis Film Festival's "A Gathering of Guns 4: A TV Western Reunion" at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
13 He was one of the few actors who has appeared in a Bruce Lee movie (Game of Death (1978)), a John Wayne movie (The Shootist (1976)) and an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie (Twins (1988)).
14 Developed a friendship with Marilyn Monroe after the two co-starred in There's No Business Like Show Business (1954).
15 Broke into acting by happenstance. Dating an actress in Los Angeles at the time, he visited her at a couple of her rehearsals for a play. The director asked Hugh to step in after the leading man dropped out of the show. An Los Angeles Times reporter saw the production and gave Hugh excellent reviews.
16 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, highest award of the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, as well as the Globe and Anchor Award from the Marine Corps. In 1976, the Veterans of Foreign Wars also honored him with an award.
17 Elected Freshman Class president at Los Angeles City College.
18 Had played the last character killed on screen by John Wayne, in The Shootist (1976).
19 Hugh O'Brian and teacher Virginia Barber had dated for 18 years before their marriage on June 25, 2006, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. This was his first and only marriage; her second. She was 54; he was 81. The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, officiated, and the couple was serenaded by close friend Debbie Reynolds. Dubbed "A Wedding to Die For", the ceremony concluded with a cocktail reception.
20 Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1992.
21 Hugh's vast investments over the years have been wise and fruitful with dividends paying well in stocks and bonds, real estate, bowling alleys, a building equipment firm, a theatre-in-the-round, an oil syndicate and his own television production company.
22 Once recorded an album of popular songs and sang on the Ed Sullivan, Dinah Shore and Jackie Gleason variety shows.
23 Was awarded one of the space community's highest honors with the 1972 Freedom Award for his variety of space-oriented projects, including the Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation seminars at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
24 The Hugh O'Brian Acting Awards Competition was developed in 1964 at the University of California, Los Angeles with cash awards going to acting talents.
25 He was one of the first celebrities to frontline tours of Vietnam at the request of the State Department, Hugh once staged and directed a company of "Guys and Dolls" which toured Vietnam, Thailand and Japan for the troops.
26 Attended the (now defunct) Kemper Military School in Booneville, Missouri.
27 Attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, but did not graduate.
28 Was once a soda-jerk at Schwab's drug store on Sunset Boulevard.


1 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.


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Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6613 Hollywood Blvd.
1954 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer - Male The Man from the Alamo (1953)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1957 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic Series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955)



The Raiders 1952 Hank Purvis
Yankee Buccaneer 1952 Opening Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Son of Ali Baba 1952 Hussein
Sally and Saint Anne 1952 Danny O'Moyne
Red Ball Express 1952 Pvt. Wilson
The Battle at Apache Pass 1952 Lt. Robert Harley
The Cimarron Kid 1952 Red Buck
Cave of Outlaws 1951 Garth
On the Loose 1951 Dr. Phillips
Little Big Horn 1951 Pvt. Al DeWalt
Fighting Coast Guard 1951 Tom Peterson
Buckaroo Sheriff of Texas 1951 Ted Gately
Fireside Theatre 1950-1951 TV Series
Vengeance Valley 1951 Dick Fasken
The Return of Jesse James 1950 Lem Younger
Beyond the Purple Hills 1950 Jack Beaumont
Rocketship X-M 1950 Harry Chamberlain / Voice on Loudspeaker
D.O.A. 1950 Jazz Fan (uncredited)
Never Fear 1949 Len Randall
Oboler Comedy Theatre 1949 TV Series
Kidnapped 1948 Sailor (uncredited)
Call of the Wild 2000 TV Series Older Miles
Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone 1994 TV Movie Wyatt Earp
L.A. Law 1993 TV Series Raymond Holtz
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw 1991 TV Movie Marshal Wyatt Earp
Murder, She Wrote 1990 TV Series Fred Keppard
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache 1990 TV Movie Gen. Nelson Miles
Guns of Paradise 1989 TV Series Wyatt Earp
Twins 1988 Granger
Doin' Time on Planet Earth 1988 Richard Camalier
Matt Houston 1982 TV Series Thomas 'Buck' McCune
The Love Boat 1982 TV Series Gabriel
Fantasy Island 1977-1982 TV Series Heathcliffe / Alan Colshaw / Jason Smith / ...
Bush Doctor 1982 TV Movie Dr. Robert Maxell
The Seekers 1979 TV Mini-Series Andrew Piggot
Greatest Heroes of the Bible 1978 TV Series Abner
Game of Death 1978 Steiner
Cruise Into Terror 1978 TV Movie Andy - Captain
Murder at the World Series 1977 TV Movie The Governor
Police Story 1973-1977 TV Series Ernie Sitko / Sgt. Rick Daley / Vincent LaSorda
Benny and Barney: Las Vegas Undercover 1977 TV Movie Jack Davis
Charlie's Angels 1976 TV Series Tony Mann
The Shootist 1976 Pulford
Good Heavens 1976 TV Series
Killer Force 1976 John Lewis
Murder on Flight 502 1975 TV Movie Detective Daniel Myerson
Search 1972-1973 TV Series Hugh Lockwood
Probe 1972 TV Movie Hugh Lockwood
Harpy 1971 TV Movie Peter Clune
Swing Out, Sweet Land 1970 TV Movie Thomas Jefferson
Wild Women 1970 TV Movie Killian
Strategy of Terror 1969 Matt Lacey
A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer 1968 TV Movie Johnny Aragon
Dial M for Murder 1967 TV Movie Mark Halliday
Africa: Texas Style 1967 Jim Sinclair
Preview Tonight 1966 TV Series Joseph
Ambush Bay 1966 Sgt. Steve Corey
Ten Little Indians 1965 Hugh Lombard
Assassination in Rome 1965 Dick Sherman
In Harm's Way 1965 U.S. Army Air Corps Major (Liz Eddington's Lover) (uncredited)
Love Has Many Faces 1965 Hank Walker
The Red Skelton Hour 1965 TV Series Count Mustache
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1964-1965 TV Series Quinton Morrow / Mig Semple
Kraft Suspense Theatre 1965 TV Series Detective Matt Lacey
Vacation Playhouse 1964 TV Series Sam Sharp
The Greatest Show on Earth 1963 TV Series Garve
Kraft Mystery Theater 1962-1963 TV Series Murray Kirk
Come Fly with Me 1963 First Officer Ray Winsley
Perry Mason 1963 TV Series Bruce Jason / Conrad Bucola
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1962 TV Series Christopher Martin / Christopher Phillips
The Virginian 1962 TV Series Paul Taylor
Alcoa Premiere 1962 TV Series Miles Hadley
Theatre '62 1962 TV Series
The Dick Powell Theatre 1961 TV Series Jack Farmer
Feathertop 1961 TV Movie Feathertop
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp 1955-1961 TV Series Wyatt Earp
Play of the Week 1961 TV Series
Sunday Showcase 1961 TV Series John Honeyman
General Electric Theater 1960 TV Series Sam Sharp
The Secret World of Eddie Hodges 1960 TV Movie Wyatt Earp
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 1959-1960 TV Series Murray Kirk / Lieutenant Lee Baker
Alias Jesse James 1959 Wyatt Earp (uncredited)
The Fiend Who Walked the West 1958 Daniel Slade Hardy
Playhouse 90 1957-1958 TV Series Jason Merrick / Matt Jeffers
Date with the Angels 1957 TV Series Hugh O'Brian
The Christophers 1957 TV Series
The Ford Television Theatre 1957 TV Series Matty Curran
The Brass Legend 1956 Sheriff Wade Addams
Matinee Theatre 1956 TV Series
The Star and the Story 1956 TV Series Hank Bartlett
Make Room for Daddy 1956 TV Series Hugh O'Brian
Celebrity Playhouse 1955 TV Series
The Twinkle in God's Eye 1955 Marty Callahan
Damon Runyon Theater 1955 TV Series Packy
Stage 7 1955 TV Series Billy the Kid
The Millionaire 1955 TV Series Luke Fortune
The Loretta Young Show 1954-1955 TV Series Larry Brown / Sam Hendricks / Walter Wallington / ...
Studio 57 1954-1955 TV Series Giff Dillard
White Feather 1955 American Horse
There's No Business Like Show Business 1954 Charles Gibbs
Broken Lance 1954 Mike Devereaux
Drums Across the River 1954 Morgan
Moby Dick 1954 TV Movie Starbuck
Fireman Save My Child 1954 Smitty
Saskatchewan 1954 Carl Smith
Taza, Son of Cochise 1954 Settler Killed by Indians (voice, uncredited)
Back to God's Country 1953 Frank Hudson
The Stand at Apache River 1953 Tom Kenyon
The Man from the Alamo 1953 Lt. Lamar
Seminole 1953 Kajeck
The Lawless Breed 1953 Ike Hanley
Meet Me at the Fair 1953 Chilton Corr


The Ed Sullivan Show 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1957 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Surprising Suzie 1953 Short performer: "You", "You're My Dish", "You've Gotta Have Personality"


The Shootist: The Legend Lives On 2001 Video documentary short additional photographs courtesy of
Playgirl 1954 voice double: Claude Stroud - uncredited


A Camp Life 2017 Documentary very special thanks filming


National Memorial Day Parade 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
Dobe and a Company of Heroes 2002 TV Movie Himself
The Shootist: The Legend Lives On 2001 Video documentary short Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Himself / Interviewee
Biography 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Vicki! 1994 TV Series Himself - Guest
One on One with John Tesh 1992 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 34th Annual Thalians Ball 1989 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
Bruce Lee, the Legend 1984 Documentary Himself
The John Davidson Show 1982 TV Series Himself - Guest
Homage for The Duke 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration 1978 TV Special Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1972-1977 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Actor
Celebrity Bowling 1974-1975 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1970-1973 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Half the George Kirby Comedy Hour 1973 TV Series Himself
Stand Up and Cheer 1973 TV Series Himself
The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters 1972 TV Series Himself
Laugh-In 1972 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1972 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1971-1972 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Movie Game 1971 TV Series Himself
The Kraft Music Hall 1970 TV Series Himself - Host
The Real Tom Kennedy Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1966-1970 TV Series Himself - Guest
Playboy After Dark 1970 TV Series Himself
Name Droppers 1970 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Himself - Guest
Allen Ludden's Gallery 1969 TV Series Himself
The 41st Annual Academy Awards 1969 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
The Match Game 1966-1969 TV Series Himself - Team Captain
Personality 1968 TV Series Himself
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The New Truth and Consequences 1967 TV Series Himself
First Annual All-Star Celebrity Baseball Game 1967 TV Special Himself - Celebrity
What's My Line? 1961-1967 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Panelist
The Joey Bishop Show 1967 TV Series Himself - Guest
Dateline: Hollywood 1967 TV Series Himself
I've Got a Secret 1959-1966 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Celebrity Guest
The Bell Telephone Hour 1966 TV Series Himself - Host
Shindig! 1965 TV Series Himself - Guest Host
Password All-Stars 1963-1965 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
That Regis Philbin Show 1965 TV Series Himself
The Price Is Right 1964 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1964 TV Series Himself - Host
Talent Scouts 1963 TV Series Himself
Stump the Stars 1963 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist
The 16th Annual Tony Awards 1962 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Here's Hollywood 1961-1962 TV Series Himself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1958-1961 TV Series Himself - Top of the Bill / Himself
Person to Person 1960 TV Series documentary Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1960 TV Series Himself
About Faces 1960 TV Series Himself
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 1959 TV Series Himself
Frances Langford Presents 1959 TV Series Himself
The Juke Box Jury 1958 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957-1958 TV Series Himself
The Big Record 1958 TV Series Himself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Guest
New American Bandstand 1965 1957 TV Series Himself
The Nat King Cole Show 1957 TV Series Himself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Guest Host / Ringmaster
The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
Surprising Suzie 1953 Short Himself
The 25th Annual Academy Awards 1953 TV Special Himself - Audience Member

Archive Footage

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
John Wayne: On Board with the Duke 1997 Video documentary Himself
The Great Indian Wars 1840-1890 1991 Documentary Trooper (uncredited)

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