Hugh O’Brian who rose to fame as Sheriff Wyatt Earp in television’s first adult Western dies at 91.
A representative of the legendary Western actor said that he died at his home in Beverly Hills on Monday morning.
In 1947, when he first appeared in Hollywood, Mr. O’Brian was a tall,charming, masculine actor with the look that could be suitable for Marine Corps. It was not stardom in his mind. He had plans to return to college and attend law school.
He escorted an actress to a play and ended up becoming part of it by filling in for the role of an actor who had fallen sick.
The actress Ida Lupino, then began her career as a director and casted him in her “Never Fear” 1949 feature film, which was soon followed up by a contract with the Universal-International pictures.
He has acted in many films such as- Beyond the Purple Hills, The Cimarron Kid, Seminole, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,which ran on ABC from the year 1955 to 1961. This was one of the most popular TV westerns that genre dominated in prime time.
He also played in, The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, Tombstone, Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone, the huge budget feature Wyatt Earp.
He even appeared on series like The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Charlie’s Angels, Fantasy Island and Murder, She Wrote. In 1972 he was one of the outstanding leads in NBC’s short series Search, that was also starred by Tony Franciosa and Doug McClure.
Most of O’Brian’s movies were westerns and actions, though he also he acted in comedies, musicals and dramas as well such as There’s No Business Like Show Business, Come Fly With Me, Destry Rides Again, First Love, and Twins. His legendary role was in The Shootist, the last film by actor/director John Wayne.