On June 25, 2006, O'Brian married for the first time at age 81; his wife is the former
Virginia Barber (born ca. 1952). The ceremony was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park
with the Reverend Robert Schuller, pastor of the former Crystal Cathedral in Garden
Grove, California, officiating. The couple was serenaded by close friend Debbie Reynolds.
Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation
Hugh O'Brian has dedicated much of his life to the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership
(HOBY), a non-profit youth leadership development program for high school scholars.
HOBY sponsors 10,000 high school sophomores annually through its over 70 leadership
programs in all 50 states and 20 countries. Since its inception in 1958, over 400,000
young people have participated in HOBY-related programs.
One high school sophomore from every high school in the United States, referred to as an
"ambassador," is welcome to attend a state or regional HOBY seminar. From each of those
seminars, students (number based on population) are offered the opportunity to attend the
World Leadership Congress (WLC). In 2008, over 500 ambassadors attended from all 50
states and 20 countries.
The concept for HOBY was inspired in 1958 by a nine-day visit O’Brian had with famed
humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Africa. Dr. Schweitzer believed "the most important
thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves."
Hugh O’Brian’s core message to young people is “Freedom to Choose” as explained in an
essay on the topic.
I do NOT believe we are all born equal. Created equal in the eyes of God, yes, but
physical and emotional differences, parental guidelines, varying environments, being in the
right place at the right time, all play a role in enhancing or limiting an individual's
development. But I DO believe every man and woman, if given the opportunity and
encouragement to recognize their potential, regardless of background, has the freedom to
choose in our world. Will an individual be a taker or a giver in life? Will that person be
satisfied merely to exist or seek a meaningful purpose? Will he or she dare to dream the
impossible dream? 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.
— Hugh O'Brian, The Freedom to Choose
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Wyatt Earp and television career
He was chosen to portray legendary lawman Wyatt Earp on the ABC western series The
Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, which debuted in 1955. Alongside Gunsmoke and
Cheyenne, which debuted the same year, these programs spearheaded the "adult
western" television genre, with the emphasis on character development, rather than
moral sermonizing. It soon became one of the top-rated shows on television. During its
six-year run, Wyatt Earp consistently placed in the top ten in the United States. Decades
later, O'Brian reprised the role in two episodes of the television series Guns of Paradise
(1990), TV-movie The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) and the
independent film Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (1994), the latter mixing new footage
and colorized archival sequences from the original series.
O'Brian appeared regularly on other programs in the 1960s, including Jack Palance's
ABC circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth. He also appeared as a 'guest attorney'
in the 1963 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Two-Faced Turn-a-bout" when its
star, Raymond Burr, was sidelined for a spell after minor emergency surgery. He was a
guest celebrity panelist on the popular CBS prime-time programs Password and What's
My Line?, and served as a mystery guest on three occasions on the latter series. In 1971
he filmed a TV movie pilot titled PROBE, playing a high-tech (for the times) agent for a
company that specialized in recovering valuable items. The pilot would spawn a show for
O'Brian named SEARCH, which would run one season (1972-1973). In 1999 and 2000,
he co-starred with Dick Van Patten, Deborah Winters, Richard Roundtree, and Richard
Anderson miniseries Y2K - World in Crisis.