Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hugh O'Brian, 1925-2016, R.I.P.


I once posted saying that if celebrities kept dropping like flies, I should probably change the name of this blog to "Bring Out Your Dead." This year, I've posted so many tributes that that joke isn't very funny any more, if it ever was to begin with.

TV's original Wyatt Earp has died at the age of 91. Coincidentally,. I binge-watched a boxed set of selected episodes from his 1950s-1960s series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp just a few nights ago. Hugh O'Brian was terrific in the title role, in a series which was somewhat faithful to the life of the real Western lawman.








O'Brian was also responsible for the founding of HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership), begun in 1958 and still running strong today. Its mission is "to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation." Nice to know he left us even more than a solid acting career.

Thanks for your time.

16 comments:

  1. I remember seeing a few episodes as a kid. I'm glad I will never have a tv show though, seems if you watch it, the star croaks lol

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  2. I don't remember Hugh O'Brian. You can subtitle your blog with "Dead Celebrities."

    Love,
    Janie

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  3. Anoth one bites the dust. It has been a bad year but many are in their 80's and were big film or TV stars in the 1950's and '60's. It is just sad to see all these people pass.

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    1. Yeah, at least quite a few of them are living to ripe old ages.

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  4. Although I heard about the show, I never had the opportunity to watch. The one TV station we had broadcasting didn't carry it. :(

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    1. Selected episodes are available on DVD, and worth seeking out if you like westerns.

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  5. Sooner or later, we all meet our maker.

    It sounds like Hugh O'Brien's life was well lived.

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    1. Yes, he went beyond being "just" an actor.

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  6. It's probably because we are the wrong age, childhood icons keep dying.

    HOBY is a great acronym. He sounds like he lived a full life.

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    1. It's true. I hit 60 this year and all the actors, actresses, musicians, etc. whom I grew up with are obviously older than that, so that puts them at ripe old ages.

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  7. Like you, I mourn all the childhood icons I grew up with dying. HOBY is a fitting legacy for Hugh O'Brian. I still wish all of us could will a bit of life to the ones we remember fondly so they could be with us a bit longer. :-(

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  8. your blog is a tour of memory lane - thanks for highlighting the wonderful careers of so many cherished celebrities!

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