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|Known for:||Twins, The Shootist, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp|
|Birth name:||Hugh Charles Krampe|
|Birthday:||19 April 1925, Rochester, New York, USA|
|Height:||6' 1" 1.85 m|
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TriviaFounder of HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership), seeks out and helps recognize leadership potential in highschool sophomores. According to an article on TV westerns in Time Magazine (March 30, 1959), O'Brian stood 6 feet tall, weighed 170 lbs, and had chest-waist-hips measurements of 44-32-36 Was the youngest Drill Instructor in Marine Corps history - Age 17. 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. Was awarded one of the space community's highest honors with the 1972 Freedom Award for his variety of space-orientated projects, including the Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation seminars at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 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 TV production company. 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, Calif. It was his first marriage; her second. She was 54; he was 83. The Rev. Robert 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. Was the last person killed on screen by John Wayne, in The Shootist (1976). He became the youngest drill instructor in the Marine Corps' history, and during his four years of service won 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. Developed a friendship with Marilyn Monroe after the two co-starred in There's No Business Like Show Business (1954).