"I'd read a great deal about Wyatt Earp and when I got the role, I decided I to try to become proficient with a Colt 45 pistol. I practiced about 1,000 hours or more on that quick-draw. When we went on the set, they didn't have to cut away -- they could just stay with me and all of the sudden the gun was out and the other guy was not there. I think it was the authenticity that also made the show go right into the Top 5. It was the first adult western."
About This Interview
In his over three-hour Archive interview, Hugh O'Brian (1925-2016) speaks about moving to Los Angeles to embark on an acting career following his service during World War II. He describes his early career in films, working with such stars as Gene Autry. He talks about his work in several dramatic anthologies in early television and the title role in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, the series for which he is most associated. He discusses many aspects of the series including the factual basis for his character, working with his co-stars and the difficult location shooting. He speaks about his later television and film work and his devotion to HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership), a development organization for tomorrow's leaders that he formed in 1958. B-roll consists of stills from various series and films including: The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Return to Tombstone (television movie), Love Has Many Faces (feature film) and Seminole (feature film). Jennifer Howard conducted the interview on March 29, 2005 in Beverly Hills, CA.