Hugh O'Brian attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois where he was a "four-letter man" in football, basketball, wrestling, and track. His academic career to Yale became derailed when he was introduced to a theatre group in Los Angeles. His "big break" came in 1955 when he was chosen to portray the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp (of Monmouth, Illinois!) for the first adult western on television. A glorious career of film, stage, and TV followed. In 1958, O'Brian founded the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation (HOBY) to seek out, recognize, and develop leadership potential in high school sophomores.