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Who’s Hugh O’Brian?

A recent conversation with an actor friend (yes, we all go slumming from time to time) brought up the old showbiz wheeze about the Five Stages of an Actor’s Career.

I looked it up on Quote Investigator and the earliest documented telling of the joke was by Hugh O’Brian. It’s worth repeating and remembering. It goes like this:

Who’s Hugh O’Brian?
Get me Hugh O’Brian.
Get me a Hugh O’Brian type.
Get me a young Hugh O’Brian.
Who’s Hugh O’Brian?

If you are now asking yourself “Who’s Hugh O’Brian?” Q.E.D.

(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

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