Born Orison Hungerford in New York on January 1, 1930, actor Ty Hardin was raised in Texas. He served in the Korean War in the early 1950s, and after his return, he began taking college courses at Texas A & M. By 1957, Hardin had made his way to Hollywood and was put under contract by Paramount. He was at first billed as 'Ty Hungerford,' but soon his name was changed to Ty Hardin. When Clint Walker walked out on his ABC series Cheyenne in 1958 during a contract dispute with Warner Bros., Ty Hardin got his big break. Warner Bros. bought out Hardin's Paramount contract and installed him in the replacement series Bronco, which aired under the Cheyenne umbrella series title. Bronco ran from 1958 through 1962.

Will Hutchins, Peter Brown, Jack Kelly, Ty Hardin, James Garner, Wayde Preston, and John Russell

A 1958 still of Warner Brothers western TV series stars. From left to right: Will Hutchins, Peter Brown, Jack Kelly, Ty Hardin, James Garner, Wayde Preston, and John Russell

With one more year to go on his contract with Warner Bros., Hardin made several films, including The Chapman Report (1962; with Shelley Winters) and Palm Springs Weekend (1963; with Robert Conrad and Troy Donahue). After Hardin's contract lapsed, he went to Europe and made a number of films in the late 1960s.

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Bronco (1958-1962 ABC TV Series)

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As Bronco Layne from the ABC series Bronco

Merrill's Marauders (1962)

Jeff Chandler and Ty Hardin

From the Warner Bros. war drama Merrill's Marauders with Jeff Chandler

The Chapman Report (1962)

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With Glynis Johns in the Warner Bros. drama The Chapman Report

PT 109 (1963)

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Hardin as Ensign Leonard J. Thom in the Warner Bros. war drama biopic PT 109. RIGHT: With Cliff Robertson as John F. Kennedy

Palm Springs Weekend (1963)

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From Warner Bros. fun spring break flick Palm Springs Weekend. LEFT: Hardin beats up spoiled rich kid Robert Conrad. RIGHT: Singing with Jerry Van Dyke

Wall of Noise (1963)

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LEFT: With Ralph Meeker and Suzanne Pleshette in the racy drama Wall of Noise. RIGHT: Putting the squeeze on Suzanne Pleshette

Berserk! (1968)

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From Joan Crawford's penultimate film Berserk!. LEFT: As circus performer Frank Hawkins. CENTER: With Judy Geeson, Hardin, Joan Crawford, and Diana Dors. RIGHT: Again with Diana Dors

The Quest (1976 NBC TV Series)

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With Laraine Stephens in an episode of the short-lived NBC western The Quest titled Prairie Woman

later years

Ty Hardin's acting career came to a close in the 1980s. Near the end of his life, he began working on his autobiography. Check out the Official Ty Hardin Website for more details. Sadly, he passed away on August 3, 2017, at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife, Caroline, and his ten children.

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Rescue Me (1993) with Ami Dolenz
Bad Jim (1990) with Richard Roundtree, Rory Calhoun, and John Clark Gable
Born Killer (1990)
Red River (1988) with James Arness, Guy Madison, John Lupton, and Gregory Harrison
The Zoo Gang (1985) with Ben Vereen and Jackie Earle Haley
Spurs of Death (1983) with Ruta Lee and Vincent Van Patten
Image of the Beast (1980) with William Wellman Jr.
Fire! (1977) with Vera Miles, Ernest Borgnine, Patty Duke, Alex Cord, Donna Mills, Lloyd Nolan, and Neville Brand
Django, Day Of Settlement (1971) with George Eastman
Day of Judgement (1971) with Gordon Mitchell, Rossano Brazzi, Rosalba Neri, and Raf Baldassarre
Acquasanta Joe (1971) with Richard Harrison
The Last Rebel (1971) with Joe Namath, Woody Strode, Jack Elam, and Michael Forest
Rekvijem (1970)
You're Jinxed, Friend, You've Met Sacremento (1970) with Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
King of Africa (1968) with George Sanders, Pier Angeli, and Helga Line
Berserk! (1968) with Joan Crawford, Diana Dors, and Judy Geeson
Moving Target (1967) with Michael Rennie and Gordon Mitchell
Devil's Angel (1967) with Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
Custer of the West (1967) with Jeffrey Hunter, Robert Shaw, Kieron Moore, and Robert Ryan
Savage Pampas (1966) with Robert Taylor
Man of the Cursed Valley (1965)
Battle of the Bulge (1965) with Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, George Montgomery, and Dana Andrews
Palm Springs Weekend (1963) with Robert Conrad, Connie Stevens, and Troy Donahue
Wall of Noise (1963) with Suzanne Pleshette and Ralph Meeker
PT 109 (1963) with Cliff Robertson, Grant Williams, and Robert Blake
The Chapman Report (1962) with Shelley Winters, Jane Fonda, Ray Danton, Glynis Johns, and Alex Cord
Merrill's Marauders (1962) with Jeff Chandler, Peter Brown, and Will Hutchins
Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) with Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, and Ziva Rodann
As Young as We Are (1958) with Pippa Scott
I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) with Tom Tryon and Gloria Talbott
The Space Children (1958) with Peggy Webber, Russell Johnson, Larry Pennell, Johnny Crawford, and Jackie Coogan
The Buccaneer (1958) with Yul Brynner and Inger Stevens

Riptide, 1968-1969 Australian TV series. Hardin portrayed Moss Andrews
Bronco, 1958-1962 ABC TV series. Hardin portrayed Bronco Layne. This series was aired under the umbrella title Cheyenne

The Love Boat, episode April the Ninny/The Loan Arranger/First Voyage, Last Voyage, originally aired January 17, 1981
David Cassidy - Man Undercover, episode Baby Makes Three, originally aired November 9, 1978
Flying High, episode A Hairy Yak Plays Musical Chairs Eagerly, originally aired October 6, 1978
The Quest, episode Prairie Woman, originally aired November 10, 1976
Sugarfoot, episode Angel, originally aired March 6, 1961
77 Sunset Strip, episode Strange Bedfellows, originally aired February 17, 1961
Maverick, episode Hadley's Hunters, originally aired September 25, 1960
Sugarfoot, episode The Trial of the Canary Kid, originally aired September 15, 1959

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