Ty Hardin

Biography: Such an active child that he earned the nickname "Typhoon" - quickly shorted to "Ty" - Hardin was born in New York City but raised in Texas. After military service during the Korean War, he took classes at Texas A&M, where he appeared in a few local amateur-theater productions before moving west to California. In Hollywood, his rugged good looks won him small parts in several movies under the name "Ty Hungerford".

When Clint Walker, the star of Cheyenne, became embroiled in a contract dispute with Warner Brothers, Ty was brought in as a possible replacement character called "Bronco Layne." Now renamed Ty Hardin, he soon had his own series, Bronco, which ran on ABC from 1958 to 1962. This was followed by a series of films which exploited his image as a muscular "hunk" - most notably Merrill's Marauders (1962), PT 109 (1963), The Battle of the Bulge (1965) and Berserk (1967). Soon thereafter, the offers suddenly dried up and Ty found himself in Australia, co-starring in a
Such an active child that he earned the nickname "Typhoon" - quickly shorted to "Ty" - Hardin was born in New York City but raised in Texas. After military service during the Korean War, he took classes at Texas A&M, where he appeared in a few local amateur-theater productions before moving west to California. In Hollywood, his rugged good looks won him small parts in several movies under the name "Ty Hungerford".

When Clint Walker, the star of Cheyenne, became embroiled in a contract dispute with Warner Brothers, Ty was brought in as a possible replacement character called "Bronco Layne." Now renamed Ty Hardin, he soon had his own series, Bronco, which ran on ABC from 1958 to 1962. This was followed by a series of films which exploited his image as a muscular "hunk" - most notably Merrill's Marauders (1962), PT 109 (1963), The Battle of the Bulge (1965) and Berserk (1967).

Soon thereafter, the offers suddenly dried up and Ty found himself in Australia, co-starring in a short-lived series called Riptide (1969). After appearing in several low budget, European projects ( and a Joe Namath movie), he returned to the United States where - after a brief stint as an evangelistic preacher - he managed to land an occasional guest star spot and appeared in a few low-budget movies. It has been suggested that the sudden demise of Hardin's Hollywood career was caused by his involvement with extreme right-wing, anti-Semitic, Aryan Nation-affiliated anti-government "patriot" groups. He is currently cast as "Colonel Sanders" in the comedy Head Over Spurs in Love (2010), his first role in an American film in almost 20 years.
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tbd Riptide (1969): Season 1 Feb 6, 1969 Moss Andrews tbd