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Ty Hardin ACTOR


Ty Hardin was born June 1st, 1930 in New York City, USA with the birth name Orison Hungerford.  He was raised in Texas and attended high school at Lamar High.  He then went on to serve in the Korean War and upon his return attended University at, Texas A&M where he became interested in acting and appeared in various campus productions. 
In 1957, Hardin moved to Hollywood and was lucky enough to get signed by Paramount for a contract.  In 1958, he made his first feature debut with a small role in, "I Married A Monster From Outer Space" under the name Ty Hungerford.
His big break came when the actor, Clint Walker, walked out on his ABC TV series, "Cheyenne" (1958) over a contract dispute with Warner Brothers, and Ty got to take over the role of the Country Cousin Bronco Layne for one season, changing his name from Hungerford to Hardin.  After the one season, Warner Brothers and Clint Walker came to terms on their contract and he was given his part back, however, Hardin had made such a good impression on the studio that he was given his own series, "Bronco" which ran from 1958-1962.  He also married the German actress, Marlene Schmidt from 1962 to 1966 and together they had one daughter.
Following this series was another role on another series called, "On the Trail of Johnny Hilling".  Ty Hardin was also appearing in various feature films such as, " The Chapman Report" (1962) also starring Shelley Winters, Jane Fonda, Claire Bloom, Glynis Johns, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr, with Ray Danton, Andrew Duggan, Harold J. Stone, Cloris Leachman and Henry Daniell, "Merrill's Marauders" (1962) starring with Jeff Chandler, Andrew Duggan, Claude Akins, Peter Brown, Will Hutchins, John Hoyt and Samuel V. Wilson, "PT 109" (1963) starring Cliff Robertson as John F. Kennedy, Robert Blake, Norman Fell and Robert Culp, "Wall of Noise" (1963), and Palm Springs Weekend (1963), "Battle of the Bulge" (1965), "Riptide" (1965) and "Pampa Salvaje" (1966) an Italian and Spanish Production.
During the early 70's, Hardin lived in Los Boliches, Spain, where he ran a bar and a string of Laundromats. In 1977, Hardin returned to the US and became a devout Christian earning money as a traveling evangelist and the minister of a church in Prescott, AZ, where he also appeared in a 30-minute religious show, "Going Home", that aired nationally three times a week on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.  He did not give up on his acting career completely, he did have a couple other appearances in films such as, "Vehicles" and "Spurs of Death" (1983).
Ty Hardin was nominated for the Peninsula Citizens award for his dedication to his community.  Hardin resided for a while in the Key Peninsula near the town of Gig Harbor, Washington.  He now remarried as of June 2007 and lives in Southern California with his family.  

1993   Rescue Me
1990   Born Killer
1989   Bad Jim
1988   Red River
1977   Fire
1972   Avanti!
1971   The Last Rebel
1969   One Step to Hell
1968   Custer of the West
1967   Savage Pampas
1967   Berserk
1965   Battle of the Bulge
1963   Wall of Noise
1963   Palm Springs Weekend
1963   PT 109
1962   Merrill's Marauders
1962   The Chapman Report
1959   Last Train from Gun Hill
1959   The Buccaneer
1958   I Married a Monster from Outer Space
1958   As Young as We Are
1958   The Space Children  

Matinee Classics - Bronco starring Ty Hardin as Bronco Lane
Matinee Classics - PT 109 starring Cliff Robertson, Ty Hardin, James Gregory, Robert Culp, Grant Williams, Lew Gallo, Errol John, Michael Pate, Robert Blake, William Douglas, Biff Elliot, Norman Fell, Sam Gilman, Clyde Howdy, Buzz Martin, James McCallion, Joseph Gallison, Lew Gallo, Sammy Reese, Glenn Sipes, John Ward and David Whorf

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