Ac­tor Ty Hardin dies at 87

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Ty Hardin, a pop­u­lar film and tele­vi­sion ac­tor who starred as the gun­man Bronco Layne in the TV Western se­ries “Bronco” and worked with Henry Fonda and Kirk Dou­glas among others, has died.

A res­i­dent of Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, Hardin died Thurs­day at age 87.

His widow, Carolyn Pampu Hardin, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that he had been in fail­ing health.

Born Ori­son Whip­ple Hunger­ford Jr. in New York, Hardin grew up in Texas, served in the Korean War and played foot­ball at Texas A&M un­der fu­ture Univer­sity of Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.

He changed his name in his 20s, in homage to the out­law John Wes­ley Hardin, as his act­ing ca­reer was tak­ing off.

Hardin cred­ited John Wayne for giv­ing him a ma­jor break when the ac­tor helped him get a con­tract with Warner Brothers.

When Clint Walker left the TV show “Cheyenne” in 1958 over a con­trac­tual dis­pute, Hardin stepped in and con­tin­ued in the spinoff “Bronco,” which aired un­til 1962.

Hardin also had a di­verse film ca­reer, from the Joan Craw­ford thriller “Berserk!” to the World War II movies “Bat­tle of the Bulge” and “PT 109.”

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