BREAKING: Legendary TV Actor Dead At Age 87… This Is Horrible

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Ty Hardin, a popular actor who starred as a former Confederate officer who wanders the Old West in the 1958-62 ABC series Bronco, has died. He was 87.

Hardin,who starred as the gunman Bronco Layne in the TV Western series “Bronco” and worked with Henry Fonda and Kirk Douglas among others had been in failing health for quite a while, according to his widow Carolyn Pampu Hardin.

Born Orison Whipple Hungerford Jr. in New York, Hardin grew up in Texas, served in the United States Army during 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, Page Six reported.

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.” After struggling with tax issues in the 1970s, he founded an anti-tax organization that became the extremist anti-government group the Arizona Patriots. The Patriots disbanded after federal agents raided one of its camps in 1986.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Hardin also appeared in his most famous role in other TV Westerns from the Warner Bros. stable, including Maverick and Sugarfoot.

In films released in 1962, Hardin starred opposite Jeff Chandler in the Sam Fuller war movie Merrill’s Marauders and was the object of Glynis Johns’ affection in George Cukor’s The Chapman Report.

He then appeared in such films as the JFK biopic PT 109 (1963), Wall of Noise (1963) — as a horse trainer opposite Suzanne Pleshette — Palm Springs Weekend (1963), Battle of the Bulge (1965), Custer of the West (1967) and, with Joan Crawford, Berserk (1967).

The 6-foot-2 Hardin also starred in several European films in the 1960s and ’70s and for one season toplined his own Australian TV series, playing an American charter boat operator on Riptide.

Hardin took a job with Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, and while at a costume rental company to prepare for a party, he was spotted by a talent scout. Paramount signed him and put him in the 1958 movies The Space ChildrenAs Young as We AreI Married a Monster From Outer Space and The Buccaneer.

By one count, Hardin was married eight times.

Rest in peace my brother and thanks for the memories…

God Bless.

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