Blonde, tall, and athletic, Ty Hardin played leads and supporting roles in Hollywood, Italian films, and on television in such series as Cheyenne (1955), its spin-off, [[Feature~V120613~Bronco~elbronco]] (1958-1961), and [[Feature~V128551~Riptide~riptide]] (1965).
Hardin was born Orson Whipple Hungerford Jr., and took up acting while attending Texas A&M University, where he appeared in several campus productions.
He made his feature-film debut, using the name Ty Hungerford, with a small role in I Married a Monster From Outer Space (1958). He subsequently appeared in several Hollywood features, including [[Feature~V86966~The Chapman Report~thechapmanreport]] (1962). When American roles became infrequent, Hardin began appearing occasionally in Italian and Spanish productions such as [[Feature~V108942~Pampa Salvaje~savagepampas]] ([[Feature~V108942~Savage Pampas~savagepampas]]) (1966). During the early '70s, Hardin lived in Los Boliches, Spain, where he ran a bar and a string of laundromats. Following a 1974 arrest for allegedly smuggling 25 kilos of hashish, Hardin was forced to pay 9,200 dollars in fines. By 1977, Hardin had returned stateside and had become 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. Despite his many lifestyle changes, Hardin has continued to make the odd film appearance in vehicles such as [[Feature~V42080~Rooster: Spurs of Death~spursofdeath]] (1983) and [[Feature~V129865~We Are Angels~noinonsiamoangeli]] (1995). ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi