The actor Ty Hardin passed away on 3 August 2017. Hardin first made a name for himself when he appeared in a number of popular American TV Western series during the late 1950s and early 1960s. These series included Maverick (1957-1962), Cheyenne (1955-1963) and Tenderfoot (1957-1961). Hardin duly starred as the eponymous hero in his own American TV Western series, Bronco (1958-1962).
In the early 1960s, Italian producers were keen to cast recognisable American Western actors in their early Spaghetti Westerns. The presence of such actors allowed the producers to pass the films off as American productions. Hardin subsequently appeared in Siro Marcellini’s early Spaghetti Western, Man of the Cursed Valley (1964). He would later report that his appearance in Man of the Cursed Valley led to Sergio Leone approaching him to play the Man With No Name when A Fistful of Dollars (1964) was first being cast.
Hardin went on to appear in a number of Spaghetti Westerns that were produced during the early 1970s. Key titles include Sergio Garrone’s Vendetta at Dawn (1971), Mario Gariazzo’s Drummer of Vengeance (1971), Mario Gariazzo’s Acquasanta Joe (1971) and Giorgio Cristallini’s You’re Jinxed, Friend You’ve Met Sacramento (1972). When he returned to America, Hardin would appear in Westerns such as Richard Michaels’ Red River (1988) and Clyde Ware’s Bad Jim (1990).