H/T Western Journalism.

R.I.P.Ty “Bronco Layne”Hardin.

‘…a popular film and television actor’.

On the TV screen, he played a former Confederate officer who wandered the West. In real life, he founded an anti-tax group that became the Arizona Patriots.

Actor and activist Ty Hardin died Thursday at the age of 87.

Ty Hardin, star of TV Western “Bronco,” dies at 87 http://nydn.us/2uAiMkH  via @THR

His wife, Carolyn Pampu Hardin, told The Associated Press that her husband had been “in failing health.”

Hardin, who was born Orison Whipple Hungerford Jr. in New York City, starred in the Warner Bros. series Bronco, which ran on TV from 1958 to 1962.

In the popular Western, Hardin roamed the American West interacting with both historical and fictional characters.

“There ain’t a horse that he can’t handle, that’s how he got his name,” a line in the show’s theme song went.

The show was a spinoff of Cheyenne, which got its start when the show’s star, Clint Walker, was in a contract dispute with Warner Bros. Hardin’s character, Bronco Layne, appeared in other Warner westerns, including Maverick and Sugarfoot.

Hardin appeared in 1960s movies such as Merrill’s Marauders, PT 109Battle of the Bulge and Custer of the West.

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