Hurley Hughes is my grandfather, and one of the primary inspirations into my pursuing a life in the film industry. He put me on a horse for the first time when I was maybe 6 years old and taught me how to saddle and ride. I grew up listening to his many stories of his time working in hollywood in the 1960s classic western era, and now he is sharing those stories with you. This is possibly the most special conversation I've ever had with him.
Its a surreal experience to grow up listening to stories like these, and now being able to have stories of my own time on these many sets to share with him. There is something very special about that. That being said, my stories will probably never hold a candle to what he has to share.
Hurley started his time at a young age just out of high school working horses on various sets. He eventually found himself working with the likes of Glenn Randall and his son Glenn Randall Jr. You may know the Jr. as the stunt coordinator for films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Return of the Jedi, and the stunt double for freaking Boba Fett. Hurley was a wrangler on all sorts of classic western movies and TV shows such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Magnificent 7, and the list goes on and on.
Hurley was a horse wrangler. He wasn't a director or an actor or any position that we all like to fall head over heels for. But it's important to remember that behind every famous director/actor/producer/so on is a team of highly skilled professionals that put blood, sweat, and tears into their work so that the bigger picture will shine. My grandpa was a small piece in Hollywood history. You won't find him on IMDB, because unfortunately alot of these folks don't get the credit that they deserve. But maybe we can change that. I hope you enjoy his stories and insight as much as I have over the years.