Don Haggerty's muscular, rangy build meant that the former Brown University athlete made his way in Hollywood by playing ultra-masculine character parts, often ending up in westerns as a cowboy. But the actor never lacked for work, particularly in B pictures, where he was a commanding presence and could play villain or hero alike, depending on what the film called for.
Haggerty didn't just star in B pictures, though; he made appearances in such classic films of the era as "Somebody Up There Likes Me," "Some Came Running" and "The Asphalt Jungle." He also starred in the original "Angels in the Outfield."
Haggerty continued to work in films and television series up until the early 1980s, and he was particularly visible during the western TV boom of the '50s and '60s. There was barely a notable western of the era that he didn't guest star on, and he was a regular for much of the first season of "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," one of television's earliest prime-time serialized dramas. Haggerty also found work in many sitcoms of the era, including guest spots on "Leave It to Beaver" and "The Munsters."
Occasionally confused with actor Dan Haggerty ("Grizzly Adams"), Haggerty's star on the Walk of Fame initially actually read "Dan Haggerty." It had to be removed and replaced with a star that said "Don," the only case of such a mistake happening in the history of the Walk of Fame. In time, however, the other Haggerty received his own star, though it was placed far, far away from Don Haggerty's.