|Born||Milton, West Virginia, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Marshall University|
Darrell Fetty is an American actor, screenwriter and Emmy-nominated producer for his work on the History miniseries Hatfields & McCoys which has received a total of 16 nominations. He resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife, the former model/actress Joyce Ingalls, and continues to work in film, television, and theater.
Darrell Fetty was born in Milton, West Virginia. and attended one of the last one-room school-houses in America at Ball’s Gap, West Virginia. He graduated from Milton High School and Marshall University, both located in West Virginia. As a kid, he got his first role in a church play with his parents. He started piano lessons in the third grade, and, a couple of years later, began playing for the church choir. In his teens, Fetty put several rock bands together. With the help of his guitarist friend Yancey Burns, he formed The Satisfied Minds and they released one single on Plato Records.
TV and Film career
Moving to Los Angeles after college graduation, Fetty landed his first role on the then-popular high school drama Room 222 and began acting regularly in television and feature films. His TV appearances include guest-starring roles on Happy Days, Starsky & Hutch, Barnaby Jones, The Facts of Life, One Day at a Time, Eight is Enough, Kojak, The Streets of San Francisco, thirtysomething, CHiPs, Knots Landing, The Gangster Chronicles, Centennial and Hawaii 5-0. Among his theatrical movies were featured roles in Stunts and Blood Beach. Fetty co-starred in the John Milius films Big Wednesday as a surfer called "Waxer" and in The Wind and the Lion as a bumbling junior diplomat.
Life as a Writer
During the early days of his acting career, Darrell Fetty supplemented his income as a Story Analyst, reviewing screenplays for studios and independent producers, starting at American International Pictures for the legendary Sam Arkoff. At this time Fetty was also writing music videos for MTV, working with young directors for such artists as The Ramones and Jefferson Starship. He wrote a number of independent features including Freeway and Trouble Bound, co-written with Francis Delia; State Park (under the pseudonym “Neal M. Noble”), and Into The Fire (as “Jesse Ballard”) and worked extensively in feature development for most of the major studios with such producers as Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer, and John Milius. In the late 1990s, he began working full-time as a writer/producer for TV shows, beginning as a staff writer on NBC’s Viper, created by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo. Fetty’s other series work include The Sentinel, Silk Stalkings, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, and Mutant X.
Darrell Fetty first married Carolyne McCoy, who is a descendent of the famous feuding families (her mother was a Hatfield, her father a McCoy). He later married the former model turned actress Joyce Ingalls. They have two children, actor Tyler F. Jackson, who played the role of Bud McCoy in the Hatfields & McCoys miniseries, and Derek, the oldest of the two sons. Fetty is a close friend of writer/director John Milius, who he considers a mentor and major influence in his career.
- Braxton, Greg (2012-07-19). "'Hatfields & McCoys' feud draws 16 Emmy nominations". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
- "Garage Hangover The Satisfied Minds". Retrieved 2012-08-04.