CHARLESTON — Darrell Fetty, actor, writer, musician, and one of the producers of the Emmy-nominated miniseries HatfIelds & McCoys, will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the West Virginia Historical Society at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. The free program, “The Making of Hatfields & McCoys: A West Virginian’s Perspective,” will be held in the West Virginia Archives and History Library in the Culture Center at the Capitol Complex in Charleston and is open to the public.
A native West Virginian, Fetty graduated from Milton High School and Marshall University before heading for Hollywood in the 1970s. During his early years in California, he joined a rock band, composed songs for television and film, and worked as an actor. He made guest appearances in dozens of television series and also appeared in several television movies and miniseries, as well as in feature films such as The Winds and the Lion (1975) and Endangered Species (1982). Fetty later turned to writing and producing; his credits include Silk Stalkings (1994), Viper (1998), and Pensacola: Wings of Gold (1999-2000).
In addition to co-producing the History Channel historical drama miniseries on the Hatfield-McCoy Feud, a ratings winner that garnered sixteen Emmy nominations, Fetty played the role of Doc Rutherford in the miniseries. He also produced the companion documentary America’s Greatest Feud Hatfields & McCoys, which was shot in West Virginia and Kentucky. His son Derek worked as a writer and researcher on the documentary, while son Tyler played Bud McCoy in the miniseries.
Darrell Fetty originally was drawn to the Hatfield-McCoy story through his first wife, a descendant of both families, but it was only years later that his interest became a Hollywood production. It was the human element that brought the story together, according to Fetty, who says that the miniseries presented the feud story as “an American tragedy.”