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Tab Hunter, 1950s Hollywood heart-throb, dies aged 86

10 July 2018, 06:13 | Max Haynes

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TAB HUNTER Various- 1960's

For a short time in the late 1960s, after several seasons of starring in summer stock and dinner theater in shows such as Bye Bye Birdie, The Tender Trap, Under the Yum Yum Tree and West Side Story with some of the NY cast, Hunter settled in the south of France, where he acted in spaghetti westerns, including Vengeance Is My Forgiveness (1968), The Last Chance (1968) and Bridge over the Elbe (1969).

A Facebook page to promote the 2015 documentary on his life, Tab Hunter Confidential, also confirmed Hunter's death alongside two photos.

Tab Hunter, the 1950s' teen heartthrob who would later become a prominent figure in the gay community, died Sunday night.

"Please honour his memory boy saying a prayer on his behalf. He would have liked that".

After a handful of small roles, Hunter secured a contract with Warner Bros and was cast in The Sea Chase, with John Wayne and Lana Turner, and later Battle Cry, with Van Heflin and Anne Francis.

The leading man revealed he was gay after decades of speculation in his 2005 autobiography "Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star".

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Hunter had a music career, releasing a hit song "Young Love" in 1957, which sold over one million copies.

Mr. Hunter continued to appear in films through the 1980s, including two memorable screen performances opposite drag legend Divine. TV proved a fertile environment, with The Tab Hunter Show premiering in 1960 followed by a string of TV movies.

In the 1985 Bartel film Lust in the Dust - a spoof of spaghetti westerns that also starred Lainie Kazan and in its outlandishness is often mistakenly attributed to John Waters - Hunter was comfortable enough to take delight in the joke of his character's name: Abel Wood, a pun that's as much acting critique as sex joke.

In the press, Hunter was linked to famous stars like Natalie Wood and Debbie Reynolds during his heyday. Young Arthur Gelien grew up in San Francisco and Long Beach, Calif., and joined the Coast Guard at 15, lying about his age.

After living on a ranch in New Mexico for a time, he took a home in Montecito in Santa Barbara County with Glaser.

"I consider Hollywood my past life", he told The New Mexican in 2015. J.J. Abrams, Hunter's husband and producing partner Allan Glaser and Neil Koenigsberg are working on on a movie about the star for Paramount titled Hunter, with Zachary Quinto set to star. Thank God! I know that when Tony Perkins and I were seeing each other, Paramount told him they didn't want him to see me anymore.



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