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      Tab Hunter

      Tab Hunter

      Highest Rated: 94% Polyester (1981)

      Lowest Rated: 25% Lust in the Dust (1985)

      Birthday: Jul 11, 1931

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Tab Hunter parlayed his all-American blond good looks and wholesomeness into screen stardom, becoming an idol for 1950s teenagers who adored his boy-next-door persona and physique. He was cast in Joseph Losey's "The Lawless" (1950), despite having no previous acting experience, and earned his first starring role in 1952's "Island of Desire" opposite Linda Darnell. He went on to play the ingénue for the likes of Raoul Walsh ("Battle Cry," 1955), William Wellman ("Lafayette Escadrille," aka "Hellbent for Glory," 1958) and Sidney Lumet ("That Kind of Woman," 1959). He also launched a recording career, and had a hit record in 1957 with the song "Young Love," which appeared at #1 on the Billboard charts for six straight weeks and sold over one million copies. Hunter appeared in "Gunman's Walk" (1958), as well as performed the song "I'm a Runaway" in the film. Later that year he delivered his memorable portrayal of long-suffering Washington Senators fan Joe Hardy in George Abbott and Stanley Donen's Faustian musical, "Damn Yankees," and appeared opposite Geraldine Page in the Emmy-nominated "Portrait of a Murderer" installment of "Playhouse 90." In the 1960s, he starred in pictures such as "Operation Bikini" (1963) and "Ride the Wild Surf" (1964), and appeared in Tony Richardson's "The Loved One" (1965). During this time, he also starred in his own series on NBC, and, in 1964, performed on Broadway opposite Tallulah Bankhead in the Tennessee Williams play "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore." Hunter returned to the big screen in the 1970s with John Huston's "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972), then attempted to reinvent himself in parts satirizing his popular image, including a role in the showbiz satire "Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood" (1978) and "Grease 2" (1982). Perhaps his finest performance was as the lonely Venice Beach psychopath of Curtis Hanson's directing debut, "The Arousers" (1973), but he also acted in three movies with Divine, most notably John Waters' "Polyester" (1981). Hunter produced Paul Bartel's Western spoof "Lust in the Dust" (1984), as well as starred opposite Divine, and picked up a story credit for David Hemmings' "Dark Horse" (1992). In later years, he was often featured as an interview subject in documentaries about Hollywood figures, including "Wild Bill, Hollywood Maverick: The Life and Times of William A. Wellman" (1995) and "I Am Divine" (2013), and on TV in "Sophia Loren: Actress Italian Style" (A&E, 1997) and "Natalie Wood: The E! True Hollywood Story" (1997). In 2005, Hunter released his autobiography, "Tab Hunter Confidential," which became a New York Times bestseller. The book was the basis for a documentary film in 2015, produced by Allan Glaser and directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, which premiered at the South by Southwest festival and subsequently played at a number of other festivals and screenings, and received a theatrical release in October of that year. Both the book and film dealt extensively with Hunter's status as a deeply closeted gay man in a period of extreme homophobia in American culture. Tab Hunter died of a heart attack caused by deep vein thrombosis on July 8, 2018, He was 86.

      Highest rated movies

      Polyester
      Tab Hunter Confidential
      The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
      They Came to Cordura
      Damn Yankees
      Out of the Dark
      The Loved One
      War Gods of the Deep

      Photos

      Tab Hunter in attendance for TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL Personal Appearance and Q&A, Village East Cinema, New York, NY October 18, 2015. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Tab Hunter, partner Allan Glaser in attendance for TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL Personal Appearance and Q&A, Village East Cinema, New York, NY October 18, 2015. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Maria Cooper-Janis, Tab Hunter at arrivals for Special Screening of TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL, Film Forum, New York, NY October 12, 2015. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Tab Hunter at arrivals for Special Screening of TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL, Film Forum, New York, NY October 12, 2015. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Tab Hunter, George Takei at arrivals for Special Screening of TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL, Film Forum, New York, NY October 12, 2015. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Tab Hunter at arrivals for Special Screening of TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL, Film Forum, New York, NY October 12, 2015. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection THEY CAME TO CORDURA, Tab Hunter, 1959. DAMN YANKEES, Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, 1958 THE GIRL HE LEFT BEHIND, Tab Hunter, Natalie Wood, 1956 DAMN YANKEES, from left: Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, 1958 LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE, Tab Hunter, 1958. THE GIRL HE LEFT BEHIND, Jim Backus, Tab Hunter, 1956 BURNING HILLS, THE, Natalie Wood, Tab Hunter, 1956 TRACK OF THE CAT, Diana Lynn, Tab Hunter, 1954 THAT KIND OF WOMAN, Tab Hunter, 1959 PANDEMONIUM, Tab Hunter, 1982, ©United Artists / THE PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY, Tab Hunter, 1961 GREASE 2, Tab Hunter, 1982, (c)Paramount DAMN YANKEES, Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, 1958 THE SEA CHASE, Tab Hunter, 1955.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      88% 96% Tab Hunter Confidential Unknown (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 53% The Brothers Warner Unknown (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 50 Years the Best of Hollywood Narrator - 1998
      No Score Yet 67% Dark Horse Perkins (Character) - 1992
      60% 29% Out of the Dark Driver (Character) $419.4K 1989
      No Score Yet 15% Grotesque Rod (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 18% Cameron's Closet Owen Lansing (Character) $10.8K 1987
      25% 79% Lust in the Dust Abel Wood (Character) - 1985
      35% 53% Grease 2 Mr. Stuart (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 45% Pandemonium Blue Grange (Character) - 1982
      94% 81% Polyester Todd Tomorrow (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold Elliot Bender (Character) - 1978
      80% 74% The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Sam Dodd (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 0% Hacksaw Tim Andrews (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arousers Eddie Collins (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Legion of No Return Richard (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Chance Patrick Harris (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hostile Guns Mike Reno (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fickle Finger of Fate Jerry (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Birds Do It Lt. Porter (Character) - 1966
      47% 76% The Loved One Whispering Glades Tour Guide (Character) - 1965
      40% 23% War Gods of the Deep Ben Harris (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 48% Ride the Wild Surf Steamer Lane (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Man With Two Faces Alex Carswell (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 0% The Golden Arrow Hassan (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Bikini Lt. Morgan Hayes (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 55% The Pleasure of His Company Roger Berk Henderson (Character) - 1961
      80% 48% They Came to Cordura Lt. William Fowler (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 54% That Kind of Woman Red (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates Hans Brinker (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 88% Gunman's Walk Ed Hackett (Character) - 1958
      79% 68% Damn Yankees Joe Hardy (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 25% Lafayette Escadrille Thad Walker (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 17% The Girl He Left Behind Andy L. Shaeffer (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 47% The Burning Hills Trace Jordon (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 54% The Sea Chase Cadet Wesser (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 45% Battle Cry Pvt./Cpl. Dan "Danny" Forrester (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Return to Treasure Island Clive Stone (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 50% Track of the Cat Harold Bridges (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Steel Lady Bill Larson (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gun Belt Chip Ringo (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Island of Desire Marine Corporal Michael J. "Chicken" Dugan (Character) - 1952

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1983-1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Benson Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Martin Quinn (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McMillan and Wife Roger Thornton (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Arnold Blake (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Bob Neal (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1957 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1955