Tab Hunter

Actor, Singer, Producer
Although he did not score well with the critics, Tab Hunter managed to parlay his all-American blond good looks and wholesomeness into screen stardom, becoming an idol for 1950s teenagers who adored his boy-next-door ... Read more »
Born: 07/11/1931 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Tab Hunter Confidential 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

I Am Divine 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sex: The Revolution! 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis Forever 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Fosse: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Divine: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Natalie Wood: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sophia Loren: Actress Italian Style 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Ballyhoo: The Hollywood Sideshow! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Horse 1992 (Movie)

Perkins (Actor)

Grotesque 1990 (Movie)

Rod (Actor)

Cameron's Closet 1989 (Movie)

Owen Lansing (Actor)

Out of the Dark 1989 (Movie)

Driver (Actor)

National Off-The-Wall People's Poll 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Lust in the Dust 1984 (Movie)

Abel Wood (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Grease 2 1982 (Movie)

Mr. Stuart (Actor)

Pandemonium 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Polyester 1981 (Movie)

Todd Tomorrow (Actor)

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Fernwood 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Timber Tramps 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ghost Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 (Movie)

Sam Dodd (Actor)

Sweet Kill 1970 (Movie)

Eddie Collins (Actor)

Hostile Guns 1966 (Movie)

(Actor)

Birds Do It 1965 (Movie)

Lieutenant Porter (Actor)

War Gods of the Deep 1965 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Loved One 1964 (Movie)

Guide (Actor)

Ride the Wild Surf 1963 (Movie)

Steamer Lane (Actor)

Operation Bikini 1962 (Movie)

Lt Morgan Hayes (Actor)

The Pleasure of His Company 1961 (Movie)

Roger Henderson (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

That Kind of Woman 1959 (Movie)

Red (Actor)

Damn Yankees 1958 (Movie)

Joe Hardy (Actor)

Hell Bent For Glory 1958 (Movie)

Thad Walker (Actor)

They Came to Cordura 1958 (Movie)

Lieutenant William Fowler (Actor)

Gunman's Walk 1957 (Movie)

Ed Hackett (Actor)

The Burning Hills 1956 (Movie)

Trace Jordan (Actor)

The Girl He Left Behind 1956 (Movie)

Andy Sheaffer (Actor)

Battle Cry 1955 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

The Sea Chase 1955 (Movie)

Cadet Wesser (Actor)

Track of the Cat 1954 (Movie)

Harold (Actor)

Hollywood Opening Night 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

San Francisco International (TV Show)

Actor

The Kid From Left Field (TV Show)

Actor

The Man with Two Faces (Movie)

(Actor)
Music (4)

Ravenous 1999 (Movie)

guitar/jews harp (Music)

Polyester 1981 (Movie)

("Polyester") (Song Performer)

Damn Yankees 1958 (Movie)

("Goodbye Old Girl" "Two Lost Souls") (Song Performer)

Gunman's Walk 1957 (Movie)

("I'm a Runaway") (Song Performer)
Writer (2)

Tab Hunter Confidential 2015 (Movie)

(from autobiography: "Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star") (Source Material)

Dark Horse 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)
Producer (1)

Lust in the Dust 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Although he did not score well with the critics, Tab Hunter managed to parlay 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. After lying about his age to join the Coast Guard at 15, he found his way into Joseph Losey's "The Lawless" (1950), despite having no previous acting experience, and went on to play the ingenue for the likes of Raoul Walsh ("Battle Cry" 1955), William Wellman ("Hell Bent For Glory" 1958) and Sidney Lumet ("That Kind of Woman" 1959). Hunter's first credit as a song performer came in "Gunman's Walk" (1958), and 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." By the early 60s, he was starring in low-brow fare like "Operation Bikini" (1963) and "Ride the Wild Surf" (1964), but he did contribute a small bit to Tony Richardson's "The Loved One" (1965).

Relationships

Gertrude Gelien

Mother
German immigrant; Lutheran

Walt Gelien

Brother
Older Died in Vietnam 1965

Allan Glaser Producer

Companion
Met in 1983 Co-produced the films "Lust in the Dust" (1985) and "Dark Horse" (1992)

Charles Kelm

Father
German immigrant; Jewish

Milestones

2006

Released best-selling autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star

1998

Narrated the documentary "The Best of Hollywood"

1997

Interviewed for A&E biography "Sophia Loren: Actress Italian Style"

1995

Appeared as himself in "Wild Bill, Hollywood Maverick: The Life and Times of William A Wellman"

1992

Received story credit on David Hemmings' "Dark Horse"; also acted and produced

1989

Last film with Divine, Michael Schroeder's "Out of the Dark"; played small bit as taxi driver

1984

Producing debut, Paul Bartel's "Lust in the Dust"; second time acting with Divine

1983

Reteamed with Hanson as song performer ("Young Love") for "Losin' It"

1982

Appeared in the musical sequel "Grease 2"

1981

First film with Divine, John Waters' "Polyester"

1979

Acted in NBC remake of 1953 film starring Dan Dailey and Anne Bancroft "The Kid From Left Field" opposite Gary Coleman in his TV movie debut

1978

Reteamed with Fabian for NBC movie "Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold"

1977

Replaced Philip Bruns as George Shumway in "Forever Fernwood," the successor to the syndicated soap spoof "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"; plastic surgery was the explanation for the character's radically changed looks

1973

Turned in topnotch performance as lonely Venice Beach psychopath in Curtis Hanson's directing debut "The Arousers"

1972

Provided humorous caricature for John Huston's "The Life and times of Judge Roy Bean"

1965

Appeared in Tony Richardson's "The Loved One," based on the Evelyn Waugh novel

1964

Fabian replaced Avalon for "Ride the Wild Surf"

1963

Acted opposite Frankie Avalon in "Operation Bikini"

1961

Fit the part as Debbie Reynolds' fiancé in "The Pleasure of His Company," based on the Broadway play

1960

Starred as swinging young bachelor Paul Morgan on NBC sitcom "The Tab Hunter Show"

1959

Played young soldier in love with Sophia Loren in Sidney Lumet's "That Kind of Woman"

1959

Starred in CBS special "Meet Me in St Louis" with Jane Powell, Walter Pidgeon, and Myrna Loy

1958

Reteamed with Wellman for "Hell Bent for Glory"

1958

Acted the title role in "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of "Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates" (NBC)

1958

Delivered a memorable turn as Joe Hardy in George Abbott and Stanley Donen's Faustian tale "Damn Yankees," based on the stage musical; performed the songs "Goodbye Old Girl" and "Two Lost Souls"

1958

First credit as song performer, "I'm a Runaway" for "Gunman's Walk"

1956

Starred opposite Natalie Wood in two movies, "The Burning Hills" and "The Girl He Left Behind"

1955

Played wholesome soldier in Raoul Walsh's World War II pic "Battle Cry"

1955

Supported John Wayne and Lana Turner as fresh-faced Cadet Wesser in John Farrow's "The Sea Chase"

1954

First film with director William Wellman, "Track of the Cat"

1953

First of back-to-back movies with director E A Dupont, "The Steel Lady" followed by "Return to Treasure Island" (1954)

1950

Made feature film debut at age 18 in Joseph Losey's "Lawless" despite no previous acting experience

1946

At 15, lied about his age and joined the Coast Guard (date approximate)

Popular songs include "Young Love".

Bonus Trivia

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While Hunter was under contract to Warner Bros., Jack Warner's influence won him the part of Joe Hardy in 'Damn Yankees,' much to the consternation of George Abbott who had championed the role's originator, Stephen Douglass. "I felt like an outsider. To make matters worse, there was a musician's strike, so everyone sang to their own recordings, but I had to sing to Stephen Douglass' singing."Hunter doesn't miss the film industry, but he does say there was something special about the bygone days of the studio system. "It was wonderful. They pushed people in those days. Jack Warner was supportive of the people he had under contract. If Warner said you were starting a new film, that was your job and you had to be there. Those kind of people are gone. Now the conglomerates rule the industry." – Hunter quoted in Variety, July 18-24, 1994

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Hunter revealed his homosexuality in his tell-all memoir Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star (2006). The book outlined a late 1950s relationship with actor Anthony Perkins that lasted several years, as well as brief flings with dancer Rudolf Nureyev, actor Scott Marlowe, and ice-skater Ronnie Robertson.

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