Tab Hunter

Actor, Singer, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 07/11/1931 in New York City, New York, USA


Actor (50)

Tab Hunter Confidential 2015 (Movie)


I Am Divine 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

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


Elvis Forever 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


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


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


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


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


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


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)


Lust in the Dust 1984 (Movie)

Abel Wood (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


Grease 2 1982 (Movie)

Mr. Stuart (Actor)

Pandemonium 1982 (Movie)


Polyester 1981 (Movie)

Todd Tomorrow (Actor)

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


Forever Fernwood 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Timber Tramps 1974 (Movie)


Ghost Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


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

Sam Dodd (Actor)

Sweet Kill 1970 (Movie)

Eddie Collins (Actor)

Hostile Guns 1966 (Movie)


Birds Do It 1965 (Movie)

Lieutenant Porter (Actor)

War Gods of the Deep 1965 (Movie)


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)


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)


The Lawless 1950 (Movie)

Frank O'Brien (Actor)

San Francisco International (TV Show)


The Kid From Left Field (TV Show)


The Man with Two Faces (Movie)

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)



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."


Gertrude Gelien

German immigrant; Lutheran

Walt Gelien

Older Died in Vietnam 1965

Allan Glaser Producer

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

Charles Kelm

German immigrant; Jewish



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


Narrated the documentary "The Best of Hollywood"


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


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


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


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


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


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


Appeared in the musical sequel "Grease 2"


First film with Divine, John Waters' "Polyester"


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


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


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


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


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


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


Fabian replaced Avalon for "Ride the Wild Surf"


Acted opposite Frankie Avalon in "Operation Bikini"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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"


Reteamed with Wellman for "Hell Bent for Glory"


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


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


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


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


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


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

Popular songs include "Young Love".

Bonus Trivia


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


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.