Tab Hunter

Biography

Date of Birth: 11 July 1931, New York City, New York, USA Birth Name: Arthur Andrew Kelm Nickname: the Sigh Guy Height: 6' (1.83 m) Mini Biography He enlisted in the Coast Guard at age 15 (he lied about his age) and, at 18 made his film debut in The Lawless (1950). He had no previous acting experience. Though his acting was stiff and unimaginative, 1950s teenagers adored his blond, boy-next-door appearance and physique. His best-known early film was Battle Cry (1955). The role most remembered today is the part of Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees! (1958). In 1960-1 he had his own TV series "The Tab Hunter Show" (1960), and he appeared regularly as George Shumway in TV's "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (1976). He co-starred three times with female impersonator Divine: Polyester (1981), Out of the Dark (1988), and Lust in the Dust (1985). He wrote the story for his most recent (his 32nd) movie Dark Horse (1992/I), directed by David Hemmings. Trivia Had a #1 hit record, "Young Love", in 1957. Born at 3:00am EDT His bare chest was chosen to adorn the cover of Donald Reuter's book: "Shirtless! The Hollywood Male Physique." He co-executive produced and hosted the cable television series Hollywood on Horses (1989) (V). Following the likes of Richard Chamberlain, Tab released his tell-all 2005 memoir revealing his homosexuality. The book entitled "Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star" outlines a late 1950s relationship with actor Anthony Perkins that lasted several years. Other briefer flings mentioned included dancer Rudolf Nureyev, actor Scott Marlowe and ice-skater Ronnie Robertson. The book was actually written in 2003 but held in release for two years. Was once arrested following an L.A. raid on a "pajama party" in Walnut Park in 1950. Tab was eventually fined $50 for a reduced "disorderly conduct" charge after originally being charged with "idle, lewd or dissolute conduct." The name "Tab Hunter" came from agent Henry Willson who wanted to "tab" the actor wannabe with a catchy new name. "Hunter" came from his skills as a horseman who rode hunters and jumpers. Had a lifelong love for horses. The younger of two boys, older brother Walt died in Vietnam in 1965 leaving seven children. On December 23, 1980, he suffered a heart attack at age 49 while skiing in Taos, New Mexico. In March 1991, he suffered a stroke. He recovered from both. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6320 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Hunter and his companion Allan Glaser met in 1983. The couple co-produced the films Lust in the Dust (1985) and Dark Horse (1992/I). Was Warner Bros. Records' first signee. Filmography Actor : 1992/I Dark Horse Perkins 1988 Grotesque Rod 1988 Out of the Dark Driver 1988 Cameron's Closet Owen Lansing 1985 Lust in the Dust Abel Wood 1984 Masquerade (TV series) – Spying Down to Rio (1984) 1984 The Fall Guy (TV series) Anthony Haley – Bite of the Wasp (1984) … Anthony Haley 1982 Grease 2 Mr. Stuart 1982 Pandemonium Blue Grange 1981 Polyester Todd Tomorrow 1980 Charlie's Angels (TV series) Bill Maddox – Nips and Tucks (1980) … Bill Maddox 1979 The Kid from Left Field (TV movie) Bill Lorant 1979 $weep take$ (TV series) Chip – Episode #1.7 (1979) … Chip 1978 Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (TV movie) Elliot Bender 1978 Hawaii Five-O (TV series) Mel Burgess – Horoscope for Murder (1978) … Mel Burgess 1978 Police Woman (TV series) Martin Quinn – Blind Terror (1978) … Martin Quinn 1977 The Love Boat (TV series) Dave King – The Joker Is Mild/Take My Granddaughter, Please/First Time Out (1977) … Dave King 1977 Forever Fernwood (TV series) George Schumway (post-plastic surgery) 1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood David Hamilton 1976 McMillan & Wife (TV series) Roger Thornton – Greed (1976) … Roger Thornton 1976 Ellery Queen (TV series) John Randall – The Adventure of the Black Falcon (1976) … John Randall 1975 Timber Tramps 1975 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV series) Arnold Blake – The Cross-Country Kidnap (1975) … Arnold Blake 1973 Sweet Kill Eddie Collins 1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Sam Dodd 1972 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law (TV series) – Starting Over Again (1972) 1972 Cannon (TV series) Bob Neal – Treasure of San Ignacio (1972) … Bob Neal 1971 Hacksaw (TV movie) Tim Andrews 1969 No importa morir Richard 1968 Scacco internazionale Patrick Harris 1968 La vendetta è il mio perdono Sheriff Durango 1967 Hostile Guns Mike Reno 1967 El dedo del destino Jerry 1966 Birds Do It Lt. Porter 1965 The Loved One Whispering Glades Tour Guide 1965 The City Under the Sea Ben Harris 1964 Troubled Waters Alex Carswell 1964 Ride the Wild Surf Steamer Lane 1963 Operation Bikini Lt. Morgan Hayes 1962 La freccia d'oro Hassan 1961 The Pleasure of His Company Roger Berk Henderson 1959 They Came to Cordura Lt. William Fowler 1959 That Kind of Woman Red 1958 Damn Yankees! Joe Hardy 1958 Gunman's Walk Ed Hackett 1958 Lafayette Escadrille Thad Walker 1958 Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (TV movie) Hans Brinker 1956 The Girl He Left Behind Andy L. Shaeffer 1956 The Burning Hills Trace Jordon 1955 The Sea Chase Cadet Wesser 1955 Battle Cry Pvt./Cpl. Dan 'Danny' Forrester 1954 Track of the Cat Harold Bridges 1954 Return to Treasure Island Clive Stone 1953 The Steel Lady Bill Larson 1953 Gun Belt Chip Ringo 1952 Saturday Island Marine Corporal Michael J. 'Chicken' Dugan 1950 The Lawless Frank O'Brie

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Polyester

Todd Tomorrow

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Damn Yankees

Joe Hardy

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Lust in the Dust

Abel Wood

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War-Gods of the Deep

Ben Harris

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Gunman's Walk

Ed Hackett

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They Came to Cordura

Lt. William Fowler

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Lafayette Escadrille

Thad Walker

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El Rastro de la Pantera

Harold Bridges

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Grotesque

Rod

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The Golden Arrow

Hassan

Starring In
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Broadway: The Golden Age

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Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon

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Tab Hunter Confidential

Himself

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The True Adventures of Raoul Walsh

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I am Divine

Himself

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Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History

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The Brothers Warner

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50 Years: The Best Of Hollywood

Host / Narrator

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Dark Horse

Perkins

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Cameron's Closet

Owen Lansing

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Grotesque

Rod

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Lust in the Dust

Abel Wood

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Grease 2

Mr. Stuart

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Freitag der 713.

Blue Grange

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Polyester

Todd Tomorrow

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The Kid from Left Field

Bill Lorant

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Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood

David Hamilton

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

George Shumway #2 (unknown episodes, 1977-1978)

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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

Sam Dodd

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Sweet Kill

Eddie Collins

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Hacksaw

Tim Andrews

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The Legion of No Return

Richard

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Shotgun

Sheriff Durango

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Hostile Guns

Mike Reno

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War-Gods of the Deep

Ben Harris

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The Loved One

Whispering Glades Tour Guide

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Ride the Wild Surf

Steamer Lane

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The Golden Arrow

Hassan

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The Pleasure of His Company

Roger Henderson

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Esa Clase de Mujer

Red

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They Came to Cordura

Lt. William Fowler

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Damn Yankees

Joe Hardy

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Lafayette Escadrille

Thad Walker

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Gunman's Walk

Ed Hackett

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The Girl He Left Behind

Andy L. Shaeffer

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The Sea Chase

Cadet Wesser

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Battle Cry

Pvt. / Cpl. Dan 'Danny' Forrester

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El Rastro de la Pantera

Harold Bridges

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Gun Belt

Chip Ringo

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Island of Desire

Marine Corporal Michael J. 'Chicken' Dugan

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The Lawless

Frank O'Brien

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