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Monday, July 9, 2018

Remembering Tab Hunter 1931 - 2018



Actor Tab Hunter, who died Sunday at age 86, starred in more than 40 films, including Island of Desire (1952), Return to Treasure Island (1954), Battle Cry (1955), The Burning Hills (1956), The Girl He Left Behind (1956), Gunman's Walk (1958), Damn Yankees (1958), That Kind of Woman (1959), The Pleasure of His Company (1961), Operation Bikini (1963), Ride the Wild Surf (1964), The Loved One (1965), Sweet Kill (1972), The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), Polyester (1981), Pandemonium (1982), Grease 2 (1982), Lust in the Dust (1985), Cameron's Closet (1988), Dark Horse (1992) and the 2015 documentary, Tab Hunter Confidential (which was inspired by his 2005 autobiography). He also starred in the 1960-61 NBC sitcom, The Tab Hunter Show, and in 19 episodes of Norman Lear's 1977-78 Mary Hartman spinoff, Forever Fernwood.

In 1964, Hunter appeared on Broadway opposite Tallulah Bankhead in Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. And in 1957, he had a hit record with "Young Love," which was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six weeks. He later received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the music industry.

Hunter had long-term relationships with actor Anthony Perkins and champion figure skater Ronnie Robertson before settling down with his partner of over 35 years, film producer Allan Glaser, who survives him.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Tab Hunter's life and career.

The Girl He Left Behind (1956) with Natalie Wood



The Perry Como Show on February 2, 1957



What's My Line? (as the Mystery Guest) on February 3, 1957



"Portrait of a Murderer" episode of CBS's Playhouse 90 on February 27, 1958



Damn Yankees (1958) with Gwen Verdon



The NBC special, Summer on Ice, with Rosemary Clooney, Tony Randall and the Ice Capades on June 1, 1959 (Hunter was a competitive figure skater as a teenager)



"Merman on Broadway" episode of the NBC anthology series, Startime, on November 24, 1959



A 1977 interview with Dan Rather on CBS's Who's Who



Polyester (1981) with Divine



Grease 2 (1982) with Connie Stevens



A 1988 interview with John A. Gallagher



A CBS Sunday Morning interview on October 23, 2005

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