Tab Hunter
American actor and singer
Tab Hunter
Tab Hunter is an American actor, singer, former teen idol and author who has starred in over forty major films.
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Tab Hunter's personal information overview.
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George Takei Reveals Why He Stayed Closeted For So Long
Huffington Post - about 1 year
George Takei, currently starring in the Broadway musical "Allegiance," inspired by his own family’s struggles as Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II, opened up about the enormous conflict he felt early on in his career being gay but remaining closeted. It wasn't until 2005 that the legendary actor who played Sulu in the original 1960s' "Star Trek" series came out. “My father told me about American democracy,” he said in an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress. “And he said you have to be actively engaged in the political process to make our democracy work. So I’ve been doing that my entire life. Civil rights movement. The peace movement during the Viet Nam conflict. The movement to get an apology and redress for Japanese-Americans. But I was silent on that one issue that was closest to me.” Takei said he watched the career of closeted gay Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter, whose life was the subject of the recent documentary, "Tab Hunter Confidential," quic ...
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Easygoing, enjoyable 'Tab Hunter Confidential' accurately reflects its star
LATimes - over 1 year
As engaging and unfussy as its star, the documentary "Tab Hunter Confidential" has more appeal as a nostalgic look at Hollywood celebrity than as a major statement about life in and out of the closet. Director Jeffrey Schwarz ("Vito," "I Am Divine"), with a warm on-camera assist from long-retired...
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Tab Hunter gets 'Confidential' in a new film; his life's just dreamy
LATimes - over 1 year
During the 1950s, Tab Hunter seemingly had the world on a string. He was breathtakingly handsome. A top star at Warner Bros., he was best known for the 1958 musical comedy "Damn Yankees." He had a successful recording career — "Young Love" was his biggest hit — and was one of the main heartthrobs...
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Hollywood screen legend Tab Hunter sits down with 'Red Eye'
Fox News - over 1 year
1950s heartthrob looks back on his life
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Review: ‘Tab Hunter Confidential,’ About a Heartthrob
NYTimes - over 1 year
Jeffrey Schwarz’s documentary charts the rise and fall of a onetime screen pretty boy.
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'I Am Divine' review: Drag queen writ large
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
The impeccably researched film, with an eye to history, reflects the professional approach of Divine, a disciplined artist real name: The documentary features fun archival footage and interviews with such luminaries as John Waters, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Tab Hunter, San Francisco's Joshua Grannell (a.k.a. Peaches Christ), and Milstead's mother, Frances. The interview subjects not only tell interesting Divine stories, but also put this one-of-a-kind actor in historical and cultural context.
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Charlotte Robinson: Legendary Filmmakers Talk Movies and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In this exclusive audio montage I talk with legendary filmmakers, gay and straight alike, at the 15th annual Provincetown International Film Festival press luncheon. First, cinematographer Ed Lachman (Far From Heaven, Erin Brockovich, Desperately Seeking Susan) talks about his films, receiving the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award at the PIFF this year and his spin on LGBT issues. Then director John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Serial Mom) shares intimate film stories, especially about Divine, and hopefully I'll talk to him again when his new book, Car Sick, is published. John has been instrumental with the PIFF since its start and was the first recipient of the Filmmaker on the Edge Award, in 1999. Then legendary director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dress to Kill, Scarface) talks about his new film, Passion, starring Rachel McAdams, and his belief that the LGBT community should have the same rights as any American citizen. Next, Killer Films co-founder and p ...
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Mary Fifield: Mitt: The Man With the Mechanized Head
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Back in the late eighties, those of us who had loved the surrealistic British series The Prisoner -- about a man who was trapped in a world he could make no sense of--turned our attention to another television anti-hero, a bumptious guy named Max Headroom. Max was the after-death incarnation of Edison Carter, an investigative reporter in a dystopian U.S. ruled by the television networks. When Carter dies in a motorcycle accident while attempting to flee network heavies, a colleague uploads his brain into a computerized avatar that he then christens Max Headroom, "Max Headroom" being the last thing Carter sees on a low-hanging garage sign before crashing his bike. The avatar Max was flamboyantly robotic. Plastic and platitudinous, he blustered his way through life. The series lasted two seasons. But Max, it turns out, lives on. His 2012 alter ego? Mitt Romney. Could Mitt's embodiment of Max mean that he will default intellectually during the first presidential debate on O ...
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Gwen Davis: The Road Not Taken
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Those of you who know me long and well and those of you who think you know me but have no idea where I am going with all this, which I sometimes don't either, are certainly aware of my loathing for technology, at least the part of it that keeps us from having eye contact (eye contact? What's that?) and real conversation. But as I am not genuinely intractable, I let myself be dragged, mutedly screaming and sort of kicking into the 21st century because of what may be serendipity, or part of divine design, because if God didn't mean us to move on, He/She wouldn't have given us Steve Jobs. So it was that I found myself at the Apple store on Fifth Avenue just before I went to Bali the second time to write my (I hope) chef d'oeuvre, my first book I had finished there, SCANDAL, (available at Amazon.com) hustled out into the e-world because I thought/hoped there was something more important to come to which I wanted to devote my full energies. At Apple, having signed up for on ...
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James A. Fragale: Books You Hold in Your Hand
Misformusic - almost 5 years
During an interview with humorist Buck Henry for The Writer's Digest, as we discussed our reading preferences, the actor-writer put forth this curious theory: "There are shrinks who say that the need to carry reading is a surrogate masturbatory act; a defensive mechanism to protect against continual masturbation... " As tantalizing as it might be, I suspect sometimes an avid reader is just a cigar -- which brings me to electronic devices. After much trepidation, I'm finally shopping for an electronic reader. ("They" are making it awfully attractive and appealing to own an e-reader). But, I ask, do I want to join the legion of hip New Yorkers on public transportation and nice streets, glued to electronic gadgets? Maybe. Before I take on a new obsession, I'd like to share the last few conventional books on which I turned the pages -- the old-fashioned way. Ponies and Rainbows -- The Life of James Kirkwood by Sean Egan. James (Jimmy) Kirkwood was a friend. Once, at Ted Hoo ...
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'Leave It to Beaver' and 'Love Boat' stars join world cruise - USA Today
Google News - over 5 years
For pop culture fans, it's a bonanza with guests Jerry Mathers, star of the classic sitcom Leave It to Beaver; Gavin MacLeod, the captain from The Love Boat; and actor and former teen idol Tab Hunter. The cruise, which leaves Fort Lauderdale on Jan
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Twenty Iconic Male Movie Roles In Which Helen Mirren Would Have Ruled - NPR (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It's a women's prison, Andy is played by, say, Maria Bello (heh), and Red is the dame who can get you a poster of a dripping-wet Tab Hunter. Cut! Print! 6. Ben Bradlee, All The President's Men. Okay. I'll admit that since it's a real person,
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Triumph of the nerds - NOW Toronto
Google News - over 5 years
If you're lucky, he might throw in an extemporaneous Tab Hunter story, which these days is as geeky as it gets. Oh, and speaking of geeky, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that Daniel Cockburn's You Are Here has had its TIFF Bell Lightbox run
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Book Review: GAY LETTERS From Millicent to Maude - Gayapolis
Google News - over 5 years
With mentions and anecdotes about Colette, Adlai Stevenson, Lillian Gish, Gary Grant, Randolph, Blanche DuBois, Dorothy Kilgallen, Tab Hunter and Tallulah Bankhead to name but just a few notable individuals of yesteryear! The writings are bitchy,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tab Hunter
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 83
    A 2015 documentary about his life, Tab Hunter Confidential, was directed by Jeffrey Schwarz and produced by Hunter's partner Allan Glaser.
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  • 2007
    Age 75
    Hunter's autobiography, Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star (2005), co-written with Eddie Muller, became a New York Times best-seller as did the paperback edition in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The book is still currently in publication and was nominated for several writing awards. It re-entered the New York Times Best Seller list on June 28, 2015 during the release of the documentary film based on the book. In the book, he acknowledged that he is gay, confirming rumors that had circulated since the height of his fame. According to William L. Hamilton of The New York Times, detailed reports about Hunter's alleged romances with close friends Debbie Reynolds and Natalie Wood were strictly the fodder of studio publicity departments. As Wood and Hunter embarked on a well-publicized but fictitious romance, promoting his apparent heterosexuality while promoting their films, insiders developed their own headline for the item: "Natalie Wood and Tab Wouldn't." Hunter became close enough with Etchika Choureau, his co-star in Lafayette Escadrille, and Joan Perry, widow of Harry Cohn, to contemplate marriage, but he thought he never could maintain a marriage, and remained merely platonic friends with both women.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1988
    Age 56
    Hunter had a major role in the 1988 horror film Cameron's Closet.
    More Details Hide Details He also wrote and starred in Dark Horse (1992).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 28
    On July 9, 1960, prior to the program's debut, he was arrested by Glendale, California police for allegedly beating his dog Fritz.
    More Details Hide Details His 11-day trial started in mid-October, a month after The Tab Hunter Show debuted on Sunday evenings on NBC. The neighbor who initiated the charges had done so for spite when Hunter declined her repeated invitations to dinner, and he was acquitted by the jury. The Tab Hunter Show had moderate ratings (due to being scheduled opposite The Ed Sullivan Show) and was hence canceled after one season, but it was a huge hit in the United Kingdom, where it ranked as one of the top situation comedies of the year. For a short time in the late 1960s, after several seasons of starring in summer stock and dinner theater in shows such as Bye Bye Birdie, The Tender Trap, Under the Yum Yum Tree and West Side Story with some of the New York cast, Hunter settled in the south of France, where he acted in spaghetti westerns, including Hostile Guns (1967) and Vengeance Is My Forgiveness (1968). He won a supporting role in successful fiim The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), but it didn't lead to a comeback. His career was revived in the 1980s, when he starred opposite actor Divine in John Waters' Polyester (1981) and Paul Bartel's Lust in the Dust (1985). He is particularly remembered by later audiences as Mr. Stewart, the substitute teacher in Grease 2 (1982), who sang "Reproduction."
  • 1958
    Age 26
    Hunter starred in the 1958 musical film Damn Yankees, in which he played Joe Hardy of Washington DC's American League baseball club.
    More Details Hide Details The film had originally been a Broadway show, but Hunter was the only one in the film version who had not appeared in the original cast. The show was based on the 1954 best-selling book The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop. Hunter later said the filming was hellish because director George Abbott was only interested in recreating the stage version word for word. Hunter was Warner Bros.' top money-grossing star from 1955 through 1959. Hunter's failure to win the role of Tony in the film adaptation of West Side Story (1961) prompted him to agree to star in a weekly television sitcom.
  • 1957
    Age 25
    Hunter had a 1957 hit record with the song "Young Love," which was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six weeks and became one of the larger hits of the Rock 'n' Roll era.
    More Details Hide Details It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. He also had the hit "Ninety-Nine Ways," which peaked at #11. His success prompted Jack L. Warner to enforce the actor's contract with the Warner Bros. studio by banning Dot Records, the label for which Hunter had recorded the single (and which was owned by rival Paramount Pictures), from releasing a follow-up album he had recorded for them. He established Warner Bros. Records specifically for Hunter.
  • 1956
    Age 24
    In 1956, he received 62,000 Valentines.
    More Details Hide Details Hunter, James Dean, and Natalie Wood were the last of the actors placed under exclusive studio contract to Warner Bros.
  • 1955
    Age 23
    In September 1955, the tabloid magazine Confidential reported Hunter's 1950 arrest for disorderly conduct.
    More Details Hide Details The innuendo-laced article, and a second one focusing on Rory Calhoun's prison record, were the result of a deal Henry Willson had brokered with the scandal rag in exchange for not revealing his more prominent client Rock Hudson's sexual orientation to the public. This not only had no negative effect on Hunter's career, but also a few months later he was named Most Promising New Personality in a nationwide poll sponsored by the Council of Motion Picture Organizations.
    However, his co-starring role as young Marine Danny in 1955's World War II drama Battle Cry, in which he has an affair with an older woman, but ends up marrying the girl next door, cemented his position as one of Hollywood's top young romantic leads.
    More Details Hide Details His other hit films include The Burning Hills with Natalie Wood, That Kind of Woman with Sophia Loren, Gunman's Walk with Van Heflin, and The Pleasure of His Company with Debbie Reynolds. He went on to star in over 40 major films and became a cult star in the 1980s appearing in Lust in the Dust, Polyester, and Grease 2.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    Born on July 11, 1931.
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