Hollywood Golden Boy, Tan Hunter, Passes Away At 86

Tab Hunter, the handsome heartthrob of Hollywood’s golden age, has passed away at the age of 86 in his home in Santa Barbara, California.
Tab Hunter (screen capture from Damn Yankees)

Tab Hunter, the handsome heartthrob of Hollywood’s golden age, has passed away at the age of 86 in his home in Santa Barbara, California.

The news was announced on the Facebook page for the 2015 documentary about his life, Tab Hunter: Confidential:

A representative reported the death was due to a blood clot.

With a career spanning over 40 films from the 1950s like Damn Yankees! and Battle Cry to the 1980s in Grease 2, and John Waters’ movies Polyester and Lust in the Dust, Hunter had recently returned to the spotlight after coming out in his 2005 memoir, Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.

Hunter also enjoyed some success in the music world, scoring a hit single with “Young Love” in 1957.

A revealing documentary based on his memoir was released in 2015 simply titled, Tab Hunter Confidential. The documentary is currently on Netflix and I can’t recommend it enough.

His most notable recent public appearance was attending a performance of the acclaimed revival of The Boys in the Band on Broadway. The 86-year-old was spotted backstage speaking with one of the play’s stars, Zachary Quinto, who is producing a new biopic regarding the longtime, secret romance between Hunter and actor Anthony Perkins.

Fearful of losing his all-American image, Hunter never spoke about his sexuality until his memoir in 2005.

In an interview from last year with the Pocono Record, he said:

“If I had come out during my acting career in the 1950s, I would not have had a career. Not much in Hollywood has changed in 60 years. I really didn’t talk about my sexuality until I wrote my autobiography. My film career had long since been over by then. I believe one’s sexuality is one’s own business. I really don’t go around discussing it. Call me ’old school’ on that topic.”

Hunter would have turned 87 this Wednesday, July 11.

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“We’re doing a lady,” says Bobby. “I haven’t done a lady in years,” responds apparent bisexual legend Antoni. Check out the new trailer below!

Trailer: “Tab Hunter Confidential”

From the movie’s official website:

Throughout the 1950s, Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood’s ultimate male heartthrob. In dozens of films – and in the pages of countless movie magazines – Tab’s astonishing looks and golden-boy sex appeal drove his fans to screaming, delirious frenzy, making him the prototype for all young matinee idols to come.

Bristling against being just another pretty face and wanting to be taken seriously, Tab was one of the few to be able to transcend pin-up boy status. He earned his stripes as an actor to become a major movie star and recording artist.

But throughout his years of stardom, Tab had a secret. Tab Hunter was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. Now, Tab’s dramatic, turbulent and ultimately inspiring life story has become an explosive documentary feature directed by Emmy award winning filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz.

In theaters mid-October 2015.