Legendary 1950's Actor Tab Hunter Dies At Age 86

Hollywood star Tab Hunter has died aged 86

Actor, recording artist, film producer, and author Tab Hunter has died at the age of 86.

But in his memoir, "Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star", Hunter recounted the stresses of being a love object to millions of young women when he was, in reality, a gay man.

Willson, whose client roster included Rock Hudson, Robert Wagner, Troy Donahue and Rory Calhoun, was once described wryly as having a knack for "discovering and renaming young actors whose visual appeal transcended any lack of ability".

A Facebook page to promote the 2015 documentary on his life, Tab Hunter Confidential, also confirmed Hunter's death alongside two photos.

Hunter was born Arthur Andrew Kelm on July 11, 1931, in New York City, but later moved to California when he was young.

Glaser told the Los Angeles Times that Hunter collapsed in his arms at their home, and he was rushed to the hospital.

With no dramatic training, Hunter was cast in a minor role in the 1950 drama, "The Lawless". At the age of 15, he entered the Coast Guard after lying about his age. "I'm very grateful for this road that I've been on - it's been a good one".

It was well-known Hollywood lore that that studio head Jack Warner was "annoyed" that his studio did not have a record company to capitalize on Hunter's vocal skills, so he started one.

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Hunter also launched a career in music and had his first hit single "Young Love" in 1957.

Hunter was a mega star, most remembered for 1958's classic Damn Yankees.

He revealed he had been told by his partner Glaser someone was planing on writing a book about him, telling the publication in 2015: "I thought, 'Look, get it from the horse's mouth and not from some other horse's a** after I'm dead an gone".

Though his fame soared in the 1950s and 1960s, Hunter later faded from sight, returning in the 1980s to a second act of a sort as the star of cult films, notably John Waters' Polyester (1981) and Paul Bartel's Lust in the Dust (1985); Hunter also starred in Grease 2.

Despite being publicly closeted for much of his life, Hunter had relationships with Psycho star Anthony Perkins and figure skater Ronnie Robertson before settling down with Glaser.

In June it was announced that JJ Abrams and Zachary Quinto are producing the movie "Tab & Tony" about the secret love affair.

"I just have never been comfortable talking about my sexuality", Hunter said.

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