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BREAKING: Hollywood legend Tab Hunter dead aged 86

BREAKING: Hollywood legend Tab Hunter dead aged 86

Tab Hunter

A message posted to the Facebook page Tab Hunter Confidential has announced that the actor has died.

‘SAD NEWS: Tab passed away tonight three days shy of his 87th birthday. Please honor his memory by saying a prayer on his behalf. He would have liked that.’

No cause of death has been announced. The timing of the message would indicate Hunter passed away Sunday evening California time.

Tab Hunter in 2017 (Photo: Tab Hunter Confidential)

Tab Hunter was born Arthur Gelien in New York in 1931. He relocated to California with his mother after his parents split up when he was still a child.

He shot to fame in Hollywood in the 1950s. The first role that really began to get him noticed was as Robert Mitchum’s younger brother in Track of the Cat (1955).

He then starred in Battlecry (1955),Warner Bros’ biggest hit of the year. Hollywood stardom ensued, and he was Warner’s most popular male star between 1955-59.

He also had a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with Young Love, enjoyed a short-lived sitcom on US TV in the early 1960s, and played numerous theatrical roles.

Hiding his sexuality and coming out

At a time when homosexuality was strictly taboo, Hunter kept his sexuality secret, although he had relationships with fellow actor Anthony Perkins (of Psycho fame), and figure skater Robbie Robertson. Up until his death, he had been with partner, producer Allan Glaser for 35 years.

Although his famed waned in the late 60s and 1970s, his was rediscovered by younger generations by appearing in John Waters’ cult classic, Polyester, opposite Divine, in 1981.

After decades of rumors, Hunter publicly acknowledged his sexuality in his best-selling, 2005 memoir, Tab Hunter Confidential. The book was later turned into a documentary that played at LGBTI film festivals around the world. Hunter personally appeared at some screenings to take part in Q&A sessions.

The social media accounts for Tab Hunter Confidential have since been a source of Tab Hunter news, posting new photos from Tab and Allan and messages from Tab to fans.

It was recently announced that actor Zachary Quinto and director JJ Abrams are to co-produce a movie exploring the love affair between Hunter and Perkins. Hunter’s partner. Glaser, will co-produce.


Hunter’s partner, Allan Glaser, has confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that the actor died following a heart attack brought on by a blood clot. He called Hunter’s death ‘unexpected and sudden.’