Jeffrey Hunter Overview:

Legendary actor, Jeffrey Hunter, was born Henry Herman McKinnies Jr. on Nov 25, 1926 in New Orleans, LA. Hunter died at the age of 42 on May 27, 1969 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Glen Haven Memorial Park Cemetery in Sylmar, Los Angeles County, CA.

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television. Hunter was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Fred Morrow: Torno do me a favor. Stay as sweet as you are.


Jesus: [during the Last Supper, Jesus catches a bread pronounces the blessing, he breaks him and he gives him to the disciples] Blessed you are you, oh Master, Our King of the Universe that gives us the bread, fruit of the Earth. Take, eat, therefore this is my body that will be given by you, do this in my memory.


William Pittenger: [narrating, about William Campbell] My companion was the giant Bill Campbell. And as I came to know him, I felt a growing concern over his quick and violent temper. One such powder keg could blow our whole expedition sky-high.


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While in Spain to film the Chicago Mafia story ¡Viva América! (1969), Hunter was injured in an on-set explosion, suffering facial lacerations from broken glass and powder burns. Later an old friend, a former British commando, accidentally hit him on the chin with a karate chop when Hunter, who knew judo, failed to defend himself in time, banging the back of his head against a door. Then, while on the plane with his wife returning to the United States, Hunter's right arm suddenly became semi-paralyzed and he lost the power of speech, two signs of a stroke. He was taken directly off the plane upon landing, to a hospital in Los Angeles. He recovered and was released after a couple of weeks. Shortly after signing to co-star with Vince Edwards in The Desperados (1969), Hunter suffered another cerebral hemorrhage while on a short flight of steps in his living room, and collapsed, injuring his head in the fall. It was not known how long he had been unconscious when he was finally found. He died, without regaining consciousness, the following day after surgery to repair the skull fracture, at age 42.

While at Northwestern University, he studied under Alvina Krauss, who also taught such Hollywood luminaries as Charlton Heston, Tony Randall, Cloris Leachman, Claude Akins, Jerry Orbach, Ann-Margret and Warren Beatty. Many years after he graduated, Ms. Krauss stated that Hank McKinnies, as she knew him, was the most talented student she ever had.

He desperately lobbied to be cast as Mike Brady for the TV series "The Brady Bunch" (1969). Producer Sherwood Schwartz would not consider him, as he thought Hunter was "too good-looking to be an architect." Hunter died just months before the show premiered in 1969.

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