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.


Tall, dark, virile, young-looking American leading man, a favorite target for fan mail throughout the fifties at Twentieth Century-Fox, where his career ran parallel to that of Robert Wagner, with whom he often appeared in films. Away from Fox, Hunter got himself into a variety of out-of-the-way projects, that were not given wide distribution, and his name dropped from the popularity polls. Married to Barbara Rush (first of three) from 1950 to 1955. Died after surgery following injuries sustained in a fall.

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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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William Pittenger: [Narrating about James J. Andrews] James J. Andrews was a man of mystery as befitted his location. Though in reality a Union Spy, he was trusted throughout the South as a blockade runner. It was typical that even now as he neared our lines he was riding a horse he had borrowed from the Confederates.

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.

Gordon Grant: There. Okay, let's go.

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During his marriage to Emily McLaughlin in 1969, he expressed an interest in appearing on her daytime hit, "General Hospital." The show's producer didn't believe him, but his interest was sincere.

Served in the United States Navy, under the service number 960 39 80, from May 28, 1945 to May 25, 1946. Received a Medical Discharge as a Seaman First Class and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.

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.

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