Tab Hunter Overview:

Legendary actor, Tab Hunter, was born Arthur Andrew Kelm on Jul 11, 1931 in New York City, NY. Hunter died at the age of 87 on Jul 8, 2018 in Santa Barbara, CA .


Tall, rangy actor with close-cropped fair hair, prime teenage bait at Warner Brothers, for whom he became a hot property in the fifties. Outside their environment, he swam in some strange waters, vainly searching for his former popularity, latterly in continental action films.

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

BlogHub Articles:

Confidential (2015)

on Feb 10, 2017 From Journeys in Classic Film

To many, ’s name doesn’t inspire any recognition. But for?those who enjoy obscure and studio era cinema, Hunter’s?both an intriguing outcast who made quite the career comeback through the work of John Waters, as well as the perfect representation of the 1950s leading man.... Read full article

Confidential now on DVD and Blu-ray

By Stephen Reginald on Aug 29, 2016 From Classic Movie Man

Confidential now on DVD and Blu-ray (born Arthur Andrew Kelm) was a teen idol during the mid-1950s. Hunter starred in dozens of movies—most of which are forgettable—but his popularity with teenage girls was phenomenal, making him a top box office attraction. ... Read full article

Review: Candid Talk with an Eternal Heartthrob in Confidential (2015)

By KC on Jun 21, 2016 From Classic Movies

Tad was serious about his career, but he never took himself that seriously. -John Waters Blonde, handsome, boyish, and without a hint of being on the make, it's no wonder that inspired swoons in his heartthrob heyday. The actor and singer had a bumpy ride in the entertainment industry, ... Read full article

Talks About Hollywood, Then and Now

on Nov 9, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

is the quintessential 1950s male, but he’ll be the first to tell you those days are dead and gone. An actor who’s worked with such titans of the era – just look at the names mentioned throughout – it was hard not shouting out names to him and hearing his responses.... Read full article

By Theresa Brown on Oct 18, 2015 From CineMaven's Essays from the Couch

? That’s right…THE??!?And even got to ask him three questions. The Village East on Manhattan’s East 11th Street and Third Avenue was showing a very limited run of the new documentary: “ CONFIDENTIAL” so I made the trek into the East Village to see it... Read full article

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Tab Hunter Quotes:

Joe Boyd: One long ball hitter, that's what we need! I'd sell my soul for one long ball hitter.

Mr. Applegate: Joe moved into a hotel because... Why did you move, Joe?
Joe Hardy: [dryly] To be near you.

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Hunter and his life-partner Allan Glaser met in 1983. The two co-produced the films "Lust in the Dust" in 1985 and "Dark Horse" in 1992.

His bare chest was chosen to adorn the cover of Donald Reuter's book: "Shirtless! The Hollywood Male Physique."

The name "Tab Hunter" came from agent Henry Willson who wanted to "tab" the actor wannabe with a catchy new name. "Hunter" came from his skills as a horseman who rode hunters and jumpers.

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