Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tab Hunter, gay Hollywood actor, dies aged 86

Veteran out Hollywood actor Tab Hunter has died three days before what would have been his 87th birthday. No cause of death has been publicly shared.

A message on the Facebook page for the documentary Tab Hunter Confidential confirmed the news: “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.”

Hunter was born Arthur Gelien in 1931. After his parents separated when he was a child, he moved to California to stay with his mother.

He started booking acting gigs in Hollywood in the 1950s. After he was cast as Robert Mitchum’s younger brother in 1955’s Track of the Cat, his career started to gain momentum.

He went on to star in Battlecry in the same year, which wound up being a huge hit for Warner Bros. That started a successful run as one of the studio’s go-to leading men.

For decades, Hunter kept his sexuality hidden. As a gay man working in Hollywood at that time, coming out would have meant instant career suicide.

Still, he maintained relationships with some high-profile partners, most famously Psycho star Anthony Perkins and figure skater Robbie Robertson.

For the last 35 years, and up until his death, Hunter was in a relationship with producer Allan Glaser. who helped produce the 2015 documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, based on Hunter’s 2005 memoir of the same name.

May he rest in peace


  1. By Jack Ross: Farewell to another icon

  2. Here are some links to my favorite Tab Hunter videos on YouTube:
    Tab sings Young Love (this is the first time he ever sang live in public in 1957, this hit moved to the top of the #1 charts beating Elvis at the time)
    Tab with Gwen Verdon in what is probably his most famous mainstream movie, 1958's Damn Yankees, in the famous "Whatever Lola Wants" scene.
    The Trailer for Polyester (1981) starring Divine as a Baltimore housewife who has an affair with handsome Tab -- playing Todd Tomorrow.

  3. Thanks Eddi for sharing these videos, he was a big star!