Actor Tab Hunter, star of 'Damn Yankees!' movie, dies at age 86

Hollywood star Tab Hunter has died aged 86

Tab Hunter, the blond teenage heartthrob in the 1950s who made his name with such films as "Battle Cry" and "Damn Yankees!", has died at age 86.

In 1955, Hunter was almost outed by the magazine Confidential when it highlighted his five-year-old arrest for disorderly conduct at a "pajama party" attended by a number of gay people.

Hunter had a 1957 hit record with the song "Young Love", which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six weeks (seven weeks on the UK Chart) and became one of the larger hits of the Rock "n" Roll era.

Following decades of speculation, Hunter spoke out about his sexuality in his autobiography, Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, back in 2005.

Tab Hunter in 2015. The film had originally been a Broadway show, but Hunter was the only one in the film version who had not appeared in the original cast.

It was Willson who gave him his stage name of "Tab Hunter" and he soon signed with Warner Bros., which is now owned by CNN's parent company AT&T.

Pakistan vs Australia T20I Tri-series final Match 6
No Pakistani player ranks among the top five in any of the Test cricket rankings. "If you are the No.1 side you have to stand up". Pakistan has the edge over Australia after they defeated Australia by 45 runs in the group match.

Playing a WWII soldier in 1955's "Battle Cry", adapted from the Leon Uris novel of the same name, made Hunter a star and he followed with roles in films including "The Burning" and "The Girl He Left Behind", both opposite a young Natalie Wood.

However, he was forced to disguise his sexual orientation and relationships with Anthony Perkins, star of Psycho, and figure skater Ronnie Robertson.

Hunter's most famous role was Joe Hardy in the 1958 Damn Yankees! movie. "The dilemma, of course, that was being true to myself - and I'm talking sexually now - was impossible in 1953".

"I believed, wholeheartedly - still do - that a person's happiness depends on being true to themselves", Hunter wrote. Glaser called the death "sudden and unexpected". The two next co-starred in 1985's Lust in the Dust, a western comedy film that also featured Lainie Kazan.

The pair also co-produced Dark Horse in 1992, about a young girl who, with her beloved horse, is injured and must find the courage to ride again; the film starred Hunter, Ed Begley Jr, Mimi Rogers and Natalie Wood's daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner. J.J. Abrams, Hunter's husband and producing partner Allan Glaser and Neil Koenigsberg are working on on a movie about the star for Paramount titled Hunter, with Zachary Quinto set to star.

"He collapsed in my arms in the front lawn and I called 911 and we raced him to the hospital", Glaser told The Los Angeles Times; Hunter later died at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. And it was not what people, you know, perceived. "I just didn't like any suggestions or questioning of my sexuality".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 4 more boys brought out of flooded Thai cave
Jul 10, 2018 - 02:22
A family member told CNN Monday that they hadn't been told which boys had been pulled out, and who is still trapped in the cave. Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue operation, said a team of divers went back into the cave Monday morning, local time.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty to Latest Sex-Crime Charges
Jul 10, 2018 - 02:09
A couple of TV satellite trucks were parked across the street, and about three dozen members of the media filled the courtroom. The 66-year-old was brought into NY state Supreme Court wearing handcuffs, but he was uncuffed during proceedings.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey opposes Supreme Court pick before final decision
Jul 10, 2018 - 02:08
Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states. Circuit Court of Appeals on October 31, has faced opposition by abortion rights groups because she has called Roe v.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Roger Federer, Serena Williams in Wimbledon masterclass as Caroline Wozniacki crashes
Jul 10, 2018 - 02:05
Agassi, a victor of eight grand slam titles in a stellar career, is at a loss to explain Federer's incredible achievements. Del Potro was leading 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5), 5-7 when his tie with Simon was halted for the night due to darkness.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fernando Hierro leaves job as Spain coach after World Cup exit
Jul 10, 2018 - 02:01
Lopetegui had taken the Real Madrid job without informing his employers, a betrayal that left Rubiales and the Spanish FA seething.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ant-Man and the Wasp Conquers the Weekend Box Office with $76M
Jul 10, 2018 - 01:47
And if you are among those who saw Ant-Man And The Wasp this weekend and loved it, we have a recommendation for you. This marks the tenth time this year a film based on a Marvel comic character has topped the weekend box office .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Prince Louis christening: Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to miss event
Jul 09, 2018 - 15:32
Prince William and Kate Middleton have opted for friends, rather than immediate family members, as is custom for royal children. Kate Middleton, as patron of All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, could be set to miss her first Wimbledon in years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top More than 80 people killed after massive floods hit Japan
Jul 09, 2018 - 15:13
Japan mobilized tens of thousands of army troops, police and firefighters to undertake rescue efforts . A lot of them were rescued by boats or helicopters.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rohit ton, Pandya career-best give India T20I honours
Jul 09, 2018 - 14:55
India lost two early wickets in the chase but a stand between Rohit and captain Virat Kohli steadied the ship for the side. England left Joe Root off their side to make room for Ben Stokes who had a month off with a hamstring injury.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cormier and Miocic face off at ceremonial weigh-in ahead of UFC 226
Jul 09, 2018 - 14:37
It all could have ended under the bright lights of the octagon, as he celebrated one of the truly all-time great accomplishments. Are we going to get Cormier v Lesnar? White had previously said Lesnar would be returning to the company later this year.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top National Basketball Association free agency grades: Thunder to re-sign Raymond Felton
Jul 08, 2018 - 03:22
Noel was a dependable big man in his first three years in the league, but his production with the Dallas Mavericks dropped. George, a five-time All-Star, was originally selected by the Pacers with the 10th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top With Pruitt’s Departure, More Than A Quarter of Trump’s Cabinet Has Changed
Jul 08, 2018 - 02:28
But Pruitt had also been dogged for months by scandals that spawned more than a dozen federal and congressional investigations. Woman accuses EPA chief Scott Pruitt's environmental policies of harming children's health and future.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Federer and Williams sisters advance at Wimbledon but Wozniacki crashes out
Jul 08, 2018 - 02:06
Five-time champion Venus Williams battled into the third round with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 win over Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tyler Honeycutt dies following gunfire exchange with police
Jul 08, 2018 - 01:47
Starting his career at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Honeycutt was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2011. "As they were communicating with the suspect he fired out of the residence and the officers returned fire", he said .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top "Fortnite" Developer Epic Games Shutting Down Playground Mode
Jul 07, 2018 - 10:11
Although there's no fixed date for when Playgrounds will return, Epic has detailed a bunch of changes for the next version. In Fortnite Playground v2, Epic Games is hoping to give players the ability to choose teams, in groups of 1v1 or 2v2.