Tab Hunter

Tab Hunter

Highest Rated: 93% Polyester (1981)

Lowest Rated: 33% Lust in the Dust (1985)

Birthday: Jul 11, 1931

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Tab Hunter parlayed his all-American blond good looks and wholesomeness into screen stardom, becoming an idol for 1950s teenagers who adored his boy-next-door persona and physique. He was cast in Joseph Losey's "The Lawless" (1950), despite having no previous acting experience, and earned his first starring role in 1952's "Island of Desire" opposite Linda Darnell. He went on to play the ingénue for the likes of Raoul Walsh ("Battle Cry," 1955), William Wellman ("Lafayette Escadrille," aka "Hellbent for Glory," 1958) and Sidney Lumet ("That Kind of Woman," 1959). He also launched a recording career, and had a hit record in 1957 with the song "Young Love," which appeared at #1 on the Billboard charts for six straight weeks and sold over one million copies. Hunter appeared in "Gunman's Walk" (1958), as well as performed the song "I'm a Runaway" in the film. Later that year he delivered his memorable portrayal of long-suffering Washington Senators fan Joe Hardy in George Abbott and Stanley Donen's Faustian musical, "Damn Yankees," and appeared opposite Geraldine Page in the Emmy-nominated "Portrait of a Murderer" installment of "Playhouse 90." In the 1960s, he starred in pictures such as "Operation Bikini" (1963) and "Ride the Wild Surf" (1964), and appeared in Tony Richardson's "The Loved One" (1965). During this time, he also starred in his own series on NBC, and, in 1964, performed on Broadway opposite Tallulah Bankhead in the Tennessee Williams play "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore." Hunter returned to the big screen in the 1970s with John Huston's "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972), then attempted to reinvent himself in parts satirizing his popular image, including a role in the showbiz satire "Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood" (1978) and "Grease 2" (1982). Perhaps his finest performance was as the lonely Venice Beach psychopath of Curtis Hanson's directing debut, "The Arousers" (1973), but he also acted in three movies with Divine, most notably John Waters' "Polyester" (1981). Hunter produced Paul Bartel's Western spoof "Lust in the Dust" (1984), as well as starred opposite Divine, and picked up a story credit for David Hemmings' "Dark Horse" (1992). In later years, he was often featured as an interview subject in documentaries about Hollywood figures, including "Wild Bill, Hollywood Maverick: The Life and Times of William A. Wellman" (1995) and "I Am Divine" (2013), and on TV in "Sophia Loren: Actress Italian Style" (A&E, 1997) and "Natalie Wood: The E! True Hollywood Story" (1997). In 2005, Hunter released his autobiography, "Tab Hunter Confidential," which became a New York Times bestseller. The book was the basis for a documentary film in 2015, produced by Allan Glaser and directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, which premiered at the South by Southwest festival and subsequently played at a number of other festivals and screenings, and received a theatrical release in October of that year. Both the book and film dealt extensively with Hunter's status as a deeply closeted gay man in a period of extreme homophobia in American culture. Tab Hunter died of a heart attack caused by deep vein thrombosis on July 8, 2018, He was 86.

Highest rated movies

Tab Hunter Confidential
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
They Came to Cordura
Damn Yankees
Out of the Dark
The Loved One
War Gods of the Deep




88% 96% Tab Hunter Confidential Unknown (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 53% The Brothers Warner Unknown (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 67% Dark Horse Perkins (Character) - 1992
50% 29% Out of the Dark Driver (Character) $419.4K 1989
No Score Yet 12% Grotesque Rod (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 18% Cameron's Closet Owen Lansing (Character) $10.8K 1987
33% 79% Lust in the Dust Abel Wood (Character) - 1985
38% 53% Grease 2 Mr. Stuart (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 46% Pandemonium Blue Grange (Character) - 1982
93% 81% Polyester Todd Tomorrow (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold Elliot Bender (Character) - 1978
80% 74% The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Sam Dodd (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 0% Hacksaw Tim Andrews (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arousers Eddie Collins (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Chance Patrick Harris (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hostile Guns Mike Reno (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fickle Finger of Fate Jerry (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Birds Do It Lt. Porter (Character) - 1966
45% 77% The Loved One Whispering Glades Tour Guide (Character) - 1965
40% 23% War Gods of the Deep Ben Harris (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 48% Ride the Wild Surf Steamer Lane (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man With Two Faces Alex Carswell (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 0% The Golden Arrow Hassan (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Bikini Lt. Morgan Hayes (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 55% The Pleasure of His Company Roger Berk Henderson (Character) - 1961
80% 49% They Came to Cordura Lt. William Fowler (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 54% That Kind of Woman Red (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates Hans Brinker (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 88% Gunman's Walk Ed Hackett (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 25% Lafayette Escadrille Thad Walker (Character) - 1958
78% 69% Damn Yankees Joe Hardy (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 10% The Girl He Left Behind Andy L. Shaeffer (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 47% The Burning Hills Trace Jordon (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 54% The Sea Chase Cadet Wesser (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 47% Battle Cry Pvt./Cpl. Dan "Danny" Forrester (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Return to Treasure Island Clive Stone (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 50% Track of the Cat Harold Bridges (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Steel Lady Bill Larson (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gun Belt Chip Ringo (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Island of Desire Marine Corporal Michael J. "Chicken" Dugan (Character) - 1952


No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1983-1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Benson Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Martin Quinn (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Bob Neal (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1957 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1955