Hollywood's iconic golden-haired boy Tab Hunter dead, aged 86


Now, "sad news" regarding Tab Hunter, who made hearts thump in general in the '50s: The actor and singer has died, just three days before he would have turned 87, per a Facebook page tied to the star.

He went on to star in the likes of 1958 musical Damn Yankees! as well as Battle Cry, The Burning Hills and Lafayette Escadrille.

After decades of silence, Hunter confirmed long-standing rumors about his homosexuality in his autobiography, Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, published in 2005.

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. THR reports his music inspired Warner Bros., the studio behind most of his films, to launch Warner Bros. He also disclosed his PR relationships with actresses such as Debbie Reynolds and Natalie Wood to hide his real-life affairs with men such as "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins.

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Hunter was born Arthur Andrew Kelm on July 11, 1931, in New York City, but later moved to California when he was young.

Glaser also told the Times that Hunter was a religious man who worked with paralyzed veterans and animals. One notable later role came in John Waters' 1981 film "Polyester", in which Hunter starred alongside the iconic drag performer Divine. TV roles included Playhouse 90, Conflict, Climax and, from 1960-61, his own romantic-comedy series The Tab Hunter Show.

He joined the U.S. Coast Guard at age 15, but eventually was discharged when the service discovered his age.

Those two films framed Hunter in one of Hollywood's oldest lies: a false romance with Wood, meant to create a protective smoke screen in front of his homosexuality.

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Writing the book was hard, he told The Associated Press in 2005, "because I'm a really private person". Zachary Quinto, who is now working on a movie about Hunter's life and love with Anthony Perkins, wrote a long tribute to the actor on his Instagram account. She said Hunter was always the "most humble, ordinary guy you could possibly meet".

He collapsed on Sunday in the arms of his husband of 35 years, Allan Glaser, at their home before being rushed to the hospital.

"I thought, 'Look, get it from the horse's mouth and not from some horse's a* em *THR's Scott Feinberg in 2015. I'm very old-fashioned", he said in a 2015 interview.

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