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Tab Hunter

Biography

b. Arthur Gelien, 11 July 1931, NEW YORK, NY, USA. This blond-haired, blue-eyed pop vocalist/acting professional was noticed in 1948, operating at a well balanced, by skill scout Dick Clayton. He launched him to Rock and roll Hudson’s Hollywood agent Harry Wilson, who stated ‘We’ve surely got to tabs you something’, after that named him Tabs Hunter. He produced his display debut within the 1950 movieThe Lawless and 2 yrs later on co-starred with Linda Darnell within the English feature Saturday Isle (US name: Isle Of Desire). In past due 1956 he received a telephone call from Randy Solid wood, chief executive of Dot Information, requesting him to record a track recently slice by US nation star Sonny Wayne, the lilting ballad ‘Youthful Like’. Both variations made the united states charts, Hunter achieving #1 1 and Wayne peaking at #2 2. Hunter also topped the united kingdom chart, but Wayne lagged behind at amount 11. He continuing documenting for Dot and strike with the somewhat up-tempo ‘99 Methods’, which narrowly skipped the US Top 10 but produced the UK Best 5 (1957). In the next year he made an appearance within the film edition from the Broadway present Damn Yankees, with Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston. As Warner Brothers acquired him under agreement to make movies, they resented him documenting for Dot and set up their very own record label in 1958. He agreed upon, with moderate achievement, and in 1960 starred in his very own NBC US tv series. Hunter continuing his performing and appeared contrary Fabian within the 1964 ‘seaside party’ featureRide The Crazy Browse. He was still performing within the 80s, notably with Divine in John Waters’ Polyester andLust In The Dirt, and also within the Grease sequel, Grease 2. In the past due 80s Hunter transferred to Mexico to create, and create a film creation company, among the fruits which was the 1992 ‘family members’ picture Dark Equine.

Quick Facts


Full Name Tab Hunter
Height 1.82 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Author, Film producer, Television producer
Nationality American
Parents Gertrude Gelien, Charles Kelm
Siblings Walt Gelien
Partner Allan Glaser, Allan Glaser
Music Songs Young Love, Ninety Nine Ways, Apple Blossom Time, I Don't Know Why I Love You But I Do, Red Sails in the Sunset, Reproduction, I Ain't Got Nobody, Hey Good Lookin', Damn Yankees: Goodbye, Old Girl, I Love You, Yes I Do, There's No Fool Like A Young Fool, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Damn Yankees: Two Lost Souls, Goodbye Old Girl, My Baby Just Cares For Me, When I Fall In Love, You Cheated, Jealous Heart, Moonlight Bay, But Beautiful, I've Got A New Heartache, Headin' Down The Wrong Highway, Invitation To The Blues, Oh Lonesome Me, It's The Bottle Talking, Bummin' Around, Don't Let It Get Around, I'll Never Be Free, Black Coat, Damn Yankees: A Little Brains, A Little Talent, 99 Ways, Damn Yankees: Six Months Out Of Every Year
Albums R.F.D., Young Love and All the Greatest Hits, I'm a Runaway / It's All over Town (Mono Version) [feat. Billy Vaughn et son orchestre], Tab Hunter, Dolor Ipse, I'm Alone Because I Love You (Mono Version) [feat. Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra], I Can't Stop Loving You (Mono Version), You Cheated, Young Love, Young Love - The Best Of Tab Hunter, Young Love (Mono Version) [feat. Billy Vaughn et son orchestre], When I Fall In Love, All Alone, Young Love / Ninety Nine Ways (Mono Version) [feat. Orchestre Billy Vaughn], Glimpse Of Love Tunes, Vintage Rock No. 44 - EP: Red Sails In The Sunset, The One and Only
Nominations Lambda Literary Award for Belles Lettres
Movies Lust in the Dust, Damn Yankees, Battle Cry, The Burning Hills, Saturday Island, Gunman's Walk, The Girl He Left Behind, Ride the Wild Surf, That Kind of Woman, Grease 2, Lafayette Escadrille, City Under the Sea, The Sea Chase, The Pleasure of His Company, Track of the Cat, Polyester, They Came to Cordura, The Lawless, The Loved One, Operation Bikini, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, Gun Belt, Hostile Guns, Birds Do It, Cameron's Closet, The Steel Lady, Return to Treasure Island, Sweet Kill, Timber Tramps, Dark Horse, Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood, The Golden Arrow, Out of the Dark, Pandemonium, The Fickle Finger of Fate, The Brothers Warner, Vengeance Is My Forgiveness, Grotesque, Bridge over the Elbe, Wild Bill, Tab Hunter Confidential, Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold, Hacksaw, Troubled Waters, The Last Chance, While We're Young, Rita
TV Shows The Tab Hunter Show, Sex: The Revolution, Forever Fernwood


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#Fact
1 He was the younger of two boys. His brother, Walter John Gelien (born August 18, 1930), was killed in Vietnam on October 28, 1965, leaving seven children.
2 He was born Arthur Kelm in New York City. His mother, Gertrude (Gelien), was a German (Catholic) immigrant. His father, Charles Kelm, was Jewish. Tab was raised in California by his mother and maternal grandparents, Ida (Sonnenfleth) and John Henry Gelien.
3 Was Warner Bros. Records' first signee.
4 Hunter and his companion Allan Glaser met in 1983. The couple co-produced the films Lust in the Dust (1985) and Dark Horse (1992).
5 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6320 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
6 On December 23, 1980, he suffered a heart attack at age 49 while skiing in Taos, New Mexico. In March 1991, he suffered a stroke. He recovered from both.
7 Had a lifelong love for horses.
8 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.
9 Was once arrested following an L.A. raid on a "pajama party" in Walnut Park in 1950. Tab was eventually fined $50 for a reduced "disorderly conduct" charge after originally being charged with "idle, lewd or dissolute conduct."
10 Following the likes of Richard Chamberlain, Tab released his tell-all 2005 memoir revealing his homosexuality. The book entitled "Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star" outlines a late 1950s relationship with actor Anthony Perkins that lasted several years. Other briefer flings mentioned included dancer Rudolf Nureyev, actor Scott Marlowe and ice-skater Ronnie Robertson. The book was actually written in 2003 but held in release for two years.
11 He co-executive produced and hosted the cable television series Hollywood on Horses (1989).
12 His bare chest was chosen to adorn the cover of Donald Reuter's book: "Shirtless! The Hollywood Male Physique."
13 Born at 3:00am EDT


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dark Horse 1992 Perkins
Cameron's Closet 1988 Owen Lansing
Grotesque 1988 Rod
Out of the Dark 1988 Driver
Film '72 1985 TV Series Himnself
Lust in the Dust 1985 Abel Wood
Masquerade 1984 TV Series Whitney
The Fall Guy 1984 TV Series Anthony Haley
And They Are Off 1982 Henry Barclay
Benson 1982 TV Series Roy Lucas
Grease 2 1982 Mr. Stuart
Pandemonium 1982 Blue Grange
Strike Force 1981 TV Series Voorhees
Polyester 1981 Todd Tomorrow
Charlie's Angels 1980 TV Series Bill Maddox
The Kid from Left Field 1979 TV Movie Bill Lorant
$weepstake$ 1979 TV Series Chip
Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold 1978 TV Movie Elliot Bender
Hawaii Five-O 1978 TV Series Mel Burgess
Police Woman 1978 TV Series Martin Quinn
The Love Boat 1977 TV Series Dave King
Forever Fernwood 1977 TV Series George Schumway (post-plastic surgery)
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood 1976 David Hamilton
McMillan & Wife 1976 TV Series Roger Thornton
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 1976 TV Series George Shumway #2 (1977-1978)
Ellery Queen 1976 TV Series John Randall
Timber Tramps 1975 Big Swede
The Six Million Dollar Man 1975 TV Series Arnold Blake
Circle of Fear 1973 TV Series Bob Herrick
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law 1972 TV Series
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 Sam Dodd
Sweet Kill 1972 Eddie Collins
Cannon 1972 TV Series Bob Neal
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1971 TV Series Tim Andrews
Hacksaw 1971 TV Movie Tim Andrews
San Francisco International Airport 1970 TV Series Stayczek
The Virginian 1970 TV Series Cart Banner
No importa morir 1969 Richard
The Last Chance 1968 Patrick Harris
Vengeance Is My Forgiveness 1968 Sheriff Durango
Hostile Guns 1967 Mike Reno
The Cups of San Sebastian 1967 Jerry
Birds Do It 1966 Lt. Porter
The Loved One 1965 Whispering Glades Tour Guide
City in the Sea 1965 Ben Harris
Man with Two Faces 1964 Alex Carswell
Ride the Wild Surf 1964 Steamer Lane
Burke's Law 1964 TV Series Barney Blake
Operation Bikini 1963 Lt. Morgan Hayes
Combat! 1962 TV Series Del Packer
Saints and Sinners 1962 TV Series Sergeant Eddie Manzak
The Golden Arrow 1962 Hassan
The Pleasure of His Company 1961 Roger Henderson
The Tab Hunter Show 1960-1961 TV Series Paul Morgan
General Electric Theater 1959 TV Series Daniel
They Came to Cordura 1959 Lt. William Fowler
That Kind of Woman 1959 Red
Meet Me in St. Louis 1959 TV Movie John Truett
Damn Yankees! 1958 Joe Hardy
Gunman's Walk 1958 Ed Hackett
Lafayette Escadrille 1958 Thad Walker
Playhouse 90 1956-1958 TV Series Donald Bashor / Stanley Smith
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates 1958 TV Movie Hans Brinker
Climax! 1955-1957 TV Series Jimmy Piersall
Conflict 1956 TV Series Donald McQuade
The Girl He Left Behind 1956 Andy L. Shaeffer
The Burning Hills 1956 Trace Jordan
The Sea Chase 1955 Cadet Wesser
The Ford Television Theatre 1955 TV Series Gig Spevvy
Battle Cry 1955 Pvt. / Cpl. Dan 'Danny' Forrester
Track of the Cat 1954 Harold Bridges
Return to Treasure Island 1954 Clive Stone
The Steel Lady 1953 Bill Larson
Gun Belt 1953 Chip Ringo
Island of Desire 1952 Marine Corporal Michael J. 'Chicken' Dugan
The Lawless 1950 Frank O'Brien

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dark Horse 1992 producer
Hollywood on Horses 1989 Video documentary co-executive producer
Lust in the Dust 1985 producer
The Tab Hunter Show 1960-1961 TV Series producer - 31 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tab Hunter Confidential 2015 Documentary performer: "I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time" lyrics by nm0281419 & music by nm0903117, "Moonlight Swim" lyrics by nm2004611 & music by nm0918840, "Ninety-Nine Ways" written by nm1478580 as Anthony September, "Young Love" written by Whaley T. Cartey as Ric Cartey & Carole Joyner / writer: "Don't Let It Get Around"
Mischief 1985 performer: "Young Love"
Losin' It 1983 performer: "Young Love"
Polyester 1981 performer: "POLYESTER"
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1961 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Damn Yankees! 1958 performer: "Goodbye, Old Girl", "Two Lost Souls"
Gunman's Walk 1958 performer: "I'm A Runaway"
The 30th Annual Academy Awards 1958 TV Special performer: "April Love"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dark Horse 1992 story

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Am Divine 2013 Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1959 TV Series Himself
The 30th Annual Academy Awards 1958 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom 1958 TV Series Himself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1957 TV Series Himself
Screen Snapshots 1856: The Mocambo Party 1957 Short Himself
What's My Line? 1957 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Mystery Guest
The 28th Annual Academy Awards 1956 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
The Bob Cummings Show 1956 TV Series Himself
Lux Video Theatre 1955 TV Series Himself - Guest Host
The Jimmy Durante Show 1955 TV Series Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1955 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1954 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Opening Night 1952 TV Series Himself
Olympic Fund Telethon 1952 TV Special Himself
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Red Eye w/Tom Shillue 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist
Going Deep with Tab Hunter 2015 Video documentary short Himself
CTV National News 2015 TV Series Himself
Tab Hunter Confidential 2015 Documentary Himself
I Am Divine 2013 Documentary Himself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1950s: The Golden Era of the Musical 2009 Video documentary Himself
Sex: The Revolution 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History 2008 Video documentary Himself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Brothers Warner 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself - Actor
The O'Reilly Factor 2006 TV Series Himself
Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett 2005 TV Series Himself
CBS News Sunday Morning 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Good Morning America 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Larry King Live 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Biography 1997-2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Rita 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Elvis Forever 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
More Lust, Less Dust 2001 Video short Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1997-1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The Best of Hollywood 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host / Narrator (voice)
Ballyhoo: The Hollywood Sideshow! 1996 Documentary Himself
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick 1995 Documentary Himself
The 8th Annual American Cinema Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
7th Annual American Cinema Awards 1990 TV Special Himself
Hollywood on Horses 1989 Video documentary Himself - Presenter
James Stewart's Wonderful Life 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
Our Time 1985 TV Series Himself
Just Our Luck 1983 TV Series Himself
The Fall Guy 1983 TV Series Himself
Madame's Place 1982 TV Series Himself
Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself
Fridays 1982 TV Series Himself - Guest Host
Circus of the Stars #6 1981 TV Special Himself
The Alan Thicke Show 1981 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show 1963-1978 TV Series Himself - Guest
Match Game 73 1978 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 2 1977 TV Movie Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Himself - Guest
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1967 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Hollywood Squares 1967 TV Series Himself
You Don't Say 1964 TV Series Himself
The Object Is 1964 TV Series Himself
Stump the Stars 1962-1963 TV Series Himself
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1963 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Foreign Film
Here's Hollywood 1960-1961 TV Series Himself
Summer on Ice 1961 TV Movie Himself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1960-1961 TV Series Himself - Actor / Singer
Celebrity Talent Scouts 1960 TV Series Himself
The Dick Clark Show 1959-1960 TV Series Himself / Himself -
Startime 1959 TV Series Himself
The Arthur Murray Party 1959 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957-1959 TV Series Himself - Singer / Himself - Guest
The Juke Box Jury 1956-1959 TV Series Himself
I've Got a Secret 1957-1959 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Guest
New American Bandstand 1965 1959 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon 2008 Documentary Himself
Rosemary Clooney: Singing at Her Best 2004 Video short Himself
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick 1988 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
That's Hollywood 1981 TV Series documentary Todd Tomorrow

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Lifetime Achievement Award California Independent Film Festival

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Musical Performance Damn Yankees! (1958)

TitleSalary
Meet Me in St. Louis (1959) $20,000
The Steel Lady (1953) $750 per week
Gun Belt (1953) $750 per week

#Quote
1 When you're as young as I was and you're thrown into all of that and everyone's going [makes kissing sounds], it's really going to take your head and send you on a journey. You're not going to hate it, but you're just going to try to have the wherewithal to find your balance, hopefully. How could you not love being at home up in Lake Arrowhead with Kay Starr singing her hit song "Side by Side" and Judy Garland on the floor, and the two of them doing a duet? You'd be an idiot not to go for it and love it.
2 It's all very important, but the real important thing is, I think, not labeling a person. The first line in my book is, "I hate labels." It's who we are as human beings. What kind of human being are you? Are you a contributor?
3 When things stop happening, it is a shock. But you have to go with the flow of things. You have to understand, "This is happening. It can't be forever. This is the now. It's the way it is. Life is not the way you want it to be -- it's the way it is." "I want this," "I want that," "I want this," "I want that" -- there's too much of that.
4 What you are as a human being inside is what's important. My mother told me, "Don't get concerned with the externals." Everyone today is concerned with how they look, how they're presented. Strip it away.
5 I had a very grounded family. My mother was very structured. She used to say, "There is yes and there is no and there is no in between." Tell that to people today. And I had a brother that I looked up to that was terrific. When negative things happen, you just have to believe that somewhere under the pile of crap is a pony. You just gotta be positive, 'cause there's too much negativity around.
6 I think marriage is just between two people and their maker, period. Doesn't concern any of us, whether it be a woman and a woman, a man and a man, or a man and a woman, I don't care.
7 I still don't look at it as if I've come out. Coming out, what does that mean? What I'm concerned about is people as human beings. Are you a decent human being? What are you contributing? That's important.
8 [on Gary Cooper] Coop was a lovely guy. His sense of humor was kind of within. He'd do something he knew was funny. He laughed inwardly. It was a delight! He's say things, then chuckle within himself. He was wonderful, low-key, like Fred Astaire, an absolute gentleman. These are quality, quality people. They have their own atmosphere about them. Coop's was very laid-back and easy.
9 [about his love for Montecito, California] It's like the French Riveria without the French. I thank God every day I'm able to be there.
10 [in a 1971 interview] The star thing is over. I've knocked around quite a bit in the past few years and now I'm just another actor looking for work. Acting is what I know and what I do best . . . I'm trying to find a new niche . . . something to help erase that bland image the studios gave me in the Fifties. I'm looking for roles that will establish me as a more mature actor.


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