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|Also Known As:||Arthur Andrew Kelm,Arthur Andrew Gelien||Died:|
|Born:||July 11, 1931||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor producer writer singer|
Although he did not score well with the critics, Tab Hunter managed to parlay 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. After lying about his age to join the Coast Guard at 15, he found his way into Joseph Losey's "The Lawless" (1950), despite having no previous acting experience, and went on to play the ingenue for the likes of Raoul Walsh ("Battle Cry" 1955), William Wellman ("Hell Bent For Glory" 1958) and Sidney Lumet ("That Kind of Woman" 1959). Hunter's first credit as a song performer came in "Gunman's Walk" (1958), and 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". By the early 60s, he was starring in low-brow fare like "Operation Bikini" (1963) and "Ride the Wild Surf" (1964), but he did contribute a small bit to Tony Richardson's "The Loved One" (1965).
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