Actor and singer Tab Hunter dies, aged 86

9 July 2018, 19:32

Tab Hunter
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By Tom Eames

One of Hollywood's most successful heartthrobs of the 1950s, Tab Hunter, has died at the age of 1986.

Tab Hunter was a teen idol in the 1950s and early 1960s after roles in movies such as Damn Yankees and Battle Cry.

He also hosted his own TV show, and had a UK number one single with the song 'Young Love'.

Hunter became famous later in life for hiding his homosexuality and his relationship with Psycho actor Anthony Perkins. Director JJ Abrams is reportedly making a movie about the pair's relationship, titled Tab & Tony.

Tab Hunter - Young Love (1957 Live at The Perry Como Show)

"We were walking home and he collapsed in my arms in our front yard," his partner of 35 years Allan Glaser said.

"He said he couldn't breathe, so I called 911, and we went to the hospital."

Tab Hunter
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"This was sudden and unexpected," Glaser added. "He was athletic, more like a 60-year-old not an 86-year-old."

He appeared in around 50 films in total, including That Kind of Woman, The Pleasure of His Company, They Came to Cordura and The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.