‘Damn Yankees’ Star Tab Hunter Passes Away at 86

Rare | 7/9/2018 | Rob Fox
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Tab Hunter, a 1950s recording artist, teen heartthrob, and the star of the 1958 film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical “Damn Yankees” has passed away at the age of 86.

From the Associated Press:

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Tab Hunter, the blond actor and singer who was a heartthrob for millions of teenagers in the 1950s with such films as “Battle Cry” and “Damn Yankees!” and received new attention decades later when he revealed that he was gay, has died. He was 86.

Producer and spouse Allan Glaser said Hunter died Sunday of a blood clot in his leg that caused cardiac arrest. Glaser called the death “sudden and unexpected.”

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Hunter was a star for several years. In addition to his hit movies, his recording of “Young Love” topped the Billboard pop chart in 1957.

Current Hollywood stars such as Zachary Quinto paid tribute to Hunter on Instagram.

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Tab Hunter was born Arthur Andrew Kelm in New York City in 1931. When Hunter was two years old his father left the family and Hunter then took his mother’s name, Gelien. Hunter’s family moved west when he was a child, and he spent most of his childhood growing up in San Francisco and Long Beach, CA. At 15 Hunter lied about his age and joined the Coast Guard.

However, since he’d seen a Broadway play while he still lived in New York, acting was his interest, which...
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