Tab Hunter, the blond haired, blue eyed heartthrob from films like Damn Yankees and Battle Cry, died Sunday in the arms of his partner Allan Glaser at the age of 86.
Hunter, born Arthur Andrew Kelm, was born in New York City and raised in California. At 15, he lied about his age to join the Coast Guard, but was dismissed when his true age was found out. He took up acting under the stage name “Tab Hunter” and signed with Warner Bros.
His memorable roles included Battle Cry, The Burning and The Girl He Left Behind, opposite a young Natalie Wood. Hunter began a career in music and had a hit single, “Young Love,” in 1957. He later played Joe Hardy in the film adaptation of “Damn Yankees!” He later shifted his focus to television and in the 80s was cast by John Waters in several avant garde films.
Hunter was private about his sexuality while he was working for Warner Bros. In his autobiography, he confessed to his relationship with Psycho star Anthony Perkins. The story of their relationship will be told in an upcoming film produced by JJ Abrams and Zachary Quinto.