Tab Hunter

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Tab Hunter (born Arthur Andrew Kelm; July 11, 1931 – July 8, 2018) was an American actor, singer, film producer and author.wikipedia
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Henry Willson

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Clayton introduced Hunter to agent Henry Willson, who specialized in "pretty boy" stars such as Guy Madison and Robert Wagner.
He was known for his stable of young, attractive clients, including Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter, Chad Everett, Robert Wagner, Nick Adams, Guy Madison, Troy Donahue, Mike Connors, Rory Calhoun, John Saxon, Yale Summers, Clint Walker, Doug McClure, Dack Rambo, Ty Hardin, and John Derek.

The Sea Chase

One of Hunter's first films for Warners was The Sea Chase (1955), supporting John Wayne and Lana Turner.
The Sea Chase is a 1955 World War II drama film starring John Wayne and Lana Turner, and featuring David Farrar, Lyle Bettger, and Tab Hunter.

Gun Belt (film)

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Hunter supported George Montgomery in Gun Belt (1953), a Western produced by Edward Small.
Gun Belt is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film directed by Ray Nazarro and starring George Montgomery and Tab Hunter.

Return to Treasure Island (1954 film)

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Small used him again for a war film, The Steel Lady, (1953) supporting Rod Cameron, and as the lead in an adventure tale, Return to Treasure Island (1954).
Tab Hunter as Clive Stone

The Steel Lady

Small used him again for a war film, The Steel Lady, (1953) supporting Rod Cameron, and as the lead in an adventure tale, Return to Treasure Island (1954).
The Steel Lady (also known as Treasure of Kalifa) is a 1953 American action film directed by Ewald André Dupont starring Rod Cameron and Tab Hunter.

Saturday Island

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He was friends with character actor Paul Guilfoyle, who suggested him to director Stuart Heisler, who was looking for an unknown to play the lead in Island of Desire (1952) opposite Linda Darnell.
Saturday Island (also known as Island of Desire) is a 1952 British romantic war film directed by Stuart Heisler, and starring Linda Darnell, Tab Hunter, Donald Gray, John Laurie, Lloyd Lamble, and Peter Butterworth.

The Girl He Left Behind

Hunter, James Dean and Natalie Wood were the last actors to be placed under an exclusive studio contract at Warner Bros. Warners decided to promote him to star status, teaming him with Natalie Wood in two films, a Western, The Burning Hills (1956), directed by Heisler, and The Girl He Left Behind (1956), a service comedy.
The Girl He Left Behind is a 1956 romantic comedy film starring Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood.

Battle Cry (film)

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His breakthrough role came when he was cast as the young Marine Danny in 1955's World War II drama Battle Cry.
Battle Cry is a 1955 Warner Color film, starring Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, James Whitmore, Tab Hunter, Anne Francis, Dorothy Malone, Raymond Massey, and Mona Freeman in CinemaScope.

Forbidden Area

Hunter received strong critical acclaim for a performance he gave on TV in "Forbidden Area", the debut show of Playhouse 90, written by Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer.
Manulis says he attracted top line talent by giving them an opportunity to play different kinds of roles, like Tab Hunter, who was cast as the villain.

Young Love (1956 song)

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Hunter had a 1957 hit record with the song "Young Love," which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six weeks (seven weeks on the UK Chart) and became one of the larger hits of the Rock 'n' Roll era.
The song became a hit several times over the years with well known cover versions released by Sonny James, Tab Hunter (in a version that went to number one in 1957), The Crew-Cuts, and Donny Osmond who scored a number one hit on the UK Singles chart in 1973.

Lafayette Escadrille (film)

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William Wellman used him again in a war film, Lafayette Escadrille (1958).
It stars Tab Hunter and Etchika Choureau and features David Janssen and Will Hutchins as well as Clint Eastwood in an early supporting role.

Track of the Cat

Rushes were seen by William A. Wellman, who cast Hunter to play the younger brother of Robert Mitchum in Track of the Cat (1955).
Tab Hunter as Harold Bridges

Warner Bros. Records

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He established Warner Bros. Records specifically for Hunter.
Another impetus for the label's creation was the brief music career of Warner Bros. actor Tab Hunter.

Edward Small

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Hunter supported George Montgomery in Gun Belt (1953), a Western produced by Edward Small.
Small made Westerns with Montgomery, Gun Belt (1953), with Tab Hunter, The Lone Gun (1954), Gun Duel in Durango (1956) and Toughest Gun in Tombstone (1958).

The Tab Hunter Show

The Tab Hunter Show had moderate ratings (due to being scheduled opposite The Ed Sullivan Show) and lasted only one season (36 episodes) but was a huge hit in the United Kingdom, where it ranked as one of the top situation comedies of the year.
The Tab Hunter Show is an American sitcom starring Tab Hunter.

Damn Yankees (film)

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Hunter starred in the 1958 musical film Damn Yankees, in which he played Joe Hardy of Washington, D.C.'s American League baseball club.
With the exception of Tab Hunter in the role of Joe Hardy (replacing Stephen Douglass), the Broadway principals reprised their stage roles, including Gwen Verdon as Lola.

Natalie Wood

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Hunter, James Dean and Natalie Wood were the last actors to be placed under an exclusive studio contract at Warner Bros. Warners decided to promote him to star status, teaming him with Natalie Wood in two films, a Western, The Burning Hills (1956), directed by Heisler, and The Girl He Left Behind (1956), a service comedy.
The studio cast her in two films opposite Tab Hunter, hoping to turn the duo into a box office draw that never materialized.

That Kind of Woman

In 1959, he starred in the films, They Came to Cordura with Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth and That Kind of Woman opposite Sophia Loren.
It stars Sophia Loren and Tab Hunter.

Gunman's Walk

Columbia Pictures borrowed him for a Western, Gunman's Walk (1958), a film which Hunter considered his favorite role.
It stars Van Heflin and Tab Hunter.

James Dean

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Hunter, James Dean and Natalie Wood were the last actors to be placed under an exclusive studio contract at Warner Bros. Warners decided to promote him to star status, teaming him with Natalie Wood in two films, a Western, The Burning Hills (1956), directed by Heisler, and The Girl He Left Behind (1956), a service comedy.
Studio press releases also grouped Dean together with two other actors, Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter, identifying each of the men as an 'eligible bachelor' who had not yet found the time to commit to a single woman: "They say their film rehearsals are in conflict with their marriage rehearsals."

The Lawless

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Hunter's first film role was a minor part in a film noir, The Lawless (1950).
Tab Hunter as Frank O'Brien

They Came to Cordura

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In 1959, he starred in the films, They Came to Cordura with Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth and That Kind of Woman opposite Sophia Loren.
They Came to Cordura is a 1959 Western film co-written and directed by Robert Rossen, starring Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth, and featuring Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Richard Conte, Michael Callan, and Dick York.

Operation Bikini

He played the lead in a swashbuckler shot in Italy, The Golden Arrow (1962) and was in a war movie for American International Pictures, Operation Bikini (1963).
It was directed by Anthony Carras and starred Tab Hunter, Frankie Avalon, and Scott Brady.

The Golden Arrow (1962 film)

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He played the lead in a swashbuckler shot in Italy, The Golden Arrow (1962) and was in a war movie for American International Pictures, Operation Bikini (1963).
Tab Hunter as Hassan

Ride the Wild Surf

Ride the Wild Surf (1964) was a surf film for Columbia, followed by a movie in Britain, Troubled Waters (1964).
The story follows surfers Jody Wallis (Fabian), Steamer Lane (Tab Hunter), and Chase Colton (Peter Brown), who come to Hawaii's Oahu Island to ride the world's biggest waves and compete against surfers from all over the world.