Tab Hunter | 1931 – 2018
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Tab Hunter | 1931 – 2018

Veteran actor Tab Hunter, who came to fame in the 1950s and was an instant heartthrob though he had to keep the fact he was gay a secret, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank on September 2015.

 (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Natalie Wood, nominated for her supporting role in “Rebel Without a Cause,” with her date, Tab Hunter, in March 1956.

 (Los Angeles Times )

Actors J.L. Warner, left, Peggy Lee and Tab Hunter pose with their trophies for best motion picture, best new personality actress and actor, respectively, at the Audience Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles in 1952.

 (Getty Images)

Tab Hunter, the blond actor and singer who was the heartthrob of millions of teenage girls in the 1950s, and received new attention decades later when he revealed that he was gay, has died. He was 86.

 (Associated Press)

Tab Hunter, left, with actress Tuesday Weld at a dinner reception in Los Angeles.

 (AP)

Van Heflin as rancher Lee Hackett, Tab Hunter as his son, Ed Hackett, and James Darren as his other son, Davy Hackett, in the movie “Gunman’s Walk” (1958).

 (UCLA Film and Television Archive)

Photo of Tab Hunter from the documentary movie “Tab Hunter Confidential.”

 (The Film Collaborative)

Photo of Tab Hunter from the documentary movie “Tab Hunter Confidential.”

 (The Film Collaborative)

Film still from the documentary about the closeted gay 1950s screen heartthrob Tab Hunter.

 (The Film Collaborative)

Actor Tab Hunter at the front door of his house in Montecito.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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