1950s Hol­ly­wood icon Tab Hunter dies aged 86

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - PEOPLE & PLACES -

TAB Hunter has died aged 86.

The Hol­ly­wood star - who ap­peared in more than 40 films over his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer - sadly passed away on Sun­day (July 8), ac­cord­ing to a post made on his so­cial me­dia page.

It sim­ply reads: “Tab passed away tonight three days shy of his 87th birth­day. Please hon­our his mem­ory by say­ing a prayer on his be­half. He would have liked that.”

No cause of death has been con­firmed yet.

Born Arthur Gelien, the ac­tor, mu­si­cian and novelist had an in­flu­en­tial ca­reer, and be­came one of the most pop­u­lar stars of the 1950s in films like ‘Track of the Cat’ and ‘Bat­tle Cry’.

Hunter led what he de­scribed as a “dou­ble life”, as he be­came fa­mous at a time when ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity was a taboo sub­ject in so­ci­ety.

It was re­cently re­ported that his se­cret love af­fair with An­thony Perkins is to be turned into a movie.

J.J. Abrams and his ‘Star Trek’ col­lab­o­ra­tor Zachary Quinto are set to work on ‘Tab & Tony’ - the true story of the ro­mance be­tween two of the most pop­u­lar lead­ing men of Hol­ly­wood’s Golden Age - for Para­mount, with the project based on the ‘Lust in the Dust’ star’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, ‘Tab Hunter Con­fi­den­tial: The Mak­ing of a Movie Star’, a first­per­son ac­count of his strug­gle to come to terms with his sex­u­al­ity.

As well as Abrams’ Bad Ro­bot Pro­duc­tions, Quinto will pro­duce along­side pub­li­cist

Hunter led what he de­scribed as a “dou­ble life”, as he be­came fa­mous at a time when ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity was a taboo sub­ject in so­ci­ety. It was re­cently re­ported that his se­cret love af­fair with An­thony Perkins is to be turned into a movie.

Neil Koenigs­berg and Al­lan Glaser, who was Hunter’s longterm part­ner at the time of his death and pre­vi­ously pro­duced a 2015 doc­u­men­tary based on his lover’s book.

Doug Wright will write the screen­play for the film, while a search is cur­rently un­der­way for a di­rec­tor and ac­tors to be a part of the project. — BANG Show­biz

The old and young Tab Hunter, who was one of the most pop­u­lar stars of the 1950s.

A young An­thony Perkins, who was re­port­edly Hunter’s se­cret lover.

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