The 1950s Hollywood heartthrob, Tab Hunter who appeared in “Damn Yankees!” and also made a name for himself in the music industry, died at age 86.
A rep for the actor told the Hollywood Reporter that Hunter died three days shy of his 87th birthday.
The leading man revealed he was gay after decades of speculation in his 2005 autobiography “Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.”
Hunter was prompted to go public about his sexuality after his partner of more than 30 years, Allan Glaser, told him someone was writing a tell-all book about Hunter.
“I thought, ‘Look, get it from the horse’s mouth and not from some horse’s ass after I’m dead and gone,'” Hunter told THR’s Scott Feinberg in 2015. “I didn’t want someone putting a spin on my life.”
The blonde hair, blue-eyed Hunter quickly became one of Hollywood’s top leading men in the 1950’s and ’60s landing roles in movies like “Damn Yankees!” and “Battle Cry.” He also dabbled in the music industry and recorded hit songs like “Young Love.
Hunter was plagued by rumors that he was gay, at the height of his popularity. “I have never mentioned my sexuality to Warner Bros. at all and they have never mentioned it to me, thank God,” the actor recalled to THR in 2015.