Tab Hunter

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  • Birth Name: Arthur Andrew Kelm
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Author, Producer
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  • Enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard at 15 after lying about his age; his comrades nicknamed him "Hollywood" because he saw so many movies.
  • Made film debut in The Lawless (1950), but had breakout role that established his beefcake appeal opposite Linda Darnell in Island of Desire (1952), aka Saturday Island.
  • Parlayed teen-idol status into a singing career, hitting No. 1 on the U.S. and U.K. charts with a version of Ric Cartey and Carole Joyner's Young Love in 1957.
  • Starred as a bachelor cartoonist in eponymous NBC sitcom, The Tab Hunter Show (1960-61).
  • In 2005 memoir (written with Eddie Muller), Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, acknowledged his homosexuality, which he hid at the height of his popularity lest it damage his career.
  • Was a competitive figure skater in his youth, and has been a lifelong horseman. 
  • Older brother, Walter, was a Navy medic who was killed in Vietnam in 1965.

Relationships

  • Gertrude Gelien — Mother
  • Walter J. Gelien — Brother
  • Allan Glaser — Significant Other
  • Charles Kelm — Father
  • Anthony Perkins — Ex-significant Other
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  • Birth Name: Arthur Andrew Kelm
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Author, Producer