A product of Hollywood’s golden age, Tab Hunter - born Arthur Andrew Kelm - became Hollywood’s golden boy as one of the first teen idols .
His first starring role, at the age of 19, was opposite Linda Darnell in the romantic South Seas adventure Island of Desire. An instant success, Hunter went on to star in over 50 films. Tab also enjoyed a brief but very successful recording career that culminated with one of the top records of the rock and roll era. His recording of Young Love spent weeks at the number 1 spot on the charts worldwide. Apparently, his success lead Warner Bros to form Warner Bros Records.
Tab subsequently starred in his own television series for NBC, was nominated for an Emmy for his performance opposite Geraldine Page in Playhouse 90’s Portrait of a Murderer and has guest starred in over 200 television series episodes. He also appeared on Broadway with Tallulah Bankhead in Tennessee Williams’s The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore.
Tab’s film career took off once again in the 1980s/90s as he starred in such films as John Waters’ Polyester, Grease 2, and the cult comedy-Western Lust in the Dust, his second film with Divine.
In his autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star he admitted that he was gay, confirming rumours that had circulated since the height of his fame in the 50s. Hunter also confessed to having two love affairs with women, one with whom he was passionately in love. He was passionately in love with co-star Etchika Choureau, while simultaneously, secretly dating bisexual actor Anthony Perkins. He wanted to marry Etchika but couldn’t picture himself being heterosexually monogamous and backed out. His other opposite sex relationship was with Joan Cohn, widow of Columbia Pictures mogul, Harry Cohn.
He lives in California with his partner of 25 years, film producer Alan Glaser.