Tab Hunter has died at the age of 86 as a result of a heart attack, according to his partner of more than three decades, Allan Glaser. Hunter was the object of affection for many teen girls (and boys) in the 1950s, and became an LGBT favorite thanks to his role in John Waters’s Polyester. The announcement of his death was made on Facebook: “Tab passed away tonight three days shy of his 87th birthday,” Hunter’s Facebook page announced. “Please honor his memory by saying a prayer on his behalf. He would have liked that.”
Hunter’s major roles in the 50s made him a household name with hit films like Battle Cry (1955), The Girl He Left Behind (1956), The Burning Hills, Damn Yankees! (1958), and many more. He is also remembered for his music career. Hunter released a song called “Young Love,” which was a hit in 1957.
While his career took a hiatus in the 60s and 70s, he made a comeback in the 80s with John Waters’s Polyester.
He eventually came out as gay in 2005 with a memoir called “Tab Hunter Confidential,” which was turned into a 2015 documentary.
Another film is in the works called Tab & Tony.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 9, 2018
Sad to report that Tab Hunter, the gawjuss gay icon, and true gentleman, has left the building. We shared some good laughs back in the 80’s. I was always fond of this dear man.
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) July 9, 2018
so sad to wake up to the news of the passing of tab hunter. i was honored to get to know him in the past year and am so grateful to have experienced his sheer joy and love of life. and what a life! such a rich experience. such a vital and generous nature. and such a pioneer of self-acceptance and moving through this world with authenticity as his guide. he will be missed greatly. may he rest in peace.