At the time of his passing in 2018, American actor, singer, and novelist Tab Hunter had a net worth of $10 million. He was born Arthur Andrew Kelm on July 11, 1931, in New York City, and his career peaked during the height of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Hunter appeared in almost forty different movies. In the 1950s and 1960s, he was a Hollywood darling who appeared on the covers of numerous film magazines. Battle Cry 1955, The Girl He Left Left 1956, Gunman’s Walk 1958, and Damn Yankees are among Hunter’s films in 1958. In the late 1950s, Hunter pursued a career in music. In 1957, he released the number-one single “Young Love,” which became a hit. Tab Hunter Confidential The Creation of a Movie Star, Hunter’s 2005 autobiography, was a New York Times best-seller.
He was raised in California, residing in San Francisco, Long Beach, and Los Angeles with his mother, his brother, and his grand parents, John Henry and Ida Gelien. His mother took back her maiden name, Gelien, and also changed the last names of her boys. In his adolescence, Arthur Gelien as he was then known competed in singles and pairs figure skating competitions. Julien’s devout mother sent him to Catholic school.
Gelien lied about his age to enlist in the Coast Guard and joined at the age of fifteen. He was given the moniker “Hollywood” while serving in the Coast Guard for preferring to watch movies over going out to bars. His supervisors fired him after learning the truth about his age. Gelien had a casual encounter with actor Dick Clayton, who advised him to pursue acting.
Hunter‘s final film appearance was in the family film Dark Horse, which included horses (1992). Hunter, a longtime horse owner, co-produced the movie with his lifelong partner, Allan Glaser, and penned the original story.
Tab Hunter Confidential: The Birth of a Movie Star, Hunter’s autobiography co-written with Eddie Muller, was released in 2005 and quickly rose to New York Times bestseller status. The paperback edition followed suit in 2007. Hunter revealed his sexual orientation in his autobiography, putting to rest speculations that had been circulating since his peak of celebrity.
A number of awards nominated the book. On June 28, 2015, Tab Hunter Confidential, an award-winning film based on the memoir, was released, marking its third appearance on the New York Times bestseller list. Production of the documentary was handled by Allan Glaser and directed by Jeffrey Schwarz. In development at Paramount Pictures as of June 2018 was a feature picture about Hunter that would be produced by Glaser, J. J. Abrams, and Zachary Quinto.
For his services to the music industry, Hunter has a star at 6320 Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A Golden Palm Star was erected in his honor on the Palm Beach Walk of Stars in 2007.
Hunter met Anthony Perkins, an actor, at the Chateau Marmont in 1956 while Friendly Persuasion was being filmed, and the two went on to have long-term relationships. They dated for two to four years, and according to Hunter, the studio system and Perkins’ film company, Paramount, are the only reasons they split up. He did, however, recall Perkins as “a unique portion of my voyage More than anything else, he aspired to be a movie star. I desired it as well, but not with the same fervor as he did.
We were such polar opposites, but perhaps that’s what drew others to us.” Before settling down and getting married to his companion and spouse of more than 35 years, film producer Allan Glaser, he also had a romance with Olympic champion figure skater Ronnie Robertson.
Hunter was brought up in the Catholic religion by his mother. Hunter spent the remainder of his life as a devout Catholic, with the exception of a brief period in his childhood. Despite the fact that his father and partner/spouse are Jews, Hunter said that he does not identify as Jewish when asked about his ethnicity. Hunter loved to own horses.
Walter Gelien, Hunter’s brother, left behind a wife and seven children when he was killed in Vietnam on October 28, 1965.