Actor Tab Hunter dies at 86; ’50s heartthrob’s career ranged from ‘Battle Cry’ to ‘Polyester’

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Actor and ’50s heartthrob Tab Hunter, best known for his roles in Battle Cry and Island of Desire, has died, his husband Allan Glaser told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. He was 86.

Glaser said he and Hunter were at home in Santa Barbara, California, when Hunter went into cardiac arrest after a blood clot in his leg went to his lung. Glaser said Hunter, born Arthur Gelien, wanted to be remembered first “for being a good human being.” “That was most important to him than being an actor and a recording artist. He didn’t place importance on his movie career or his celebrity.”

His early song “Young Love” was such a hit, his movie studio head, Warner Bros.’ Jack Warner, launched Warner Bros. Records in 1958 aiming to profit from it.

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