We find it difficult to understand what keeping certain aspects of ourselves hidden from the public would be like.
Sadly, this famous actor spent the majority of his life having to do that.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Tab Hunter, well-known for his blond, trim-good looks, appeared in numerous films and became a major Hollywood heartthrob. He was the rage among bobbysoxers in the 1950s, and his most well-known film was Damn Yankees. Some people may also know him from The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.
In Manhattan, New York City, he was born in 1931. He lied about his age to join the US Coast Guard when he was 15. Due to his passion for movies, Tab gained Hollywood’s nickname while serving with the Coast Guard. Tab stayed home and watched movies while his coworkers went to the pub after work.
When Tab reached 17, he met the famed agent Henry Willson, responsible for creating the 1950s beefcake trend. Rock Hudson and Robert Wagner were two male superstars that Willson had previously discovered. In his book Tab Hunter Confidential, Hunter discussed Willson’s requirements and claimed that “acting skill was secondary to chiseled features and a fine physique.”
With his “Malibu beach boy looks,” Tab Hunter was the ideal Hollywood fit and went on to become one of the era’s most beloved adolescent idols.
“I suppose I was a product of. I wondered where one serves their apprenticeship after being pushed into it. I was one of those individuals who had to learn by experience. I picked up skills on the job,” he remarked.
However, Tab’s sudden fame was not without its challenges. Being a homosexual actor in the 1950s was nearly impossible because of how conservative the USA was then.
Tab Hunter, a seasoned actor with passionate admirers, was adored for his talent and good looks. He was regarded as a Hollywood hunk in his time and had countless female admirers.
Unfortunately, he was compelled to conceal his true identity and sexuality, like many other gay actors of the period, to protect his profession. Before he finally came out and met his future partner, he had to pursue several relationships to keep them from the public secretly.