Gay icon Tab Hunter dies aged 86

Last Updated: Jul 11 2018 13:49

HOLLYWOOD- American actor Tab Hunter, 1950s Hollywood Idol, has died at the age of 86.

Hunter is known for hiding his sexuality at a time when Hollywood was not ready to accept an openly gay heartthrob. He eventually came out his 2005 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.

JJ Abrams is reportedly making a movie about Tab’s secret relationships with actor Anthony Perkins.

Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto tweeted, “So sad to wake up to the news of the passing of Tab Hunter. I was honoured to get to know him in the past year and am so grateful to have experienced his sheer joy and love of life."

Tab Hunter had once expressed disappointment with his career and told the New York Times in 2003, “No one took me seriously. I wanted so much to be accepted as an actor."