Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Movie Talk
Reload this Page >

Tab Hunter comes out of the closet

Movie Talk A Discussion area for everything movie related including films In The Theaters

Tab Hunter comes out of the closet

Old 09-10-03, 11:55 AM
  #1  
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: NYC
Posts: 15,957
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Tab Hunter comes out of the closet

SUMMARY: Tab Hunter, a blond actor who became a Hollywood heartthrob in the 1950s and 60s, plans to reveal his homosexuality in a forthcoming memoir.

Tab Hunter, a blond actor who became a Hollywood heartthrob in the 1950s and 60s, plans to reveal his homosexuality in a forthcoming memoir.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Hunter has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster, and a major focus of the book will be the actor's struggles to hide his sexual orientation in order to maintain his career.

The book will be published in two years, according to the Times.

Hunter, 72, rose to stardom in the early 1950s, appearing as a romantic lead in several films. Many of his popular movies, such as "Island of Desire," "The Sea Chase" and "Ride the Wild Surf," had nautical or beach themes.

Rumors about his sexuality also date back to the '50s, when gossip magazines suggested he was gay. During that time period, he had a relationship with actor Anthony Perkins, and they both worked hard to conceal it.

"I know when Tony and I went to the movies, he would say, 'Let's go in disguise,'" Hunter told the Times. "We always wore baseball caps. Or he'd say: 'You go at a certain time. I'll go later.' I knew people were talking. I didn't like that."

Earlier this year, another veteran leading man came out. Richard Chamberlain, 68, revealed that he is gay in conjunction with the publication of his memoir, "Shattered Love." Chamberlain starred in the TV series "Dr. Kildare" and played the tormented love-struck priest in the miniseries "The Thorn Birds."

------------------------

Gee, i guess better late than never.

Does this mean in 30 years...we'll finally hear names like Ricky Martin and Tom Cruise in the news again?

Gotta say this much...he was a definite hottie.
Old 09-10-03, 11:57 AM
  #2  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Saint Louis
Posts: 5,829
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Tab Hunter comes out of the closet

Originally posted by digitalfreaknyc



Gotta say this much...he was a definite hottie.
pics?
Old 09-10-03, 12:01 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
LiquidSky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Pokey Dot Lounge, Nashville, TN
Posts: 9,199
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts




Old 09-10-03, 12:01 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Numanoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Down in 'The Park'
Posts: 27,881
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Gives a whole new meaning to the name Tab Hunter.
Old 09-10-03, 12:02 PM
  #5  
Moderator
 
Groucho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 71,383
Received 117 Likes on 79 Posts
For some reason, I thought he was already out.
Old 09-10-03, 12:25 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: North Perry Village, OH
Posts: 1,346
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
He sure was a hottie! His name reminds me of a porno name though.
Old 09-10-03, 12:26 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: USA
Posts: 324
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Link?
Old 09-10-03, 12:41 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
Posts: 14,020
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Didn't Stewie mention him in a Family Guy episode somewhere along the way?
Old 09-10-03, 01:10 PM
  #9  
Moderator
 
Giles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 33,620
Received 15 Likes on 11 Posts
Originally posted by Groucho
For some reason, I thought he was already out.
same here, why does this not surprise me. Wasn't he in one of John Waters movies with Divine?
Old 09-10-03, 01:15 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Legend
 
AGuyNamedMike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: (formerly known as Inglenook Hampendick) Fairbanks, Alaska!
Posts: 16,569
Received 290 Likes on 203 Posts
I, too, thought he was already out.
Old 09-10-03, 04:11 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Legend
 
cultshock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: True North Strong & Free
Posts: 17,720
Received 742 Likes on 531 Posts
Originally posted by Giles
same here, why does this not surprise me. Wasn't he in one of John Waters movies with Divine?
Yep, he played Divine's husband in Polyester.
Old 09-10-03, 04:13 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Legend
 
cultshock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: True North Strong & Free
Posts: 17,720
Received 742 Likes on 531 Posts
Originally posted by movieking
Didn't Stewie mention him in a Family Guy episode somewhere along the way?
While in an airport, Stewie accuses Rupert (his teddy bear) of "looking at the boys again" instead of watching the luggage, "especially the steward who looks like Tab Hunter". Great scene.
Old 09-11-03, 10:47 AM
  #13  
Moderator
 
Geofferson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: The Village Green
Posts: 39,547
Received 47 Likes on 38 Posts
I too thought he was already "out".
Old 09-11-03, 10:52 AM
  #14  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Cusm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Moore, OK
Posts: 7,646
Received 24 Likes on 16 Posts
I think he was already out like Liberace was "out".
Old 09-11-03, 11:41 AM
  #15  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Exit 10, NJ
Posts: 2,753
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by Cusm
I think he was already out like Liberace was "out".
As opposed to the way Richard Chamberlain was 'out'.
Old 09-11-03, 01:33 PM
  #16  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 9,864
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally posted by Cusm
I think he was already out like Liberace was "out".
Agreed.
Old 09-11-03, 02:41 PM
  #17  
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: NYC
Posts: 15,957
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by garolo
As opposed to the way Richard Chamberlain was 'out'.
Yeah....richard chamberlain was the poor man's Indiana Jones: Allan Quartermaine.

So he wasn't as obvious.
Old 09-11-03, 09:30 PM
  #18  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
caligulathegod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Grove City OH
Posts: 3,813
Likes: 0
Received 15 Likes on 12 Posts
Yeah, he was out. He was Divine's boyfriend in Polyester, her husband was somebody else.
Old 09-12-03, 08:34 AM
  #19  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Numanoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Down in 'The Park'
Posts: 27,881
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Originally posted by caligulathegod
Yeah, he was out. He was Divine's boyfriend in Polyester, her husband was somebody else.
Yes, because anyone who plays a gay man in a movie, must be gay in real life.
Old 09-12-03, 08:56 AM
  #20  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Exit 10, NJ
Posts: 2,753
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by Numanoid
Yes, because anyone who plays a gay man in a movie, must be gay in real life.
If you are a gay actor in the closet, you play a gay role to show your range. Remember, you're an artiste and point to Russell Crowe ( see: The Sum of Us ) and say emphatically, "No, we're not gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that."

How does Colin Farrell say it in those Dinner for Five promos on IFC? "Next you'll be telling me that Liberace was gay! Noooo."
Old 09-12-03, 01:11 PM
  #21  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
Giantrobo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Gateway Cities/Harbor Region
Posts: 60,864
Received 856 Likes on 578 Posts
I woulda hit it.... 30 years ago.
Old 09-12-03, 03:48 PM
  #22  
DVD Talk Legend
 
cultshock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: True North Strong & Free
Posts: 17,720
Received 742 Likes on 531 Posts
I stand corrected, Tab Hunter didn't play Divine's husband in Polyester (been awhile since I've seen the film). At any rate, wheather he played a gay or straight character doesn't mean a damn thing in a Waters film. Hell, often John likes to cast gays as straights and visa versa, just to keep things interesting.
Old 09-12-03, 11:39 PM
  #23  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: A little bit here and a little bit there.
Posts: 2,644
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Next they'll be saying rip taylor is gay.
Old 09-13-03, 12:25 AM
  #24  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 1,437
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by Numanoid
Gives a whole new meaning to the name Tab Hunter.
At least his parents did not name him Richard!
Old 09-13-03, 04:40 AM
  #25  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
caligulathegod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Grove City OH
Posts: 3,813
Likes: 0
Received 15 Likes on 12 Posts
Originally posted by Numanoid
Yes, because anyone who plays a gay man in a movie, must be gay in real life.
Woah! That is not what I meant. I was confirming that he'd been out and correcting someone who'd said that he played Divine's husband. He played Todd Tomorrow who romanced Divine's Francine Fishpaw who was married to porn theater owner Elmer Fishpaw. This is one of my favorite movies. I have 3 Odorama cards personally autographed by John Waters.

I guess I should have spaced the sentences apart. People jump to offence too easily.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.