Two days shy of his 87th birthday, teenage heartthrob and gay icon Tab Hunter has passed away. The apparent cause of death was a blood clot in the leg that traveled to Hunter!s heart and resulted in a coronary thrombosis.
Hunter barely grazed the outskirts of noir, but three of his performances are near or within the noir zip code and are worth seeking out:
SWEET KILL (1972)
THE MAN WITH TWO FACES (1964)
“Portrait of a Murderer” (1958, Playhouse 90 episode)
Not noir in the least, but Hunter was charming as all get out in his one year TV comedy (the eponymous TAB HUNTER SHOW, 1960-61), where he played (what else?) a swinging hetero bachelor with advanced skirt-chasing skills. He was aided and abetted by two noir luminaries: Jerome Cowan and Richard Erdman. Erdman is still with us; he turned 93 this past June 1st.