Tab Hunter was born Arthur Kelm, grew up as Art Gelien, and matured under the stage name of Tab Hunter. A teen idol, movie star, pop singer, and stage and screen actor, Hunter probably remains best known for playing Joe Hardy in the 1958 film adaptation of the Broadway musical Damn Yankees! But his storied career also includes chart-topping single "Young Love"; live-TV dramas with the likes of John Frankenheimer; a Broadway stint with Talullah Bankhead in Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore; films including Battle Cry, Sidney Lumet's The Girl He Left Behind, The Burning Hills with Natalie Wood, William A. Wellman's Lafayette Escadrille, and John Waters' Polyester; and brushes with Luchino Visconti, Tyrone Power, and Flipper, among many others. It's all recounted in Hunter's memoir (with Eddie Muller) Tab Hunter Confidential, as well as the new documentary film based on the book and directed by Jeffrey Schwarz.
In this exclusive interview, Hunter discusses developing his craft as an actor--on stage and screen--as well as coming to terms with being gay in his personal and professional lives. Hunter returned to San Francisco for the Bay Area red carpet premiere of Tab Hunter Confidential at the Frameline Film Festival.
Recorded June 20, 2015 at the Macy's By Appointment offices at Macy's Men's Store in Union Square.