Tab Hunter Dead: ‘Damn Yankees!’ Star Was 86 | Hollywood Reporter

The 1950s fan favorite also appeared in two films opposite Divine and was the reason that Warner Bros. Records was launched.

After Hunter beat out James Dean and Paul Newman to portray a young Marine in Raoul Walsh’s Battle Cry (1955), Warner Bros. picked up his option and signed him to a seven-year contract, and he appeared in The Girl He Left Behind (1956) and Burning Hills (1956).

Studio head Jack Warner then purchased the film rights to the Tony-winning Broadway musical Damn Yankees! (1958) for Hunter to star in as Washington Senators slugger Hardy. He replaced Stephen Douglass as the lone principal actor who did not make the transition from the stage.

Source: Tab Hunter Dead: ‘Damn Yankees!’ Star Was 86 | Hollywood Reporter

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