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Morning Man Classic: Jeffrey Hunter!

Did you think I would let an entire Sunday go by without presenting you with a Morning Man Classic?

And boy, was this one worth waiting for!

He’s Jeffrey Hunter, the extraordinarily handsome 50s film and 60s television star who starred in such films as The Searchers, Red Skies of Montana, Sailor of the King, Sargeant Rutledge and The Great Locomotive Chase.

He moved on to television in the 60s in the series Temple Houston on NBC and was cast in the original pilot for Star Trek. He declined to do a second pilot and was replaced by William Shatner.

Hunter, who was married three times – including to first wife, actress Barbara Rush – and had four children.

Sadly, he died in 1969 at the young age of 42. While he was flying back to the U.S. from Spain after filming Viva America! he suffered a stroke. While recovering at his home, he suffered another stroke, causing him to fall down a flight of stairs and sustain a skull fracture.


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8 Remarks

  1. March 4th, 2012 at 7:39 pm
    Mainstreetman says:

    Uh oh! Obviously, you are not a fan of Star Trek! Or even remotely familiar with it! Jeffrey Hunter was replaced by William Shatner after the original pilot. Leonard Nimoy, as Spock, was in the original pilot and all subsequent episodes of TOS.

  2. Jeffrey Hunter was replaced by William Shatner. Leonard Nimoy was in the pilot as Spock.

  3. Okay, you got me – I’m not a Trekkie! Thanks for pointing it out!!!

  4. March 5th, 2012 at 5:19 am
    Movie Lover says:

    King of Kings! You forgot his most famous movie role — Jesus Christ.

  5. March 5th, 2012 at 2:46 pm
    Ed Meiller says:

    Is that Robert Wagner popping out of the pool behind Jeffrey? He sure looks young.

  6. He was gorgeous! Love to see some pics of the fab Tab Hunter! Still a handsome man!

  7. You hit the jackpot here! I’ve always thought Jeff Hunter was the best looking male movie star of alltime.

  8. March 6th, 2012 at 9:03 am
    Jay Blotcher says:

    I would respectfully suggest that current TV and stage star Cheyenne Jackson passingly resembles Mr. Hunter.

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