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Morning Man Classic: Jon-Erik Hexum!

I still remember the first time I ever laid eyes on the dreamy Jon-Erik Hexum.

It was in the 1983 television movie The Making of a Male Model opposite Joan Collins. The Dynasty diva played a successful modeling agent who meets the young and handsome ranch hand Tyler Burnett (Hexum) in Nevada while attending an outdoor shoot. She notices his good looks and invites him to move to New York and start working as a male model.

Hexum had already starred in the TV series Voyagers! which lasted one season. But I had never watched it so this movie was my introduction to him. By 1984, he had landed the lead in another series: CBS’s Cover Up opposite Jennifer O’Neill. Hexum played a former Marine Special Forces Operative working undercover as a male model.

Sadly, the young actor was killed on the set of the show after completing just seven episodes. He was playing with a gun loaded with blanks and shot himself in the right temple. He was declared dead six days after the accident.

But he’s never been forgotten.
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6 Remarks

  1. i remember he took my breath away every time i saw him on tv…..

  2. I was not quite a teen when he became popular but even then I knew he made me “feel” something different about myself. He was, and looking back still would be, an incredibly attractive man. I don’t think he was all that good of an actor; but, he may have grown in that respect with time. It is indisputable he was a gorgeous specimen of manhood though.

  3. Such a beautiful man. Hurt hearing of his passing in 1984.

  4. I keep thinking about just how far this guy could have gone in the business. The fact that he is still so remembered by those of us who actually saw him alive probably shows that he would have had lots of staying power in the industry. He had incredible, clean good-looks that are hard to find today, and it’s a real shame that his career ended so tragically and with it being so promising. Thanks for the choice here!

  5. THANKS FOR REMINDING US OF A VERY HANDSOME MAN THAT SO MANY OF US WERE TAKEN BY!!

  6. Thank you, Greg.

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