Actor Tab Hunter, star of ‘Damn Yankees!’ movie, dies age 86

Actor Tab Hunter, whose blond good looks made him a heartthrob for millions of teenage girls in the 1950s with such films as “Battle Cry” and “Damn Yankees!,” has died in Santa Barbara, California. He was 86.

Producer and longtime partner Allan Glaser said Hunter died Sunday of a blood clot in his leg that caused cardiac arrest.

Hunter had five years of intense fame. In addition to his hit movies, he tried his hand at singing and his recording of “Young Love” shot to No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart in 1957.

But in his 2005 memoir, “Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star,” Hunter recounted the stresses of being a love object to millions of young women when he was, in reality, a gay man.