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Jeffrey Hunter ACTOR


Jeffery Hunter was born on November 25th, 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana with the birth name Henry Herman McKinnies, Jr.  He was an only child and when he was almost four years old his family relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  As a teenager Jeffery became involved in acting working in productions at the North Shore Children's Theater and then between 1942 and 1944 he performed in summer stockHunter also found work as a radio actor.
Upon graduation from Whitefish Bay High School Jeffery joined the United States Navy, but when he became ill he was given a medical discharge.  He decided to enroll in college at Northwestern University in Illinois and gained more stage experience while in college as well as worked as a model part time for several Chicago photographers.  He then graduated in 1949 and attended graduate school at the University of California where he studied radio and drama.
When he was on stage at the University performing in the play, "All My Sons" (1950) some talent scouts from Paramount and 20th Century-Fox spotted him.  Jeffery did a screen test for both studios and ended up getting a contract with 20th Century-Fox who changed his stage name to Jeffery Hunter.  His contract lasted till 1959.
The first job they gave him was sending him to New York to work on, "Fourteen Hours" (1951) followed by a number of other films in supporting and lead roles.  He earned first billing for his role in the film, "Sailor of the King" (1953).  Finally his big break came with the film, "The Searchers" (1956) with co-star John Wayne.  He received great reviews for his performance and was cast in two other films directed by John Ford.
He was under contract with Warner Brothers from 1963 through 1965 and during the 60's he worked on a number of films such as, "Hell to Eternity" (1960) co-starring David Janssen and Vic Damone and "King of Kings" (1961) co-starring Robert Ryan.  He also worked on the television series, "Temple Houston" (1963) and the series, "Star Trek" (1966). However, when he decided not to continue in the lead role on, "Star Trek" his career began to take a turn south.  He was not getting offered as many roles and therefore, mostly worked on cheap westerns in Europe.
In 1969, Hunter suffered from a stroke and then fell and had to undergo emergency surgery, but sadly he died from complications on May 27th, 1969 in Los Angeles, California.  Throughout his lifetime he married a total of three times.  His first wife was Barbara Rush whom he married on December 1st, 1950 and they had one son together before divorcing on March 29th, 1955.  His second marriage was to Joan Bartlett from July 7th, 1957 and they had three children together before ending their marriage 10 years later in 1967.  His third and final wife was Emily McLaughlin whom he married on February 4th, 1969 and they remained together for only three months until he passed away.  Jeffery Hunter is interred in Sylmar, California's Glen Haven Memorial Park.     


1986 Star Trek
1969 ¡Viva América! 
1969 Super Colt 38 
1967-1969 Insight
1968 Sexy Susan Sins Again 
1965-1968 The F.B.I.
1968 Find a Place to Die 
1968 The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell
1967 Custer of the West 
1967 The Christmas Kid 
1967 A Guide for the Married Man
1967 A Witch Without a Broom 
1967 The Monroes
1966 The Green Hornet
1966 Daniel Boone
1966 Dimension 5
1966 The Legend of Jesse James
1966 Strange Portrait 
1966 Journey Into Fear
1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre
1965 Brainstorm 
1965 Uncle Tom's Cabin
1965 Murieta 
1963-1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
1963-1964 Temple Houston 
1963 The Man from Galveston 
1963 Gold for the Caesars 
1962 Combat!
1962 Death Valley Days
1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1962 The Longest Day
1962 No Man Is an Island 
1961 Checkmate
1961 King of Kings 
1961 Man-Trap 
1960 Key Witness 
1960 Hell to Eternity 
1960 Sergeant Rutledge 
1960 Destiny, West! 
1958 Pursuit
1958 In Love and War
1958 The Last Hurrah 
1957 Count Five and Die
1955-1957 Climax!
1957 No Down Payment 
1957 The Way to the Gold 
1957 The True Story of Jesse James 
1957 Gun for a Coward 
1956 A Kiss Before Dying 
1956 The Great Locomotive Chase 
1956 The Proud Ones 
1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour
1956 The Searchers
1955 Seven Cities of Gold 
1955 Seven Angry Men
1955 White Feather 
1954 Three Young Texans
1953 Sailor of the King
1952 Dreamboat
1952 Lure of the Wilderness 
1952 Belles on Their Toes 
1952 Red Skies of Montana 
1951 Take Care of My Little Girl
1951 The Frogmen
1951 Fourteen Hours 
1951 Call Me Mister 
1950 Julius Caesar    

Matinee Classics - The Longest Day starring John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Rod Steiger, Robert Wagner, Richard Beymer, Mel Ferrer, Jeffrey Hunter, Paul Anka, Sal Mineo, Richard Burton, Red Buttons, Sean Connery, Peter Lawford, Roddy McDowall and George Segal
Matinee Classics - Fourteen Hours starring Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Barbara Be Geddes, Debra Paget, Agnes Moorehead, Robert Keith, Howard Da Silva, Jeffrey Hunter, Martin Gabel, Grace Kelly, Frank Faylen, Jeff Corey, James Millican and Donald Randolph
Matinee Classics - Sergeant Rutledge starring Jeffrey Hunter, Woody Strode, Constance Towers, Billie Burke, Juano Hernandez, Willis Bouchey, Carleton Young and Judson Pratt
Matinee Classics - Sergeant Rutledge starring Jeffrey Hunter, Woody Strode, Constance Towers, Billie Burke, Juano Hernandez, Willis Bouchey, Carleton Young and Judson Pratt
Matinee Classics - Sergeant Rutledge starring Jeffrey Hunter, Woody Strode, Constance Towers, Billie Burke, Juano Hernandez, Willis Bouchey, Carleton Young and Judson Pratt
Matinee Classics - Temple Houston starring Jeffrey Hunter and Jack Elam

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