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Jeffrey Hunter

Biography

Prolific actor who played out John Wayne’s sidekick in The Searchers and Captain Christopher Pike in the pilot bout of Celebrity Trek. While carrying out at a university play, a scout from 20th Hundred years Fox noticed him and provided him a agreement. He was the name character around the shortlived NBC series, Temple Houston. He was wedded to celebrity Barbara Hurry from 1950 to 1955. Charlton Heston was a classmate of his at Northwestern University or college.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jeffrey Hunter
Date Of Birth November 25, 1926
Place Of Birth New Orleans, LA
Height 1.83 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Northwestern University, University of California, Los Angeles, Whitefish Bay High School
Nationality American
Spouse Emily McLaughlin, Joan Bartlett, Barbara Rush
Children Christopher Hunter, Steele Hunter, Todd Hunter, Scott Hunter
Parents Edith Burgess McKinnies, H. H. McKinnies
Movies The Searchers, King of Kings, Sergeant Rutledge, Sailor of the King, Hell to Eternity, The Last Hurrah, Gun for a Coward, The Longest Day, No Man Is an Island, The True Story of Jesse James, White Feather, Fourteen Hours, Princess Of The Nile, The Proud Ones, Belles on Their Toes, The Great Locomotive Chase, A Kiss Before Dying, Red Skies of Montana, Lure of the Wilderness, The Frogmen, Brainstorm, Find a Place to Die, Custer of the West, No Down Payment, Take Care of My Little Girl, Cry Chicago, Count Five and Die, The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell, The Christmas Kid, Dreamboat, Seven Cities of Gold, Three Young Texans, A Guide for the Married Man, Dimension 5, Seven Angry Men, In Love and War, Gold for the Caesars, Man-Trap, Key Witness, The Way to the Gold, Call Me Mister, The Hostess Also Has a Count, Julius Caesar, Strange Portrait, The Cage (Original Pilot), A Witch Without a Broom, Trains of Silence, Mafia Mob, Murieta, Man From Galveston
TV Shows Temple Houston
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1 Owned Apollo Productions, which produced his series Temple Houston (1963).
2 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6918 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
3 Friends and business partners with William Hayes.
4 During his marriage to Emily McLaughlin in 1969, he expressed an interest in appearing on her daytime soap opera, General Hospital (1963). The series' producer didn't believe him, but his interest was sincere.
5 He was the first friend actor Roger Moore made in Hollywood. In his autobiography, Moore says he named his son Geoffrey Moore in his honor.
6 Was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity while at Northwestern University.
7 He worked as a model for several Chicago commercial photographers while a student at Northwestern University.
8 While at Northwestern University he studied under Alvina Krauss, who also taught such Hollywood luminaries as Charlton Heston, Tony Randall, Cloris Leachman, Claude Akins, Jerry Orbach, Ann-Margret and Warren Beatty. Many years after he graduated, Ms. Krauss stated that Hank McKinnies--as she knew him at the time--was the most talented student she ever had.
9 In a radio interview in Palm Springs on November 7, 2005, Laurel Goodwin, his co-star in the Star Trek (1966) pilot, revealed that his wife at the time, Joan Bartlett, demanded that he get more money to continue performing in the lead role when the pilot was picked up as a regular series. After long negotiations the producers, feeling great pressure, decided to simply recast Hunter for a new actor and character, Capt. James Tiberius Kirk, played by William Shatner. The crew was also recast to bring different ethnic backgrounds to the cast to show how they co-existed peacefully in the future.
10 Father, with Joan Bartlett, of sons Todd Hunter and Scott Hunter.
11 Proposed marriage to Mai Tai Sing (1966), Sally Ann Howes (1967), ex-wife Joan Bartlett (1968), and Emily McLaughlin (1969).
12 Under contract to Warner Bros. Pictures, 1963-1965.
13 Served in the United States Navy, under the service number 960 39 80, from May 28, 1945 to May 25, 1946. Received a Medical Discharge as a Seaman First Class and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.
14 Following in the footsteps of fellow heartthrob turned hit crooner Tab Hunter, he recorded a never-released album of love songs for Parade Records in 1957, some of which he wrote, including "Dusty", dedicated to his new wife.
15 Although in studio publicity Hunter claimed to be a descendant of Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the United States, he was not a direct descendant, although he may have been a collateral descendant, through his father's maternal grandmother, from the Taylors of Virginia.
16 Was working toward his Master's degree in radio at UCLA when he was discovered.
17 Attended Northwestern University and graduated on August 26, 1949, He majored in speech and radio and minored in psychology and English.
18 On June 1, 1950, 20th Century-Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck signed him to a contract and changed his name to Jeffrey Hunter.
19 Son with Barbara Rush, Christopher (born 29 August 1952).
20 While in Spain to film the Chicago Mafia story ¡Viva América! (1969), he was injured in an on-set explosion, suffering facial lacerations from broken glass and powder burns. Later an old friend, a former British commando, accidentally hit him on the chin with a karate chop when Hunter, who knew judo, failed to defend himself in time, banging the back of his head against a door. Then, while on the plane with his wife returning to the US, Hunter's right arm suddenly became semi-paralyzed and he lost the power of speech, two signs of a stroke. He was taken directly off the plane upon landing, to a hospital in Los Angeles. He recovered and was released after a couple of weeks. Shortly after signing to co-star with Vince Edwards in The Desperados (1969), Hunter suffered another cerebral hemorrhage while on a short flight of steps in his living room, and collapsed, injuring his head in the fall. It was not known how long he had been unconscious when he was finally found. He died, without regaining consciousness, the following day after surgery to repair the skull fracture, at age 42.
21 While playing Jesus in King of Kings (1961), his armpits were shaved for the crucifixion scenes
22 Had starred in the unsold, unshown NBC series pilot "Journey Into Fear" in 1966. Based on the same Eric Ambler novel as the 1942 movie with Orson Welles.
23 Cast as Christopher Pike, captain of the USS Enterprise, in the original Star Trek (1966) pilot in 1964. However, when an undecided NBC requested a second pilot in early 1965, Hunter declined, having decided to concentrate on his movie career, instead. Producer Gene Roddenberry, after hearing the news, wrote to Hunter, "I am told you have decided not to go ahead with 'Star Trek'. This has to be your own decision, of course, and I must respect it", and then asked Hunter if he would come back for "one day or two of shooting an additional action opening which can result in a fast, tightly cut, exciting film release". Hunter, who had a six-month exclusive contract for the series lead, also declined that request. Footage from the first pilot was later incorporated into a two-part episode titled "The Menagerie" in "Star Trek"'s first season (Roddenberry later tried to give the impression that it was he who decided not to rehire Hunter for the second pilot. As executive producer Herbert F. Solow pointed out, however, major casting decisions for the series were made by Desilu and NBC executives, not the producer). It wasn't until 1988 that it was screened intact as a filler episode entitled "The Cage" on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) due to a writer's strike.
24 Wife Joan Bartlett was a former model. Two sons, Todd and Scott. Hunter adopted her son, Steele Hunter, from a previous marriage.
25 He desperately lobbied to be cast as Mike Brady for the situation comedy The Brady Bunch (1969). Producer Sherwood Schwartz would not consider him, as he thought Hunter was "too good-looking to be an architect". Hunter died just months before the series premiered in 1969.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Legend of Jesse James 1966 TV Series Jeremy Thrallkill
Journey Into Fear 1966 TV Series Dr. Howard Graham
Kraft Suspense Theatre 1965 TV Series Fred Girard
Brainstorm 1965 Jim Grayam (as Jeff Hunter)
Uncle Tom's Cabin 1965 voice, uncredited
Murieta 1965 Joaquín Murrieta
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1963-1964 TV Series Barry Stinson / Gabe Flanders
Temple Houston 1963-1964 TV Series Temple Houston
The Man from Galveston 1963 Timothy Higgins
Gold for the Caesars 1963 Lacer
Combat! 1962 TV Series Sgt. Dane
Death Valley Days 1962 TV Series Capt. Walter Reed, MD
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1962 TV Series Harold
The Longest Day 1962 Sgt. (later Lt.) John H. Fuller (as Jeff Hunter)
No Man Is an Island 1962 George R. Tweed
Checkmate 1961 TV Series Edward 'Jocko' Townsend
King of Kings 1961 Jesus
Man-Trap 1961 Matt Jameson
Key Witness 1960 Fred Morrow
Hell to Eternity 1960 Guy Gabaldon
Sergeant Rutledge 1960 Lt. Tom Cantrell
Destiny, West! 1960 TV Movie John Charles Fremont
Our American Heritage 1960 TV Series John Charles Freemont
Pursuit 1958 TV Series Lt. Aaron Gibbs
In Love and War 1958 Sgt. Nico Kantaylis
The Last Hurrah 1958 Adam Caulfield
Count Five and Die 1957 Captain Bill Ranson
Climax! 1955-1957 TV Series Phil Aubry / Wesley Jerome Penn
No Down Payment 1957 David Martin
The Way to the Gold 1957 Joe Mundy
The True Story of Jesse James 1957 Frank James
Gun for a Coward 1957 Bless Keough
A Kiss Before Dying 1956 Gordon Grant
The Great Locomotive Chase 1956 William A. Fuller
The 20th Century-Fox Hour 1956 TV Series Dick Cannock
The Searchers 1956 Martin Pawley
The Proud Ones 1956 Thad Anderson
Seven Cities of Gold 1955 Matuwir
Seven Angry Men 1955 Owen Brown
White Feather 1955 Little Dog
Princess of the Nile 1954 Prince Haidi
Three Young Texans 1954 Johnny Colt
Sailor of the King 1953 Signalman Andrew 'Canada' Brown
Dreamboat 1952 Bill Ainslee
Lure of the Wilderness 1952 Ben Tyler
Belles on Their Toes 1952 Dr. Bob Grayson
Red Skies of Montana 1952 Edward J. (Ed) Miller
Take Care of My Little Girl 1951 Chad Carnes
The Frogmen 1951 Pappy Creighton
Fourteen Hours 1951 Danny Klempner
Call Me Mister 1951 The Kid
Julius Caesar 1950 Third Plebian (uncredited)
Star Trek 1986 TV Series Captain Christopher Pike
¡Viva América! 1969 Frank Mannata
Super Colt 38 1969 Billy Hayes
Insight 1967-1969 TV Series Ken / James Smith
Sexy Susan Sins Again 1968 Count Enrico
The F.B.I. 1965-1968 TV Series Ralph Stuart / Francis Jerome
Find a Place to Die 1968 Joe Collins
The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell 1968 Lt. (J.G.) Lyman P. Jones
Custer of the West 1967 Capt. Benteen
The Christmas Kid 1967 Joe Novak
A Guide for the Married Man 1967 Technical Adviser (Mountain Climber)
A Witch Without a Broom 1967 Garver Logan (as Jeff Hunter)
The Monroes 1967 TV Series Ed Stanley
Strange Portrait 1966 Mark
The Green Hornet 1966 TV Series Emmet Crown
Daniel Boone 1966 TV Series Roark Logan
Dimension 5 1966 Justin Power

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Temple Houston 1963-1964 TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes
La ciudad sagrada 1959 producer
The Living Swamp 1955 Short documentary producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Belles on Their Toes 1952 performer: "Any Rags, Any Bones, Any Bottles Today?"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The American West of John Ford 1971 TV Movie documentary actor 'The Searchers'
Oh My Word 1969 TV Series Himself
A Bob Hope Comedy Special 1966 TV Special Himself
Your First Impression 1963 TV Series Himself
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Himself
Guest Shot 1962 TV Series documentary Himself
Disneyland '59 1959 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Juke Box Jury 1959 TV Series Himself
Mardi Gras 1958 Himself - Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
You Asked for It 1958 TV Series Himself
Screen Snapshots 1856: The Mocambo Party 1957 Short Himself
Premiere Performance 1957 TV Series Himself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1956 TV Series Himself
The George Gobel Show 1955 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1953 TV Series Himself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Night Life 1952 Short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series Jesus
Pioneers of Television 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Christopher Pike in Star Trek: The Cage
Spacelift: Transporting Trek Into the 21st Century 2011 Video short Captain Christopher Pike
The Naked Archaeologist 2005-2010 TV Series documentary Jesus
Religulous 2008 Documentary Jesus
How the West Was Lost 2008 TV Movie documentary Martin Pawley (uncredited)
100 Years of John Wayne 2007 TV Short documentary
Private Screenings 2006 TV Series Wesley Penn - 'South Of The Sun' on Climax TV series
Birth of a Timeless Legacy 2004 Video short Captain Christopher Pike
Reflections on Spock 2004 Video short Captain Pike
Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 TV Movie documentary
E! Mysteries & Scandals 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 1999 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
John Wayne: On Board with the Duke 1997 Video documentary Himself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Martin Pawley, 'The Searchers' (uncredited)
Jesus Christ, Movie Star 1992 TV Movie documentary Jesus Christ
Hollywood Mavericks 1990 Documentary Martin Pawley
The 1950's: Music, Memories & Milestones 1988 Video documentary Himself
America at the Movies 1976 Documentary Martin Pawley (uncredited)
Directed by John Ford 1971 Documentary
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite 1969 TV Series Himself
Star Trek 1966 TV Series Captain Christopher Pike
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1961 TV Series William A. Fuller

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6918 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1961 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Action Performance Hell to Eternity (1960)

TitleSalary
Temple Houston (1963) $5,000 /episode

#Quote
1 I was told I had arrived when, during the shooting of The Searchers (1956), they gave me almost as much ammunition as they gave John Wayne.


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