Jeffrey Hunter Biography (1926-1969)

Original name, Henry Herman McKinnies; born November 25, 1926, in New Orleans, LA; died of a cerebral hemorrhage, May 27, 1969, in Van Nuys, CA; married Barbara Rush (an actress), 1950 (divorced, 1955); married Joan Bartlett (a model), 1957 (divorced, 1967); married Emily McLaughlin (an actress), 1969; children: (first marriage) Chris (son); (second marriage) Todd, Scott; (third marriage) Steele (adopted son).

Birth Details
November 25, 1926
New Orleans
Death Details
May 27, 1969
Van Nuys, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Chad Carnes, Take Care of My Little Girl, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1951.
  • Creighton, The Frogmen, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1951.
  • Danny, Fourteen Hours, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1951.
  • The kid, Call Me Mister, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1951.
  • Ed Miller, Red Skies of Montana (also known as Smoke Jumpers), TwentiethCentury-Fox, 1952.
  • Ben Tyler, Lure of the Wilderness, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952.
  • Bill Ainslee, Dreamboat, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952.
  • Dr. Bob Grayson, Belles on Their Toes, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952.
  • Signalman Andrew Brown, Sailor of the King (also known as Able Seaman Brown and Single-Handed), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953.
  • Johnny Colt, Three Young Texans, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954.
  • Prince Haidi, Princess of the Nile, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954.
  • Little Dog, White Feather, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955.
  • Matuwir, Seven Cities of Gold, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955.
  • Owen Brown, Seven Angry Men, Allied Artists, 1955.
  • Martin Pawley, The Searchers, Warner Bros., 1956.
  • Thad, The Proud Ones, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1956.
  • Gordon Grant, A Kiss before Dying, United Artists (UA), 1956.
  • William Andrew Fuller, The Great Locomotive Chase (also known as Andrew'sRaiders), Buena Vista, 1956.
  • Joe Mundy, The Way to the Gold, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
  • Frank James, The True Story of Jesse James (also known as The James Brothers), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
  • David Martin, No Down Payment, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
  • Bless Keough, Gun for a Coward, Universal, 1957.
  • Ranson, Count Five and Die, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
  • Himself, Mardi Gras, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.
  • Adam Caulfield, The Last Hurrah, Columbia, 1958.
  • Nico Kantaylis, In Love and War, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.
  • La ciudad sagrada, Mexico Films, 1959.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Cantrell, Sergeant Rutledge (also known as The Trial ofSergeant Rutledge), Warner Bros., 1960.
  • Fred Morrow, Key Witness, Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer (MGM), 1960.
  • Guy Gabaldon, Hell to Eternity, Allied Artists, 1960.
  • Matt Jameson, Man-Trap (also known as Man in Hiding), Paramount, 1961.
  • Jesus Christ, King of Kings, MGM, 1961.
  • George R. Tweed, No Man Is an Island (also known as Island Escape), Universal, 1962.
  • Sergeant Fuller, The Longest Day, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962.
  • Timothy Higgins, The Man from Galveston, Warner Bros., 1964.
  • Lacer, Gold for the Caesars (also known as Or pour les cesars), MGM, 1964.
  • Joaquin Murieta, Murieta (also known as Joaquin Murrieta and Vendetta), Warner Bros., 1965.
  • Jim Grayam, Brainstorm, Warner Bros., 1965.
  • Justin Power, Dimension 5, Feature Film, 1966.
  • Garver Logan, A Witch without a Broom (also known as Una Bruja sin Escoba), Producers Releasing Corp., 1967.
  • A Guide for the Married Man, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967.
  • Lieutenant Lyman P. Jones, The Private Navy of Sergeant O'Farrell, UA, 1968.
  • Lieutenant Benteen, Custer of the West (also known as Good Day for Fighting), Cinerama, 1968.
  • Joe Novak, The Christmas Kid (also known as Joe Navidad), Producers Releasing Corp., 1968.
  • Also appeared as a background extra, Julius Caesar, 1950; and in Frau Wirtin hat auch einen Grafen, 1968, released in the United States as Sexy SusanSins Again (also known as Sexy Susan at the King's Court and The Hostess AlsoHas a Count), 1969; Joe, Find a Place to Die (also known as Joe, cercati unposto per morire), 1968; Super Colt 38, 1969; and Viva America! (also known as Mafia Mob and Cry, Chicago), 1970.
  • Also appeared in the unreleased Strange Portrait, East-West Productions,1966. Provided voiceovers for the U.S. release of Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1965.
  • Credits; Film Producer
  • La ciudad sagrada, Mexico Films, 1959.
  • Also produced the documentary The Living Swamp.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Series
  • Title role, Temple Houston, NBC, 1963-64.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • "South of the Sun," Climax, CBS, 1955.
  • The George Gobel Show, CBS, 1955.
  • "The Empty Room," Twentieth Century-Fox Hour, CBS, 1956.
  • Guest, Disneyland, 1956.
  • "Hurricane Diana," Climax, CBS, 1957.
  • "Kiss Me Again, Stranger," Pursuit, CBS, 1958.
  • You Asked for It, syndicated, 1958.
  • John Charles Fremont, "Destiny West," Our American Heritage, NBC, 1960.
  • Andrew Fuller, "The Secret Mission," World of Disney, ABC, 1961.
  • Andrew Fuller, "Andrew's Raiders," World of Disney, ABC, 1961.
  • "Waiting for Jocko," Checkmate, CBS, 1961.
  • Guest Shot, syndicated, 1962.
  • "Don't Look behind You," Alfred Hitchcock Hour, CBS, 1962.
  • "Lost Sheep, Lost Shepherd," Combat, ABC, 1962.
  • Dr. Walter Reed, "Suzie," Death Valley Days, syndicated, 1962.
  • "Seven Miles of Bad Road," Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre, NBC, 1963.
  • "Parties to the Crime," Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre, NBC, 1964.
  • "The Trains of Silence," Kraft Suspense Theatre, NBC, 1965.
  • "The Monster," The FBI, ABC, 1965.
  • "Field of Wild Flowers," The Legend of Jesse James, ABC, 1966.
  • Captain Christopher Pike, "The Menagerie," Star Trek (appearance culled from his lead role in the series' original pilot from 1965), NBC, 1966.
  • "Requiem for Craw Greene," Daniel Boone, NBC, 1966.
  • "Freeway to Death," Green Hornet, ABC, 1966.
  • "Wild Bull," The Monroes, ABC, 1967.
  • "The Enemies," The FBI, ABC, 1968.
  • "Madam," Insight, syndicated, 1968.
  • "The Poker Game," Insight, syndicated, 1969.
  • Credits; Other Television Appearances
  • Host, Premiere Performance, syndicated, 1957.
  • Also starred in several television pilots that were never broadcast. These include appearances as Howard Graham, Journey Into Fear, NBC, 1966; and asFather Sorin, The Equitable Life Theatre, 1961.
  • Credits; Stage Appearances
  • Starbuck, The Rainmaker, Pheasant Run Playhouse, near Chicago, IL, 1967.
  • Appeared in summer stock productions in Pennsylvania.
  • Credits; Radio Appearances; Episodic
  • Appeared as Ben Tyler, "Lure of the Wilderness," Lux Radio Theatre, 1953,and as Tom Owens, "Rawhide," Lux Radio Theatre, 1955.
  • Credits; Other Radio Appearances
  • Appeared in Milwaukee, WI, area radio programs, including the series Those Who Serve; also performed with Children's Theatre of the Air.
  • Credits; Albums
  • Released one album, 1957.

Further Reference


  • Film and Filming, April, 1962; April, 1983.
  • Starlog, October, 1996.
  • Western Clippings, March/April, 1997.

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