Original name Martin Fuss; born May 6, 1926, in Cleveland, OH; died March 10,1996, in Los Angeles, CA. Film producer. Hunter gained prominence as the producer of more than sixty sentimental and romantic films, including Pillow Talk and Tammy and the Bachelor. After receiving his Master's Degree from Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University), he taught schoolin Cleveland. He served in U.S. Army Intelligence during World War II beforeheading to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. In 1944 he appeared in Louisiana Hayride, the first of several B-movies in which he was cast. In 1953 hisfirst film as a producer, Take Me to Town, was released. During the 1950s and 1960s he produced numerous films, including Magnificent Obsession, All ThatHeaven Allows, My Man Godfrey, This Happy Feeling, Imitation of Life, and The Chalk Garden. He also produced several musicals--Lost Horizon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Flower Drum Song, to name a few. In 1970, Hunter brought anew genre of film to the movie-going public--the disaster film. Airport, based on the novel by Arthur Hailey, included an all-star cast and earned Hunteran Academy Award nomination for best picture.