Short life of a great Western actor.. Jeffrey Hunter


Actor Jeffrey Hunter began his professional career in radio and summer stock and in 1950 came to Hollywood, where he was signed to a long-term contract by 20th Century Fox.

He portrayed Christ in the remake of the motion picture classic “King of Kings.” One of Hunter’s other important screen roles was that of the nephew of Mayor Skeffington, played by Spencer Tracy, in “The Last Hurrah.” His other films included “Call Me Mister,” “The Frogman,” “Red Skies of Montana,” “Sailor of the King,” “Seven Angry Men,” “Proud Ones,” “Kiss Before Dying,” “Hell to Eternity,” “Sergeant Rutledge” and “Brainstorm.”


In the early 1960s he starred in “Temple Houston,” a television series about a frontier lawyer.


Hunter was a native of New Orleans, a graduate of Northwestern University and a Navy veteran of World War II.


He died of injuries suffered when he fell down a flight of stairs at his Van Nuys home. Frank Bellow, also an actor and a friend of Hunter, found Hunter unconscious on the floor of a three-foot stairway when he came for a visit.


Police investigators told The Times that Hunter had experienced dizzy spells since suffering a head injury in an accidental explosion while making a picture in Spain. The scene called for a detonation aboard a train. Police said the on-set injury might have led to the accidental fall that took his life.

Born Henry H. McKinnies, Jr. on Nov. 25, 1926 in New Orleans, LA

Died May 27, 1969 of injuries suffered in fall in San Fernando Valley, CA


Best Western movies

White FeatheR

Dir. by Robert D. Webb (1955), starring Robert Wagner, Debra Paget & Hugh O’Brian

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The True Story of Jesse James

Dir. by Nicholas Ray (1957), starring Robert Wagner, Alan Hale & Jr.

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The Searchers

Dir. by John Ford (1956), starring John Wayne, Natalie Wood & Vera Miles

The Searchers is a 1956 American Technicolor VistaVision Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May, and starring John Wayne as a middle-aged veteran who spends years..

The Proud Ones

Dir. by Robert D. Webb (1956), starring Walter Brennan, Robert Ryan & Virginia Mayo

The Proud Ones is a 1956 western film directed by Robert D. Webb and starring Robert Ryan and Virginia Mayo

The Christmas Kid

Dir. by Sidney W. Pink (1967), starring Jeffrey Hunter, Louis Hayward & Jack Taylor

The Christmas Kid is a 1967 western film directed by Sidney W. Pink and distributed in America by Troma Entertainment.

Sergeant Rutledge

Dir. by John Ford (1960), starring Woody Strode, Jeffrey Hunter & Billie Burke

Sergeant Rutledge is a 1960 Western and military courtroom drama starring Woody Strode and Jeffrey Hunter. It was directed by John Ford and shot on location in Monument Valley, Utah. The film starred.

Gun for a Coward

Dir. by Abner Biberman (1957), starring Fred MacMurray, Dean Stockwell & Jeffrey Hunter

Gun for a Coward is a 1957 western film directed by Abner Biberman.

Find a Place to Die

Dir. by Giuliano Carnimeo (1968), starring Jeffrey Hunter, Piero Lulli & Nello Pazzafini

Find a Place to Die is a spaghetti western starring Jeffrey Hunter and Pascale Petit . It was directed by Giuliano Carnimeo.

Custer of the West

Dir. by Robert Siodmak (1967), starring Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan & Jeffrey Hunter

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