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“Jeffrey Hunter: The Film, Television, Radio and Stage Performances
“, the long-awaited book by Paul Green with a foreword by Robert Wagner, has been published by McFarland! For more information about the book, see this page. To order a copy signed by the author, contact Paul at pgreen21@verizon.net .

“Without sounding smug, I’ve always felt that you have to be well prepared when old man opportunity comes knocking. I always wanted to be an actor, and so I did everything possible to prepare myself for my career.”
         ….. Jeffrey Hunter

“Be natural, sincere and honest on and off screen and stage or radio. A good acting job must come from the mind and heart.”
         ….. Jeffrey Hunter

“He was the finest, most decent man I’ve ever known.”
         ….. Longtime friend Lee Riordan

“Despite his looks and talent, there was nothing of the snob about Hank. His voice was quiet and gentle and his manners came right out of the Civil War South.”
         ….. Friend Don Kreger

Jeffrey Hunter, born Hank McKinnies, was a fine actor. His career spanned a wide range of roles: from a college frat-boy in Take Care of My Little Girl to a cavalry officer with a conscience in Custer of the West; from a brilliant scientist who drives himself insane in Brainstorm to a high-tech spy in Dimension 5; from a dashing prince of Baghdad in Princess of the Nile to real-life World War II heroes, in Hell to Eternity and The Longest Day, as well as fictional heroes, in Sailor of the King and In Love and War; from cowboys in the Old West – in Gun for a Coward and several other films – to Indian warriors in White Feather and Seven Cities of Gold. He acted opposite some of the greatest screen actors of his day, including John Wayne (in The Searchers) and Spencer Tracy (in The Last Hurrah). He also performed in many 1950’s radio dramas and made numerous appearances on television series, especially during the 1960’s – including a role as a serial killer (!) on the very first episode of the popular series The FBI. He also starred as a frontier lawyer in his own series, Temple Houston, on NBC-TV during the 1963-64 season. Perhaps his most unforgettable role was as Jesus Christ in the film King of Kings, though many fans first discovered Jeffrey Hunter as the iconic first captain of the starship USS Enterprise – Christopher Pike, in the early days of Star Trek.

This website is dedicated with love and gratitude to Jeffrey Hunter, whose work as an actor, and whose untimely death in 1969, touched the lives of so many.

With Siobhan McKenna in “King of Kings”

About Jeff’s Star on the Walk of Fame, including a photo!


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