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Jeffrey Hunter
Jeffrey Hunter

Jeffrey Hunter (November 25, 1926 - May 27, 1969) was a film and television actor. He was born Henry Herman McKinnies, Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he began acting in local theater and radio in his early teens. He served stateside in the United States Navy in World War II, then studied drama at Northwestern University. Jeffrey Hunter This work is copyrighted. ... Jeffrey Hunter This work is copyrighted. ... November 25 is the 329th (in leap years the 330th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... May 27 is the 147th day (148th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 218 days remaining. ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... State nickname: Pelican State Other U.S. States Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans, officially (currently Baton Rouge due to the evacuation of New Orleans) Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) Official languages None; English and French de facto Area 134,382 km² (31st)  - Land 112,927 km²  - Water 21,455... This article is about Milwaukee in Wisconsin. ... State nickname: Badger State State motto: Forward Other U.S. States Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Governor Jim Doyle (D) Official languages None Area 169,790 km² (23rd)  - Land 140,787 km²  - Water 28,006 km² (17%) Population (2000)  - Population 5,453,896 (18th)  - Density 38. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons like the atom bomb World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a mid-20th-century conflict that engulfed much of the globe... Northwestern University is a private university which has its main campus in Evanston, Illinois, on a 240-acre (970,000 m²) campus along the shore of Lake Michigan. ...

In 1950, while a graduate student in radio at the University of California, Los Angeles and appearing in a college play, he was spotted by talent scouts and offered a two-year motion picture contract by 20th Century Fox that was eventually extended to 1959. He made his Hollywood debut in Fourteen Hours (1951), had star billing by Red Skies of Montana (1952), and first billing in Sailor of the King (1953). The University of California, Los Angeles, popularly known as UCLA, is a public, coeducational university situated in the neighborhood of Westwood within the city of Los Angeles. ... 20th Century Fox logo Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ...

Hunter's handsome looks and gentle manner recalled two earlier Fox stars, Tyrone Power and the young Henry Fonda. A loan-out to co-star with John Wayne in the title roles of the now-classic western The Searchers (1956) began the first of three pictures he made with director John Ford, followed by The Last Hurrah (1958) and Sergeant Rutledge (1960). Tyrone Power in 1946 Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr. ... Fonda in the 1957 classic, 12 Angry Men. ... John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), nicknamed Duke, was an American film actor whose career began in silent movies in the 1920s. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... John Ford (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973) was one of the most accomplished American film directors of the 1930s to 1960s, known particularly as a director of the Westerns, although his tributes to the veterans of World War II and Americana are also equally effective. ...

Ford also recommended Hunter to director Nicholas Ray for the role of Jesus in the biblical King of Kings (1961), a difficult part met by critical reaction that ranged from praise to ridicule. Among an all-star cast in the World War II battle epic The Longest Day (1962), he provided the climactic heroic act of breaching the defense wall atop Normandy's Omaha Beach. Nicholas Ray (born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle) (August 7, 1911–June 16, 1979) was an American film director. ... // Jesus, or Jesus of Nazareth, also known as Jesus Christ, is Christianitys central figure, both as Messiah and, for most Christians, as God incarnate. ... King of Kings is a Samuel Bronston-produced epic retelling the story of Jesus from his brith to his cruxificion and resurrection. ... DVD cover The Longest Day is a 180-minute 1962 war film, based on the 1959 book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944. ... Troops from the first division landing on Omaha beach. ...

Having guest starred on television dramas since the mid-1950s, Hunter was now offered a two-year contract by Warner Bros. that included starring as a circuit-riding Texas lawyer in the NBC series Temple Houston (1963-64), which Hunter's production company co-produced. Warner Bros. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ...

Although Temple Houston did not survive its first season, NBC offered him the lead role of Captain Christopher Pike in the pilot episode (The Cage) of a new science fiction series, Star Trek. His pensive take on the role was in contrast to the more idiosyncratic style of William Shatner, who took the part after Hunter, deciding to concentrate on motion pictures such as Brainstorm, declined to film a second Star Trek pilot requested by NBC in 1965. But Hunter was soon filming the pilot for yet another NBC series, the espionage thriller Journey Into Fear, which the network failed to pick up. Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike Christopher Pike is a fictional character in Star Trek. ... The Cage is the original pilot episode of the Star Trek science fiction franchise. ... Star Trek collectively refers to six science fiction television series spanning 726 episodes, ten motion pictures, and hundreds of novels, video games, and other works of fiction, all set within the same fictional universe created by Gene Roddenberry in the early- to mid-1960s. ... William Shatner as Captain Kirk William Shatner (born in Montreal, Quebec, March 22, 1931) is an actor, writer and musical performer. ... Brainstorm, released in 1965, is a late film noir whose male protagonist at first prevents the suicide of his employers wife, falls in love with her, and is later driven to crime and insanity. ...

With the demise of the studio contract system in the early 1960s and the out-sourcing of much feature production, Hunter like many other leading men of the 1950s had to find work in B-pictures produced in Europe, Hong Kong, and Mexico, with the occasional television guest part in Hollywood.

In May 1969, shortly after marrying actress Emily McLaughlin, he suffered a stroke while at home, causing a fall and a skull fracture. He died the following day from his injuries and was interred in the Glen Haven Memorial Park cemetery in Sylmar, California. Emily McLaughlin (1 December 1930 - 26 April 1991) was an American soap opera actress. ... A stroke or cerebrovascular accident (CVA) occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is suddenly interrupted by occlusion (an ischemic stroke- approximately 90% of strokes), by hemorrhage (a hemorrhagic stroke - less than 10% of strokes) or other causes. ... Sylmar is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, California. ...

Hunter's two previous marriages included actress Barbara Rush in the early 1950s.

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Remembering Jeffrey Hunter (1152 words)
Jeffrey Hunter was Captain Christopher Pike of the U.S.S. Enterprise, and thus the star of the show, in the 1965 first pilot episode entitled "The Cage" (pictured below with Leonard Nimoy).
The official reason given at the time is that Hunter decided not to do the series, but wished to work on feature films rather than TV, as he had done most of his career.
Or it may be that Hunter announced he was not returning after Roddenberry had already decided not to ask him back, so that both versions were given by different people as the reason for his leaving.
Jeffrey Hunter - Biography - Moviefone (275 words)
In 1961, Jeffrey Hunter was cast as Jesus Christ in The King of Kings; the actor's youthful appearance prompted industry wags to dub the picture "I Was a Teenaged Jesus," though in fact Hunter was 33 at the time.
From 1950 through 1955, Hunter was married to actress Barbara Rush, who years after the divorce would remember Hunter fondly as the handsomest man she ever met.
Jeffrey Hunter died of a concussion at 42, after an accidental fall in his home.
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