A Tribute to Jeffrey Hunter

Home PageFrom New Orleans to Wisconsin to HollywoodClick here to browse through pages of publicity portraits, candids, and family photosFilmsPhotos and other information from his television appearancesWhat's available on DVD and VHS? Find out!1950's radio performancesArticles from movie magazines, interviews, clippings, and other goodies!Various book and magazine covers adorned with photos of JeffWatch short streaming video clips from his films and television appearancesLinks to other interesting movie sites, and sites with Jeffrey Hunter informationContact


Jeffrey Hunter portrayed Christ in this classic film
Jeffrey Hunter co-starred with John Wayne in this popular John Ford film
Jeffrey Hunter portrayed Captain Christopher Pike in the early days of Star Trek

When in LA:
Jeffrey Hunter's Star on the Walk Of Fame is located on Hollywood Blvd almost directly across the street from the Chinese Theater. It was placed there as part of the initial installation of stars which began on Feb 8th, 1960 and took 2-3 years.  For a photo of the Star, click here.                                      
"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 .

"Jeff had kindness in his heart and in his soul."
         ..... Actor and frequent co-star Robert Wagner, from the Foreword to Paul Green's book

"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." ... Advice for aspiring actors.
         ..... 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

Welcome to jeffreyhunter.net!

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 (1961)

 Website News and Updates:

Updated the On Video page. Most of Jeff's movies are now available on DVD, and many are on Blu-ray, too!  Amazon Video availability is also listed.

Added links on the Video Clips page to two of Jeff's films from 1958 - Count Five and Die, and In Love and War - that are available for viewing on archive.org.

Added eight photos to the Temple Houston page, as well as seven to the Television page, for Jeff's episode "Destiny, West!" in the 1960 "Our American Heritage" series.  To my knowledge, the latter is the only role besides Jesus in King of Kings that Jeff portrayed with a beard.  Happy Easter to all Jeffrey Hunter fans!

The Fan Forum and Chatroom have been down for awhile due to technical difficulties.  Sadly, because of apparent lack of interest - it's hard to compete with Facebook and other social media! - they will not return.  Thanks much for your past participation!                                                            Claudia

Many updates!  4 new photos for Sailor of the King, 4 photos for Three Young Texans, 9 photos for Lure of the Wilderness, as well as added plot information and photos for two TV programs, as well as a new photo for the Climax! "South of the Sun" episode - all on the Television page!

Jeff's 1955 film Seven Angry Men has recently been released on DVD by the Warner Archive Collection - hooray!

A big Thank You to our friend Todd for the five new images on the King of Kings page!  All of these are from the Sermon on the Mount scene on the Blu-Ray disk.  Happy Easter to all!

Added photos to the Sailor of the King page, the Three Young Texans page, and the ¡Viva America! page.  Happy Holidays to Jeff's fans all over the world!

The Radio page has been completely revamped and should now work in all browsers.  If you haven't listened to Jeff's radio programs yet, please do check them out - they are a joy to listen to!

  July 2011
The book "Jeffrey Hunter and Temple Houston: A Story of Network Television", written by our friend Glenn Mosley, is available for sale at amazon.com and many other fine booksellers.
With Dan Dailey in Call Me Mister (1951)
With Natalie Wood and John Wayne in The Searchers (1956)

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