A Tribute to Jeffrey Hunter

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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

King of Kings' inspiring musical score was composed by Miklos Rozsa, who had just won an Oscar for his score for Ben Hur.

KING OF KINGS .... 1961

(Jesus Christ)  Jeff won high praise for his sincere, luminous portrayal in this big-budget widescreen biblical epic, considered one of the best of its genre. Directed by Nicholas Ray and narrated by Orson Welles, the film co-starred Robert Ryan, Rip Torn, Siobhan McKenna, Viveca Lindfors, and Hurd Hatfield.

Commentaries and Articles of Interest:
Jeffrey Hunter in King of Kings from SF Examiner Pictorial Living, October 1, 1961 (added 4/3/2012)
The Man Who Played "King of Kings": A tribute to Jeffrey Hunter by Victoria Helen Turner, 2010
King of Kings from British Photoplay, April 1961
Great Films from the Greatest Book from ABC Film Review, December 1961
King of Kings from ABC Film Review, April 1962
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According to Bernard Eisenschitz's Nicholas Ray: An American Journey, John Ford, who had just finished filming Sergeant Rutledge with Jeff, recommended Jeff to Ray for the role of Christ.  Of course, Ray had worked with Jeff once before, on The True Story of Jesse James (1957).
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