Jeffrey Hunter

Jeffrey Hunter


11/25/1926, New Orleans, LA



Birth Name

Henry Herman McKinnies Jr


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Jeffrey Hunter was an American actor from New Orleans, Louisiana. Hunter grew up in Milwaukee, and began acting while he was in high school. He also performed on radio. He enlisted in the Navy upon graduation, and subsequently studied theater at Northwestern University. After his graduation in 1949,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jeffrey has a son, Christopher with Barbara Rush.

    • Jeffrey married Barbara Rush from 1950-1955.

    • He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity while at Northwestern University.

    • Jeffrey's first film, Fourteen Hours (1951), also featured other actors who would appear on "Star Trek" and it's later spin-offs, including Jeff Corey, Richard Beymer, and Brian Keith.

    • Jeffrey was co-captain of his high school football team, at Whitefish Bay High, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    • Jeffrey has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 6916 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Jeffrey was 6 feet tall.

    • Jeffrey served in the Navy from May 28, 1945 to May 25, 1946. He was medically discharged as a Seaman First Class and received the World War II Victory Medal.

    • Jeffrey wanted to be cast as Greg Brady on "The Brady Bunch," but producer Sherwood Schwartz thought he was "too handsome" for the role.

    • Hunter recorded a never-released album of love songs in 1957.

    • Hunter was working toward his Master's in radio at UCLA when he was discovered.

    • Hunter graduated from Northwestern University. He majored in speech and radio and minored in psychology and English.

    • 20th Century-Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck signed him to a contract and changed his name to Jeffrey Hunter.

    • 20th Century-Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck signed him to a contract and changed his name to Jeffrey Hunter.

    • Hunter was cast as Christopher Pike, captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, in the original "Star Trek" pilot in 1964. However, when an undecided NBC requested a second pilot in early 1965, Hunter declined, having decided to concentrate on his movie career instead.

  • Quotes

    • Jeffrey Hunter: I was told I had arrived when, during the shooting of The Searchers, they gave me almost as much ammunition as they gave John Wayne.