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Actor Jeffrey Hunter Dies of Injuries; Fall Believed Cause Jr., was round unconscious by an unidentified friend Monday at 4:45 p.m. at the actor's home, 13451 Er- win St. Hunter had apparently fallen down a flight of stairs. The friend called the Fire Department and an ambulance. Taken to Valley Receiving Hospi- tal, Hunter underwent surgery Mon- day night and died Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. An autopsy revealed he died of head injuries. Detective Sgt. Jesse A. Tubbs began an investigation of the ap- parent accident. He was unable to talk immediately to Hunter's third wife, Emily, who was Actor Jeffrey Hunter, who por- reported under sedation. trayed Christ in the remake of the The actor formerly was married to motion picture classic "King of actresses Barbara Rush, by whom he Kings," died Tuesday from injuries had a son, and Joan (Dusty) Bartlett, by believed suffered in a fall at his Van whom he had two sons. Nuys home, police reported. One of Hunter's other important The 42-year-old Hunter, whose screen roles was that of the nephew true name was Henry H. McKinnies of Mayor Skeffington, played by Spencer Tracy, in "The Houston, a television se- Last Hurrah." ries about a frontier law- His other films included yer. "Call Me Mister," "The Hunter was a native of Frogmen," "Red Skies of New Orleans, a graduate of Montana," "Sailor of the Northwestern University and King," "Seven Angry a Navy veteran of World- Men," "Proud Ones," "Kiss War II. He began his Before Dying," "Hell to professional career in radio "Eternity," "Sergeant Rut- and summer stock and came ledge" and "Brainstorm." to Hollywood in 1950 where During the early 1960s he he was signed to a long term starred in "Temple contract by 20th Century- Fox.
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