Out actor Tab Hunter said in a recent interview that the pressure sill exists for gay actors to stay closeted.

Hunter had a successful recording career, was a top star at Warner Brothers – starring in over 40 films – and graced the covers of leading magazines in the 1950s.

He kept quiet about his sexual orientation despite persistent rumors.

In his 2006 memoir Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, which he wrote with Eddie Muller, Hunter acknowledged publicly for the first time that he is gay.

A documentary with the same title was released in June.

Hunter is in Santa Fe over the weekend to attend a screening of the film.

He told the Albuquerque Journal that despite tremendous progress in the LGBT rights movement, gay Hollywood actors continue to face pressure to stay closeted.

“Today, there are no leading men who are gay,” Hunter said in a telephone interview with the Journal. “There are character actors, there are roles as 'best friends,' but there are no leading men out there.”

Hunter, 84, has been in a relationship with Allan Glasier for over 30 years.