discovered by gaydar-proficient talent agent Henry Willson -- although he was rumored to be gay. He just wanted to be discovered for his talent, not for his biceps and bulge. A high school athlete and former Marine, he began acting in 1948, and appeared in a steady stream of B-actioners, mostly cowboy and war flicks, through the 1950s.
In 1955 Huge got his big break, playing legendary Wild West marshall and sharpshooter Wyatt Earp, who participated in the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral (1881), along with his brothers and his close friend Doc Holliday.
A 1931 biography, Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshall, omitted the gambling, prostitution, and shady business deals, transforming him into a heroic character who brought "law and order" to the Old West. Movie versions of his life appeared in 1934, 1939, 1946, and 1957.
He lives in a masculine-coded world of brawlers and gunfighters, renegade Indians and gun-shy dudes. He has many friends, Doc Holliday, Deputy Hal Norton, Bat Masterson, Marsh Murdock, and his brothers, but never settles down to any long-term relationship.
In Love Has Many Faces (1965), he plays a male prostitute (coded as a "beach boy") out for revenge against his former pimp who has gone "straight" (Cliff Robertson).
Huge reprised the Wyatt Earp character several times, most recently in Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (1994).
He married for the first time in 2006, at the age of 81, but according to close friend Debbie Reynolds, he was straight. He just wasn't ready to settle down yet.
If he was straight, why were all of his friends gay? Well, she says, there simply weren't a lot of straight beefcake actors in 1950s Hollywood, so you had to be gay-friendly if you wanted friends.