(1893?–1945), actor. Born in Highland Mills, New York, the boyish-looking actor made his first professional appearances with the Washington Square Players in 1916. After replacing the original performers as Willie Baxter in Seventeen (1918) and as Robert Williams in Penrod (1918), he scored as the infatuated Bobby Wheeler in Clarence (1919). Hunter's biggest success came as Merton Gill, the grocery clerk who almost accidentally becomes a film star, in Merton of the Movies (1922), but he won equal praise when he portrayed the title role of the sensitive schoolboy in Young Woodley (1925). Although he continued to perform regularly thereafter, none of his subsequent work was in successful plays. Best received of his later roles was his robustly boorish Tony Lumpkin in an all-star 1929 revival of She Stoops to Conquer.
From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.