With a film and television career spanning more than five decades, George Hamilton is a Hollywood legend. In addition to charming audiences in his more than 100 acting roles, Hamilton is also known for his suave off-screen persona and, of course, his famous tan. So, when the 74-year-old star sat down with Oprah for an interview on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?", she had to ask about the origins of Hamilton's perpetually bronzed complexion. Watch a preview of the episode.
"So tell me this: How did the legendary tan start?" Oprah asks.
It all goes back to his teen years, Hamilton explains. Before he attended high school in Florida, Hamilton vacationed in the sunny southern state one summer. That's when he got the tan that would later become part of his signature look.
"I was kind of a gangling, Jerry Lewis funny kind of guy in school, and I went from an eastern boarding school to... Florida where my mother was," he says. "I went there for the vacation and turned overnight into this lobster-red, which then turned into a brown."
Hamilton quickly noticed that he received a different reaction from girls his age.
"It was the first time I ever got hit on by a girl," he says. "So, I associated it with the tan."
All these years later, Hamilton has kept his tan, which is seldom left out conversations about his professional endeavors -- a fact that he has a sense of humor about.
"I guess they didn't know what else to say about my career or my acting," he laughs. "They just said, 'He's got a great tan!'"