Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Hamilton grew up to follow his father -- bandleader George Hamilton -- into the entertainment business. He moved to Hollywood where he became one of the last ever contracted MGM stars.
During his prolific film and TV career spanning 53 years (and counting), Hamilton appeared in, among other projects, The Godfather Trilogy, Dynasty, Zorro, The Gay Blade (for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe), and Love at First Bite (another Golden Globe nomination.)
In 1995 Hamilton teamed up with his ex-wife of 20 years, Alana Stewart, to host a talk show.
Hamilton has had a string of high-profile ladies in his life, including First Daughter Lynda Bird Johnson (daughter of LBJ), Elizabeth Taylor and Imelda Marcos.
As well as having his own line of skin products and a chain of tanning salons (a nod to his most famous physical feature), cigar aficionado Hamilton opened an upscale chain of cigar and coffee bars in the 90's.