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Rock Hudson

Hudson with Doris Day in Pillow Talk (1959)

Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. His announcement, and subsequent death from the disease at the age of only 59, brought the disease and HIV into the mainstream of American consciousness.

Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. His good looks and strapping size got him a Hollywood audition, and some capped teeth and a name change got him a small part in the forgettable 1948 film Fighter Squadron. His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. Many consider his performance as the elderly New York City banker Arthur Hamilton turned young Malibu painter Tony Wilson in the 1966 science fiction film by director John Frankenheimer,Seconds, as the finest of his career. From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC.

Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. The couple divorced in 1958. The studio was likely using this sham marriage in order to cover Hudson's homosexuality, which would have made him box office poison at the time if it were made known. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life.

Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won.

Hudson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6104 Hollywood Blvd.


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Hudson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6104 Hollywood Blvd. [[Category:Best Actor Oscar Nominee+Laughton, Charles]]. Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won.
. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life.
. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle.
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The studio was likely using this sham marriage in order to cover Hudson's homosexuality, which would have made him box office poison at the time if it were made known. He is interred in the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. The couple divorced in 1958. Laughton never had another chance to direct his own movies. Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. This movie is often cited among critics as one of the best movies of the 1950s; unfortunately, it was a box-office flop. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC. Laughton had one stint as a director, and the result was the legendary The Night of the Hunter (1955), starring Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish.

From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. In 1950, he took American citizenship. Many consider his performance as the elderly New York City banker Arthur Hamilton turned young Malibu painter Tony Wilson in the 1966 science fiction film by director John Frankenheimer,Seconds, as the finest of his career. Lanchester appeared opposite him in several films, including Rembrandt (1936). The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. Despite his homosexual inclinations, he had a long and resilient marriage to the British-born American actress, Elsa Lanchester, possibly because she had her own such inclinations according to contemporary gossip. During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. He also received an Academy Award nomination for his role in Witness for the Prosecution (1957).

In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year. In 1937 he was to have starred in an ill-fated film version of the book, I, Claudius, by Robert Graves, which was abandoned only part-way into filming. His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. Later films included The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939). His good looks and strapping size got him a Hollywood audition, and some capped teeth and a name change got him a small part in the forgettable 1948 film Fighter Squadron. His association with the director, Alexander Korda, began with The Private Life of Henry VIII (loosely based on the life of King Henry VIII of England), for which Laughton won an Academy Award. Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. Despite not having the looks for a romantic lead, he impressed audiences with his talent and played many classical roles before making his film debut in 1932.

His announcement, and subsequent death from the disease at the age of only 59, brought the disease and HIV into the mainstream of American consciousness. Born in 1899 at Scarborough, Yorkshire, Laughton at first went into the family business, not making his first stage appearance until 1926. Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. Charles Laughton (July 1, 1899 - December 15, 1962) was a British-born American stage and film actor. Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor.

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