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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. He died in 1976 and was interred in the Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won. He continued collecting research material and drafting screenplays, but never made another film. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life. Mabuse (1960), he returned to the United States. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. Lang's eyesight steadily deteriorated throughout the 1950s and, after a final Dr. Mabuse film, Die 1000 Augen des Dr.

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. These works received mixed reviews, some condemning them as stylised and detached, while others praised them for the same qualities. The couple divorced in 1958. During the 1950s, Lang found it harder to find congenial production conditions in Hollywood and, following a major disagreement with the producer of Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, he returned to Germany to make his last films. Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. He wore a monocle that added to the stereotype (though film historians say this particular cliché began with Erich von Stroheim), and his image has been parodied in a number of media, including GWAR's long form video Phallus in Wonderland. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC. Lang epitomized the stereotype of the tyrannical German director; he was known for being hard to work with.

From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. During this period, his visual style simplified and his worldview became increasingly pessimistic, culminating in the cold, geometric style of his last American films, While the City Sleeps (1956) and Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1957). 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. These films, often compared unfavourably by contemporary critics to Lang's earlier works, have since been reevaluated as the equal of, if not superior to, his German films. The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. Lang made twenty-one features in the next twenty-one years, working in a variety of genres at every major studio in Hollywood, occasionally producing his films as an independent. During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. Upon his arrival in Hollywood, Lang joined the MGM studio and directed the impressive crime drama Fury.

In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year. M remains a powerful work; it was remade in 1951 by Joseph Losey, but this version had little impact on audiences, and has become harder to see than the original film. His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. Mabuse, Lang directed what many film scholars consider to be his masterpiece: M, a disturbing story of a child murderer (Peter Lorre in his first starring role) who is hunted down and brought to trial by Berlin's criminal underworld. 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. In 1931, between Metropolis and Das Testament des Dr. Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. Thea von Harbou, his wife and long-time collaborator, had joined the Nazi party and remained behind.

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. Rather than accept the position, Lang fled Germany. Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. Mabuse was banned when the Nazis seized power, but Joseph Goebbels still respected Lang enough to offer him the head position of the German film industry. Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. Mabuse). Mabuse (The Testament of Dr.

Legend has it that Metropolis greatly impressed the leaders of the growing Nazi movement, though Lang detested their philosophy and wrote anti-Nazi statements into his 1933 film Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (1922), a crime epic (running four hours in two parts in its original version, recently restored by the Munich Filmmuseum) focusing on the psychological conflict between the master criminal Mabuse and detective Von Wenk; Die Nibelungen (1924), and his most famous film, Metropolis (1927). In this first phase of his career, Lang alternated between art films such as Der Müde Tod and populist thrillers such as Die Spinnen (a two-part film), combining popular genres with Expressionist techniques to create an unprecedented synthesis of popular entertainment with art cinema, culminating in his most famous silent works: Dr. While recovering from both injuries and shell shock, he joined Germany's Ufa studio just as the Expressionist movement was waxing.

Lang was an artist and a painter who enlisted in the army and fought in World War I. His most famous films are probably Metropolis and M, made before he moved to the United States. His work influenced filmmakers as disparate as Jacques Rivette and William Friedkin. Although some consider Lang's work to be simple melodrama, he produced a coherent oeuvre that helped to establish the characteristics of film noir, with its recurring themes of psychological conflict, paranoia, fate and moral ambiguity.

Friedrich Anton Christian Lang (December 5, 1890 - August 2, 1976) was an Austrian film director, screenwriter and occasional film producer, one of the most famous emigrés from Germany's school of expressionism to work in Hollywood. Mabuse) (1960). Mabuse (The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Die 1000 Augen des Dr.

Das indische Grabmal (The Indian Tomb, or: Journey to the Lost City) (1959). Der Tiger von Eschnapur (The Tiger of Eschnapur, or: The Tiger of Bengal) (1959). Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1957). While the City Sleeps (1956).

Moonfleet (1955). Human Desire (1954). The Big Heat(1953). The Blue Gardenia (1953).

Clash by Night (1952). Rancho Notorious (1952). American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950). House by the River (1950).

Secret Beyond the Door (1948). Cloak and Dagger (1946). Scarlet Street (1945). The Woman in the Window (1944).

Ministry of Fear (1944). Hangmen Also Die (1943). Moontide (1942) (uncredited). Confirm or Deny (1941) (uncredited).

Man Hunt (1941). Western Union (1941). The Return of Frank James (1940). You and Me (1938).

You Only Live Once (1937). Fury (1936). Liliom (1934). Mabuse) (1933).

Mabuse (The Testament of Dr. Das Testament des Dr. M (1931). Frau im Mond (Woman in the Moon) (1929).

Spione (Spies) (1928). Metropolis (1927). Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache (Die Nibelungen: Kriemheld's Revenge) (1924). Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (Die Nibelungen: Siegfried) (1924).

Mabuse, The Gambler) (1922). Mabuse, der Spieler (Dr. Dr. Vier um die Frau (Four Around a Woman) (1921).

Der Müde Tod (Beyond the Wall) (1921). Das Wandernde Bild (The Wandering Image) (1920). Teil: Das Brillantenschiff (Spiders, Part 2: The Diamond Ship) (1920). Die Spinnen, 2.

Der Herr der Liebe (Master of Love) (1919). Die Pest in Florenz (The Plague in Florence) (1919). Harakiri (Madame Butterfly) (1919). Teil: Der Goldene See (Spiders, Part 1: The Golden Lake)(1919).

Die Spinnen, 1. Halbblut (The Half-Caste) (1919).

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