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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.
. Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the Spike Lee movies Do The Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues and Jungle Fever, the Quentin Tarantino movies Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, and as jedi Mace Windu in the prequel Star Wars Trilogy. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. Along with that award, he has won many others including a Silver Berlin Bear, A BAFTA Film Award, and two Independent Spirit Awards.

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. His performance in Jungle Fever was so acclaimed, the 1991 Cannes Film Festival created a Supporting Actor award just for him. The couple divorced in 1958. He has starred in many Hollywood movies. Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC. Together for Days (1972).

From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. Ragtime (1981). 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. Coming to America (1988). The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. School Daze (1988). During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. Def by Temptation (1990).

In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year. Betsy's Wedding (1990). His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. Mo' Better Blues (1990). 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. The Exorcist III (1990). Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. Goodfellas (1990).

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. Jungle Fever (1991). Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. Johnny Suede (1991). Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. Juice (1992). White Sands (1992).

Patriot Games (1992). Jumpin' at the Boneyard (1992). Fathers & Sons (1992). Loaded Weapon 1 (1993).

Amos & Andrew (1993). Menace II Society (1993). Jurassic Park (1993). True Romance (1993).

Fresh (1994). The New Age (1994). Pulp Fiction (1994). The Search for One-eye Jimmy (1994).

Hail Caesar (1994). Losing Isaiah (1995). Kiss of Death (1995). Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995).

Fluke (1995). Sydney (1996). The Great White Hype (1996). Trees Lounge (1996).

A Time to Kill (1996). The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996). One Eight Seven (1997). Eve's Bayou (1997).

Jackie Brown (1997). Sphere (1998). The Negotiator (1998). The Red Violin (1998).

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999). Deep Blue Sea (1999). Any Given Sunday (2000). Rules of Engagement (2000).

Shaft (2000). Unbreakable (2000). The Caveman's Valentine (2001). The 51st State (2001).

Changing Lanes (2002). Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002). The House on Turk Street (2002). XXX (2002).

Basic (2003). S.W.A.T. (2003). Kill Bill Volume 2 (2004). Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) (video game character voice-over).

The Incredibles (2004). Coach Carter (2005). XXX: State of the Union (2005). Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005).

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