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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. Truth being stranger than fiction sometimes, Bela Lugosi was buried in his full Dracula costume, as per the request in his will, in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won. He was also the subject of a song by gothic rock band Bauhaus entitled "Bela Lugosi's Dead". Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life. Instead he was listed as a guest-star, below Tor Johnson, Vampira and Kenne Duncan. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. Contrary to Burton's Ed Wood, Lugosi did not receive top billing for Plan 9.

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. Wood hired his wife's chiropractor to double for Lugosi, who is easily spotted by the fact that. The couple divorced in 1958. However, Lugosi died three years before the funding came through (from the Baptist Church of Beverly Hills, no less). Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. Wood had had great difficulty in financing the project, and was only able to shoot short, silent scenes that he planned to incorporate into the whole of the film once he had found the remainder of his funding. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC. Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space featured footage of Lugosi interspersed with a double who looked nothing like him.

From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. One of Lugosi's most infamous roles was in a movie that was released after he was dead. 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. (The role was later given to Kenne Duncan, and the shots of that production made their way into Wood's Night of the Ghouls, a sequel of sorts to Wood's previous Lugosi films.). The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. The script for Final Curtain, written by Ed Wood, was in his lap. During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. He died of a heart attack, aged 73, in Los Angeles, California, while sitting in a chair.

In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year. Because Lugosi appeared in B-Movies, he was featured in several episodes of the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, most notably, Bride of the Monster. His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. The biographical film Ed Wood, by Tim Burton, portrayed Wood's relationship with Lugosi, who was played by Martin Landau. 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. Ed Wood, a long-time fan of Lugosi's, offered him numerous roles in his films, always playing some variant of a mad scientist/vampire type, even in movies — such as Glen or Glenda — in which such a role made no sense. Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. Late in his life, he again got to star in movies, albeit lousy ones.

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. Later on, the acting jobs dried up and he became addicted to morphine, though he did get to recreate the role of Dracula one last time for the film Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein in 1948. Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. Lugosi's attitude towards Karloff is the subject of contradictory reports, some claiming he was openly resentful of Karloff's long-term success and ability to get good roles beyond the horror arena, while others suggested the two actors were - for a time at least - good friends. Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. Several films, such as The Black Cat and the aforementioned Son of Frankenstein paired Lugosi with his chief rival in the realm of horror movies, Boris Karloff. He also had a small role in the comedy classic Ninotchka opposite Greta Garbo.

He declined an offer to appear as The Monster in Frankenstein but made an impression as the insane Ygor in two sequels, Son of Frankenstein and Ghost of Frankenstein before finally consenting to play the creature in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. The film was a success, but Lugosi was typecast as a horror heavy with such movies as White Zombie and Scared to Death. He was most famous for his title role in Tod Browning's Dracula (1931) (building on the stage role). He left from his native Hungary for Germany in 1919 after persecution following his complicity in the forming of an actor's union, and emigrated to the United States in 1921.

During World War I he served as an infantry lieutenant for the Central Powers. He however, became most notably known for his portrayal of Dracula in a stage production of Bram Stoker's classic vampire story. Lugosi started his acting career on the stage in Europe in several Shakespearean plays. He was born in Lugos, Transylvania, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), the youngest of four children of a banker.

Béla Lugosi was the stage name of actor Blaskó Béla Ferenc Dezső (October 20, 1882–August 16, 1956). He covers his face with his cape in every shot. He looks nothing like Lugosi.

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