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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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From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. Mr. 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. Johnny Dangerously (1984). The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. Gung Ho (1986). During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. Beetlejuice (1988).

In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year. Clean and Sober (1988). His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. Batman (1989). 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. Pacific Heights (1990). Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. One Good Cop (1991).

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. Batman Returns (1992). Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. Much Ado About Nothing (1993). Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. My Life (1993). Multiplicity (1996).

Jackie Brown (1997). Jack Frost (1998). First Daughter (2004). White Noise (2005).

He had a long relationship with American actress Courteney Cox.

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