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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. Internet Movie Database Entry: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0516001/. Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won. Talent is not yet signed, but the producers are Jennifer Dana and Mark Gordon. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life. Sony Pictures plans a remake of "Safety Last!" for release in 2006. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. Lloyd was notorious for using his access to get young actresses to pose for him, and in 2004, his granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd produced a book of selections from his photographs, "Harold Lloyd's Hollywood Nudes in 3D!" (ISBN 1579123945).

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. Harold Lloyd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 1994, he was honored with his image on a United States postage stamp designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. The couple divorced in 1958. Lloyd was usually about 20 feet above the ground, but the camera was positioned so that the top of the tunnel was out of shot, and in perspective Lloyd appeared to be hanging above the lower road about a hundred feet below. Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. The documentary revealed that many of Lloyd's high-altitude stunts were performed on dummy buildings above the entrance to a road tunnel. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC. Lloyd was the subject of a television documentary series, Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill, which followed similar documentaries about the other two geniuses of the silent movies, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. He was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. 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. Lloyd died at the age of 77 from prostate cancer on March 8, 1971, in Beverly Hills, California, USA. The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. In 1952, Lloyd received a special Academy Award for being a "master comedian and good citizen.". During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. The films ignited a renewed interest in Lloyd's work.

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 1952 Lloyd produced two compilation films, featuring scenes from his old comedies, Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy and The Funny Side of Life (1953). His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. The film was a failure. 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 1947, director Preston Sturges brought him out of retirement for one more film, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock. Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. By the 1940s, Lloyd was no longer active in the film industry.

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. Lloyd's autobiography, An American Comedy, was published in 1928. Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. Some of the earliest 2-color Technicolor tests were shot at his Beverly Hills home. Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. Lloyd was involved with early color film experiments. Lloyd's home, "GreenAcres" has 44 rooms, 26 bathrooms, 12 fountains, 12 gardens and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

They also adopted Peggy in 1930. Lloyd married his leading lady, Mildred Davis, in February of 1923, with whom he had two children; Gloria, born in 1923, and Harold, born in 1931. Lloyd was a founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Lloyd soon began working with Thomas Edison's motion picture company, Universal, and eventually ended up with Hal Roach.

Lloyd, born in Burchard, Nebraska, started acting in one-reel film comedies in 1912 in San Diego, California. Lloyd did his own stunts and worked without safety nets, even after severely injuring his right hand in a 1919 accident with a prop bomb. Lloyd is best known for his extended chase sequences that included daredevil physical feats like climbing the sides of tall buildings, hanging precariously from clocks, flagpoles and ledges. Lloyd made nearly 500 comedy films, both silent and sound.

Harold Clayton Lloyd (April 20, 1893 - March 8, 1971) was an American actor.

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