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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 has been a member of the upper house of Parliament since 2000. Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won. He has been active in efforts to bring the people of India and Pakistan closer. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life. He married her when he was 44 and she was half his age, and despite apprehensions from the media, the marriage has been one of the longest lasting marriages in Bollywood. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. He is married to actress Saira Banu.

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 acting has influenced his successors and many actors look up to him and try to emulate his style. The couple divorced in 1958. His style of acting is characterised by rich dialogues in Urdu and a poetic manner of delivery. Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. Dilip Kumar is considered one of the best actors produced by the Hindi film industry. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC. However his award ran into controversy when war-like conditions strained relations between India and Pakistan, and he was asked to return the award by Hindu extremists like Balasaheb Thackeray.

From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. He is the second Indian to receive the award, after former Indian prime minister Morarji Desai. 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. In 1998 he was awarded the Nishan-e-Pakistan, the highest civilian award conferred by the Pakistan government. The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. He was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1995. During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. The role eventually went to Omar Sharif.

In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year. However, Kumar was unsure of doing films outside India in which he had no say, and declined the part. His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. Hollywood director David Lean offered Dilip Kumar a role in his 1962 blockbuster, Lawrence of Arabia. 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. He tried his hand as Producer for the film Ganga Jamuna and was rewarded as the film turned out to be successful. Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. The film Mughal-e-Azam (1960) in which he played crown-prince Jehangir, the son of Akbar, was a record-breaking film in the history of the Indian 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. In the 50s, his role in Bimal Roy's Devdas as a tragic drunken hero earned him the title of the "Tragedy King". Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. In 1949, he co-starred with Raj Kapoor in the film Andaz, which went to become a major success and made him a superstar. Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. Khan adopted the screen name of Dilip Kumar for his first film Jwar Bhatta released in 1944. His father relocated to Bombay (now Mumbai) and Yusuf Khan got introduced to the Bombay film industry in the 1940s.

Dilip Kumar was born Yusuf Khan in Peshawar (now Pakistan) in a Pathan family of twelve children. He is the recipient of India's highest award for cinematic excellence, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and also the Nishan-e-Pakistan, Pakistan's highest civilian award. Dilip Kumar (born December 1, 1922) is an Indian film actor and Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha).

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