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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 received Kennedy Center Honors in 2002. Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won. He won Tony awards in 1959 in The Great White Hope and in 1987 in Fences. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life. He also read the opening tease for NBC's coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in Athens. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. He appears in television and radio advertising for Verizon Wireless.

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. He also starred in the television program Under One Roof as Neb Langston, a widowed police officer, a role for which he received an Emmy nomination. The couple divorced in 1958. James portrayed General Solomon in the computer game Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun. Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. He has also periodically performed guest voices on television's The Simpsons. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC. He has appeared in many roles since, but is probably best known as the sonorous voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films, Mufasa in The Lion King, a Disney animated feature, and CNN tagline, "This is CNN." He has performed considerable amounts of other voice-over work.

From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. Strangelove in 1964. 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. His first film role was in Dr. The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. So my first year of school was my first mute year, and then those mute years continued until I got to high school." Ironically, he is most famous for his deep authoritative voice. During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. I couldn't talk.

In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year. "I was a stutterer. His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. The teacher believed forced public speaking would help him gain confidence and insisted he recite a poem in class each day. 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 credits a high school teacher who discovered he had a gift for writing poetry with helping him out of his silence. Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. He remained functionally mute for 8 years until he reached high school.

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. He moved to Michigan around the age of 5, when he developed a stutter so severe he refused to speak aloud. Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. Christopher Hardin (born January 17, 1931) is a well-known African-American actor who was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi and raised in Dublin, Michigan by his maternal grandparents. Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor.

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