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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. "You only live once, except for Shirley MacLaine." -King on life. Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won. "Did you hear the one about the elderly Jew on his deathbed who sent for a priest, after declaring to his astonished relatives that 'I want to convert.' Asked why he would become a Catholic, after living all his life as a Jew, he answered: 'Better one of them should die than one of us.'" -King on religion. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life. "There's gotta be a better way for a nice Jewish boy to make a living." -King on boxing. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. Now that's better than sex, but only if the salami is thickly sliced." -King on sex and food.

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. Except for salami and eggs. The couple divorced in 1958. "As life's pleasures go, food is second only to sex. Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. "It even cleared out your nostrils, your sinuses, and the wax in your ears." -King on his mother's enemas. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC. Queen?" -King on royalty.

From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. King?" Alan King: "How do you do, Mrs. 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. Queen Elizabeth II: "How do you do, Mr. The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. "Modesty is not one of my virtues." - King on his ego. During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. "Because no one could make the announcement 'Miss Garland will not appear tonight' better than I could." -King on why he opened for Judy Garland.

In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year. And I wouldn't let him cut my nails." -King on doctors. His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. "My brother is the youngest member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. 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. If the banks are so friendly, how come they chain down the pens?" -King on banks. Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. Now you have 'a friend,' your friendly bank.

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. "The banks have a new image. Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. "Why is everybody carrying on about Woolworth's? Have you ever eaten at the counter at Woolworth's? If you wanted to sit in the Colony Club, I could understand." -King on lunch counter sit-ins during the 1960s. Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. He was 76. King died at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan on May 9th, 2004, after succumbing to lung cancer.

The cancer eventually returned. A life-long cigar smoker, King was forced to quit smoking in 1992 after cancer led to the removal of half his jaw. He also started the Toyota Comedy Festival. In the 1970s, King turned his passion for tennis into a pro tournament in Las Vegas called the Alan King Tennis Classic.

He also created the Laugh Well program, which sends comedians to hospitals to perform for patients. He founded the Alan King Medical Center in Jerusalem, raised funds for the Nassau Center for Emotionally Disturbed Children (near his home in Great Neck, New York), and established a chair in dramatic arts at Brandeis University. Throughout his life, King was deeply involved in charity work. King realized he had neglected his family and began spending more time at home.

In the 1970s, King discovered one son was addicted to drugs and turned him in to police. In the 1960s, King's performances in Las Vegas led him to face up to a gambling addiction that made him limit his performances in Las Vegas. King was also the long-standing host of the New York Friar's Club celebrity roasts. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961.

He became a regular guest host for the Tonight Show, hosted the Oscars in 1972, and was the emcee for President John F. His career took off after appearances on the Ed Sullivan, Perry Como, and Garry Moore Shows. King also became a popular television host. Like many other Jewish comics, King worked the Catskill circuit known as the Borscht Belt. King played small roles in movies in the 1950s, but disliked playing stereotypical roles that he described as "always the sergeant from Brooklyn named Kowalski." [1] (http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/05/09/obit.king.ap/index.html) King eventually expanded his range and made a name for himself playing gangsters in five movies, including Cats Eye and The Anderson Tapes.

When Martin was cast in the movie Hit the Deck, he suggested King for a part, which gave King his first movie role. King began opening for many celebrities including Judy Garland, Patti Page, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, Lena Horne and Tony Martin. With America moving to suburbs, King's humor took off. The focus of his routines became life in the suburbs.

There, he developed comedy revolving around life in suburbia. His wife persuaded him to move to Forest Hills, Queens for their children. He had three children, Andrew, Robert, and Elaine Ray. King married Jeanette Sprung in 1947.

His comedy inspired other comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Billy Crystal. King changed his own style from one-liners to a more conversational style that used everyday life for humor. King realized that Thomas was talking to his audience, not at them, and was getting a better response. King's style of comedy changed when he saw Danny Thomas performing in the early 1950s.

King started out with the usual routines of one-liners about mother-in-laws and Jews. King began working as a doorman at the popular nightclub Leon and Eddie's while performing comedy under the last name of the boxer who beat him, "King.". He won twenty straight fights before losing. Nursing a broken nose, King decided to quit boxing and focus on his comedy career. He worked in Canada in a burlesque house while also fighting as a professional boxer.

After one joke that made fun of the hotel's owner, King was fired. At fifteen, King dropped out of high school to perform comedy at the Hotel Gradus in the Catskill Mountains. He lost first prize, but was invited to join a nationwide tour. When he was fourteen, King performed "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime" on the radio program Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour.

As a child, King performed impersonations on street corners for pennies. King used humor to survive in the tough neighborhoods. The youngest of several children, King spent his first years on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Later, King's family moved to Brooklyn. King was born Irwin Alan Kniberg.

He died of lung cancer. In later years, he helped many philanthropic causes. King wrote several books, produced films, and appeared in plays. He appeared in a number of movies and television shows.

King became well-known as a Jewish comedian and satirist. Alan King (December 26, 1927 - May 9, 2004), born Irwin Alan Kniberg, was an American comedian known for his biting wit and often angry humorous rants. Matzoh Balls for Breakfast and Other Memories of Growing Up Jewish (2005). Is Salami and Eggs Better Than Sex? Memoirs of a Happy Eater.

Name Dropping: The Life and Lies of Alan King. Help! I'm a Prisoner in a Chinese Bakery (1964). Anyone Who Owns His Own Home, Deserves One (1962). Goldwyn (actor).

Mr. Something Different (producer). The Lion in Winter (producer). The Impossible Years (actor) (1956).

Guys and Dolls (actor). Casino (1995). Night and the City (1992). The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990).

Enemies, A Love Story (1989). Memories of Me (1988). Cat's Eye (1985). Just Tell Me What You Want (1980).

The Anderson Tapes (1971). Bye Bye Braverman (1968). Operation Snafu (1961). The Helen Morgan Story (1957).

Miracle in the Rain (1956). Hit the Deck (1955). The Girl He Left Behind.

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