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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. Larroquette has appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on numerous occassions, as well as several appearances on both Dave Letterman's shows. He has hosted Saturday Night Live twice. Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won. He is also a registered member of the Libertarian Party, a fact he alluded to when he made an appearance on Dennis Miller's CNBC show on the "Varsity Panel". Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life. He has three children with his wife, Elizabeth Ann Cookson. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. In the seventies and eighties, Larroquette battled alcoholism.

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. Other movies Larroquette had significant roles in include: Stripes, Meatballs Part II, Summer Rental, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, JFK, and Richie Rich. The couple divorced in 1958. He starred in the 1989 movie Second Sight, with Bronson Pinchot, and Madhouse, with Kirstie Alley. Larroquette was the (uncredited) narrator in the 1974 slasher The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. He later starred on The John Larroquette Show as John Hemmingway. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC. His feelings for Christine evolved into a rivalry with Harry (Harry Anderson) for her affection.

From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. Fielding flirted incessantly with any young female including both Billie and Christine (Markie Post). 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 delivery, especially for his libidinous jokes, was perfect. The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. However, Larroquette's real talent was in his comic timing. During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. In a famous example, he talked a chemically-imbalanced Roz (Marsha Warfield) down from a ledge.

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, on many occassions Fielding displayed true warmth and well-timed morality. His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. Smarmy, crude, and self-centered, he represented the most negative stereotype of a lawyer. 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. For many, Larroquette's Fielding was the main draw to the show. Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. His four consecutive wins were, at the time, a record.

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 1989, he asked to not be considered for Emmy consideration. Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. Danforth (Dan) Reinhold Fielding, a role for which he won Emmys in 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1988. Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. He is probably most famous for his role on Night Court where he played weaselly Assistant D.A. John Bernard Larroquette is an actor in television and the movies.

Directed several episodes of Night Court. Is an avid New Orleans Saints fan. Played reed instruments as a child. Has an earring in his left ear.

I'd like to be doing quality acting in a quality role and making as many people as possible happy.". "The medium doesn't matter. "When I call myself an artist, please realize I do this with my tongue firmly implanted in my cheek...". Sanford and Son.

Kojak. Three's Company. Mork & Mindy. Dallas.

Dave's World. The West Wing. The Practice - Joey Heric. The Incurable Collector.

McBride. Doctor's Hospital. Black Sheep Squadron. Night Court.

The John Larroquette Show. Payne. Happy Family. Meatballs II - Foxglove.

Green Ice. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - Narrator (uncredited) (voice). Stripes (1981). Cat People (1982).

Choose Me (1984). Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984). Summer Rental. Madhouse (1990).

Tune in Tomorrow. Walter and Henry (1999). The 10th Kingdom (2000). The Heart Department (2001).

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003). Wedding Daze.

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