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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. Apart from "Rang De Basanti" and "The Rising", he recently signed a deal for one more movie with director Kunal Kohli. Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won. Aamir is currently working on a project called "The Rising" which is being made in 2 languages. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life. This film was a big box-office success in India and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 2001. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. Aamir's reputed perfectionism seems to have paid off for Aamir's first foray into film-production, Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India.

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. Detractors say that his penchant for perfection sometimes leads to clashes with directors who don't listen to his objections or let him re-shoot a scene he thinks sub-par. The couple divorced in 1958. Aamir is also known for working on only one film at a time, unusual in the Bollywood film industry, because he wants to give his best to each film. Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. His memorable characters include: Amar (Andaaz Apna Apna), Aakash (Dil Chahta Hai), Munna (Rangeela), Bhuvan (Lagaan) and ACP Rathod (Sarfarosh). James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC. He will go to great lengths to give a convincing portrayal -- including, it is said, drinking heavily in order to play a drunken scene in Raja Hindustani, even though he doesn't drink in real life.

From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. Aamir is known for his efforts to create believable characters, rather than just playing himself in film after film. 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. He has also done playback singing for himself in the film Ghulam which went on to become a success. The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. He acted and wrote the screenplay for the film Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke (1993). During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. Aamir began his career as a child-actor in the film Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973), when he was 8 years old.

In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year. Aamir's brother Faizal has also acted in films. His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. He has acted in a few films directed by his cousin Mansoor Khan. 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 father Tahir Hussain is a producer and his uncle Nasir Hussain is a director. Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. Aamir was born in Mumbai into a family with a history of film production.

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 rose to stardom with the film Qayamat se Qayamat tak. Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. Aamir Khan (born Aamir Hussain Khan, March 14, 1965, in India), is one of the most prominent actors on the Bollywood scene. Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988). Raakh (1989).

Love Love Love (1989). Tum Mere Ho (1990). Dil (1990). Jawani Zindabad (1990).

Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin (1990). Awwal Number (1990). Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991). Afsana Pyaar Ka (1991).

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992). Isi Ka Naam Zindagi (1992). Daulat Ki Jung (1992). Parampara (1993).

Hum Hain Rahin Pyaar Ke (1993). Andaz Apna Apna (1994). Baazi (1995). Rangeela (1995).

Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995). Aatank Hi Aatank (1995). Raja Hindustani (1996). Ishq (1997).

Ghulam (1998). Earth (1998). Sarfarosh (1999). Mann (1999).

Mela (2000). Lagaan (2001). Dil Chahta Hai (2001). The Rising (2004).

Rang De Basanti (2004).

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