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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. After one experience during a gig there, the comedian Les Dawson refused to play the venue again. Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won. Later it was rumoured that a ghost of Sid was in the dressing room he occupied on the night of his death. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life. He suffered a heart attack on the opening night of The Mating Season at the Sunderland Empire and died on the way to hospital at the age of 62. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. He later enjoyed success at the head of casts of TV situation comedies, notably George and the Dragon, Taxi and Bless This House.

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From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. When Hancock had Sid dropped from the show, Sid returned to films to become a leading member of the 'Carry On' team, originally to replace Ted Ray who had appeared in Carry On Teacher in 1959. 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. The show was one of the most popular comedy series in Britain on both television and radio. The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. In the final series, the show was renamed simply Hancock and Sid was not included in the cast. During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. James was soon getting as many laughs as his partner.

In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year. When this was turned into a television series his part was greatly increased to the extent that some viewers considered it to be a double act. His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. In 1954 he began working with Tony Hancock in BBC radio's Hancock's Half Hour playing a character with his own name, who was a criminal who would usually manage to con Tony. 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. In 1956, he co-starred in the science-fiction film Quatermass 2. Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. In the same year he also appeared in Lady Godiva Rides Again and The Galloping Major.

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. His first major comedy was The Lavender Hill Mob: with Alfie Bass he made up the bullion robbery gang headed by Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway. Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. Initially he worked in repertory before being spotted by the nascent British post-war film industry, making his first appearance in 1947 in the film Night Beat. Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. He came to Britain in 1946 on the back of his service gratuity. During World War II, he was enlisted in an entertainment unit, and subsequently took up acting as a career.

Sid James (Sidney Joel Cohen) was born in Natal in South Africa. Sid James (May 8, 1913 - April 26, 1976) was a film and television actor.

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