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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. Throughout the 1980s, Keitel continued to find plenty of work, but it was usually in the stereotypical role of a thug. In 1993, however, Keitel worked to change his image after choosing to co-star in Jane Campion's "The Piano" and later, as the lead, in Abel Ferrara's graphic masterpiece, "Bad Lieutenant". Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won. Since then both Scorsese and Keitel have worked together on numerous projects. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life. During this time, Keitel met another struggling filmaker named Martin Scorsese and gained a part in Scorsese's student production. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. Keitel studied under both Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg, eventually landing roles in some off-Broadway productions.

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. After his return to the United States, he floundered for a while in mediocre jobs before beginning his acting career. The couple divorced in 1958. At the age of 16, Keitel decided to join the United States Marine Corps, a decision which took him to Lebanon. Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. The son of a Polish mother and Romanian father, he spent most of his youth on the streets of New York City. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC. Harvey Keitel (born May 13, 1939).

From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. Be Cool (2005). 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. Red Dragon (2002). The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. Little Nicky (2000). During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. U-571 (2000).

In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year. The Prince of Central Park (1999). His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). 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. Blue in the Face (1995). Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. Smoke (1995).

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. Pulp Fiction (1994). Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. The Piano (1993). Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. Sister Act (1992). Reservoir Dogs (1992).

Bad Lieutenant (1992). Bugsy (1991). Thelma and Louise (1991). The Last Temptation of Christ (1988).

Taxi Driver (1976). Mean Streets (1973). Who's That Knocking At My Door (1967).

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