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. Lee's great grandparents formed Australia's first opera company, performing before miners in towns in the outback. Following Hudson's death, his live-in lover Marc Christian filed a palimony lawsuit against his estate and won. Lee will reprise his Star Wars role as Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Hudson remained in the closet until his sexual orientation became known toward the end of his life. Lee was a natural choice for the Lord of the Rings movies, where he plays the role of Saruman, as he makes it a habit of reading the novel at least once a year. Hudson was reportedly very good friends with Jim Nabors of television's Gomer Pyle. Also, he narrated the Dark Secret EP by Italian power metal band, Rhapsody.

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. Lee appeared on the cover of the Wings album Band on the Run along with other people, including Clement Freud. The couple divorced in 1958. Lee would eventually play another Bond villain, Francisco Scaramanga, in The Man with the Golden Gun. Hudson married studio employee Phyllis Gates in 1955, and the news was made known by all the major gossip magazines. Julius No. James in the popular American television series McMillan and Wife that aired on NBC. Author Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, is his cousin and wanted Lee to play the first James Bond film villain, Dr.

From 1971 to 1978, Hudson starred opposite Susan St. This calculation uses a modification of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game. 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. As an indication to his profligacy and longevity, Lee has, according to the Oracle of Bacon at Virginia (http://www.cs.virginia.edu/oracle/), an average Bacon number of 2.684104 (as of December 2003), making him second on the list of most suitable centres of the Hollywood universe. The two made Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers together. He appeared as Flay in the BBC television miniseries Gormenghast, based on Mervyn Peake's novels. During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson was known for several fluff comedies, largely starring with Doris Day. Lee has played roles in over 220 films since 1948, and has had many notable television roles.

In 1956 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and two years later, Look Magazine named him Star of the Year. From then on, Lee was periodically featured in numerous horror roles for various studios. His one line took 38 takes, because he kept forgetting it. That led to his first Dracula film, Horror of Dracula, in 1958. 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 first film for Hammer, made in 1957 with Peter Cushing, was Curse of Frankenstein, in which he played, "The Creature". Hudson served in the United States Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. Throughout the next decade, Lee made nearly 30 films, playing mostly stock action characters.

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 made his film debut in Terrence Long's Gothic Romance, Corridor of Mirrors, in 1948. Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was the first major American celebrity to admit to being afflicted with AIDS. He was educated at Wellington College, he volunteered to fight for the Finnish forces during the Winter War against the Soviet Union in 1939, then served in the Royal Air Force and intelligence during World War II. Roy Harold Scherer Jr. (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), better known as Rock Hudson, was an American actor. Lee is now over 80 years old, and still appearing in films such as The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. He is viewed by many as the quintessential film villain. Other notable films include The Wicker Man and The Man with the Golden Gun.

Lee became famous for his role as Count Dracula in a string of Hammer Horror films. He should not be confused with Christopher Lee, historian. Christopher Frank Carandini Lee (born May 27, 1922 in London) is a prolific British actor known for his versatility and film longevity.

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