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Also Known As: Roy Harold Scherer Jr., Roy Fitzgerald, Roc Hudson Died: October 2, 1985
Born: November 17, 1925 Cause of Death: complications resulting from AIDS
Birth Place: Winnetka, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, laundryman, truck driver, mail carrier, Navy airplane mechanic

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With his urbane charm, dashing good looks, and virile masculinity, Rock Hudson epitomized Hollywood's classic matinee idol image - used to great effect in many a romantic comedy in which he was often paired with the equally magnetic Doris Day. One of the most popular movie stars of his time, Hudson's screen career spanned five decades and was a shining example of Hollywood's classical "star system"-style career promotion - his early success coming as the result of careful cultivation and nurturing by major movie studios. While generally underappreciated for his skills as an actor, Hudson nevertheless showed unexpected glimmers of brilliance, as he did in George Stevens' 1956 epic, "Giant" for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Known for his easy-going demeanor off-screen, Hudson was well-liked by colleagues and seemed to enjoy a rich and happy life in the public eye. In truth, however, Hudson endured a deeply troubled private life, living a lie for the sake of his career - including going along with a studio-arranged marriage. Manufactured to be Hollywood's ultimate ladies man, Rock Hudson was, in reality, a lifelong homosexual. Tragically, he would become a cautionary tale as well. After...

With his urbane charm, dashing good looks, and virile masculinity, Rock Hudson epitomized Hollywood's classic matinee idol image - used to great effect in many a romantic comedy in which he was often paired with the equally magnetic Doris Day. One of the most popular movie stars of his time, Hudson's screen career spanned five decades and was a shining example of Hollywood's classical "star system"-style career promotion - his early success coming as the result of careful cultivation and nurturing by major movie studios. While generally underappreciated for his skills as an actor, Hudson nevertheless showed unexpected glimmers of brilliance, as he did in George Stevens' 1956 epic, "Giant" for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Known for his easy-going demeanor off-screen, Hudson was well-liked by colleagues and seemed to enjoy a rich and happy life in the public eye. In truth, however, Hudson endured a deeply troubled private life, living a lie for the sake of his career - including going along with a studio-arranged marriage. Manufactured to be Hollywood's ultimate ladies man, Rock Hudson was, in reality, a lifelong homosexual. Tragically, he would become a cautionary tale as well. After contracting the HIV virus and dying of AIDS in 1985 - his private life now thrust public for the world to see - Hudson would become the first major Hollywood casualty of the misunderstood and widely feared disease. But he would not die in vain. His death not only opened people's eyes to the disease itself, it inspired his good friend and onetime co-star Elizabeth Taylor to begin her decades-long role as a prominent AIDS activist, raising millions in the fight against the deadly disease that had robbed her friend of his golden years.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Vegas Strip War, The (1984) Neil Chaine
2.
 Ambassador, The (1984) Frank Stevenson
4.
 Mirror Crack'd, The (1980) Jason Rudd
5.
 Avalanche (1978) David Shelby
6.
 Embryo (1976) Dr Paul Holliston
7.
 Showdown (1973) Chuck
8.
 Once Upon a Dead Man (1971) Commissioner Stewart Mcmillan
9.
 Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) [Michael] Tiger [McDrew]
10.
 Darling Lili (1970) Maj. William Larrabee
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Milestones close milestones

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Adopted the name Roy Fitzgerald when his mother re-married
1948:
Film acting debut in "Fighter Squadron"
1954:
Achieved top star status opposite Jane Wyman in director Douglas Sirk's remake of "Magnificent Obsession"
1957:
First appearance in the annual exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars; placed first
1959:
First teaming with Doris Day, "Pillow Talk"
1964:
Last of eight consecutive appearances in the annual poll of top ten boxoffice stars; placed third
1971:
Played one of the title roles, police commissioner Stewart McMillan, in the popular ABC-TV detective series, "McMillan and Wife"
1984:
Last acting role in a feature film, "The Ambassador"
:
Played recurring role of Daniel Reece on the popular ABC primetime soap opera, "Dynasty" spanning over parts of two seasons; his last major acting work
1985:
Appeared in the feature documentary, "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey"
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Education

New Trier High School: Winnetka , Illinois - 1944

Notes

Hudson's boxoffice power is indicated by his unbroken streak of eight appearances in the annual exhibitors' poll of Hollywood's ten most popular stars. Hudson was voted #1 in 1957, #5 in 1958, #1 in 1959, #2 for 1960, 61 and 62, and #3 in 1963 and 64.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Phyllis Gates. Actor. Married in 1955; divorced in 1958.
companion:
Vera-Ellen. Actor. "dated" over a three year period.
companion:
Jack Coates.
companion:
Tom Clark. Publicist. Had long-term relationship; published memoir about Hudson.
companion:
Armistead Maupin. Author. Had brief relationship.
companion:
Marc Christian. Sued Hudson's estate after his death.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Roy Harold Scherer. Auto mechanic. Divorced from Hudson's mother c. 1929.
mother:
Katherine Wood. Telephone operator. Divorced from Hudson's father c. 1929; later married and divorced Wallace Fitzgerald who adopted her son.
half-sister:
Alice Scherer. Adopted by Roy Scherer.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Rock Hudson: His Story"
"My Husband, Rock Hudson: The Real Story of Rock Hudson's Marriage to Phyllis Gates" Doubleday
"Rock Hudson: Friend of Mine"
"Rock Hudson: Public and Private"
"Rock Hudson: The Story of a Giant"
"Idol: Rock Hudson: The True Story of an American Film Hero"
"Rock Hudson: A Bio-Bibliography" Greenwood Press
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