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Rock Hudson
1925 - 1985

Rock Hudson.spacerBorn Roy Scherer Junior in Winnetka, Illinois on 7th November 1925, he was the son of a motor mechanic. During World War II he served in the Philippines as an aircraft mechanic for the Navy. After being discharged from the Navy, Roy became a truck driver, although he dreamed of becoming an actor and sent many photos of himself to acting agencies etc. in the hope of being discovered. Finally he was discovered, and his name became Rock Hudson for his debut in the Warner Bros. picture, "Fighter Squadron" in 1948.

The peak of his career was in the fifties and early sixties. Films including, "Magnificent Obsession" (1954), "Giant" (1956 opposite Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean) brought him respect as a film star, but it was the pictures where he starred opposite everybody's home-made apple-pie, Doris Day, that made him one of the industry's most popular leading men. Remember, "Pillow Talk" (1959)?

Rock Hudson.
spacerIt is said that Rock Hudson's short-lived marriage to his agent's secretary was arranged to quieten rumours of his homosexuality. The rumours continued after the marriage and Hudson decided to ignore them; keeping his private life as quiet as possible and separate from his career.

Rock Hudson was the first Hollywood star to let it be known that he had AIDS. He died in 1985 of an AIDS related illness and his estate still contributes to AIDS charities.


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