Rock Hudson

Born Nov 17, 1925

Rock Hudson, was an American film and television actor. Though widely known as a leading man in the 1950s & 60s, Hudson is also recognized for dramatic roles in films such as Giant and Magnificent Obsession. In later years, Hudson found success in television, starring in the popular mystery series McMillan & Wife & landing a recurring role on the prime time soap opera Dynasty.… Read More

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1925 Birth Born on November 17, 1925.


1946 - 1947 2 More Events
1948 22 Years Old Hudson made his acting debut with a small part in the 1948 Warner Bros. film Fighter Squadron, and took 38 takes to successfully deliver his only line in the film. … Read More
1953 27 Years Old In 1953 he appeared in a Camel commercial which showed him on the set of Seminole.
1954 28 Years Old Director Douglas Sirk gave Hudson his first leading role, in the 1954 film Magnificent Obsession, co-starring Jane Wyman. … Read More


1957 31 Years Old …  Along with Cary Grant, Hudson was regarded as one of the best-dressed male stars in Hollywood, and received Top 10 Stars of the Year a record-setting eight times from 1957 to 1964. … Read More
1958 32 Years Old …  Gates filed for divorce after three years in April 1958, citing mental cruelty. … Read More


1971 45 Years Old His most successful television series was McMillan & Wife opposite Susan Saint James, which ran from 1971 to 1977. … Read More


1981 55 Years Old In the early 1980s, following years of heavy drinking and smoking, Hudson began having health problems which resulted in a heart attack in November 1981.
1982 56 Years Old Emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery sidelined Hudson and his new TV show The Devlin Connection for a year, and the show was canceled in December 1982 soon after it had first aired. … Read More
1983 57 Years Old He was in ill health while filming the action-drama film The Ambassador in Israel during the winter months of 1983 to 1984. … Read More
During 1984, while filming the TV drama The Vegas Strip War, Hudson's health grew worse and prompted rumors that he was suffering from liver cancer (among other ailments) because of his increasingly gaunt face and build.
On 16 July 1985, Hudson joined his old friend Doris Day for a press conference announcing the launch of her new TV cable show Doris Day's Best Friends in which Hudson was videotaped visiting Day's ranch in Carmel, California, a few days earlier. … Read More


1985 60 Years Old …  Hudson died from AIDS-related complications in 1985, becoming the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness. … Read More
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