Rock Hudson
Actor
Rock Hudson
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.
Biography
Rock Hudson's personal information overview.
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A Family Affair - MSN Autos (blog)
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In the photo world, Sid was a visionary, best remembered for capturing the private moments of stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Marlon Brando and Audrey Hepburn. He shot them as people, not icons -- on the movie set between takes and away from
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Doris Day - My Heart - musicOMH.com
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... and re-imaginings of familiar tunes, My Heart does just this - taking us back on cotton-candy flights of fancy to a mythically idyllic age where the girls could breeze through life on feistiness alone and the guys were all as butch as Rock Hudson
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On Demand picks - Boston Globe
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DOWN WITH LOVE (Max on Comcast ) Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor in a fond but rather wobbly parody of old Doris Day/Rock Hudson comedies. Director Peyton Reed dresses the film in the swanky colors of the lounge era, and the script is clever when
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Sports Brings Us Back to Reality... Again - Patch.com
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Rock Hudson and Arthur Ashe to name two, but somehow, there were still large portions of America where AIDS and its causes were not discussed. This was 1991. We didn't expect him to live. We expected to watch him die. He was a man who always seemed so
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Tremors from Virginia earthquake rock Hudson Valley - Times Herald-Record
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(UPDATE: As of 2:30 pm the USGS puts the magnitudeof the quake at 5.9 at the epicenter in Louisa, Va., a small town near Richmond, Va.) The Times Herald-Record's Middletown office (where we felt it too) has fielded calls in the past few minutes from
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DORIS DAY: CAN SHE MAKE A COMEBACK AT 87? - Express.co.uk
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In her heyday as America's favourite Girl Next Door she topped the table of box-office stars for four years running and was in the Top 10 for a decade, far outstripping any of her male co-stars who included Rock Hudson, Clark Gable, James Stewart and
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Celebrity hairstylist, AIDS activist Guy Lawson dies at age 66 in LA - The Desert Sun
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27, 1944, in Enterprise, Miss., moved to Los Angeles in 1971, where he did hair for celebrities including Anne Ford Johnson, Ali McGraw, Rock Hudson, Dinah Shore, Robert Evans and Edie Adams, Taylor said. When he retired, Lawson moved to Palm Springs,
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CD Review: PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW soundtrack - Assignment X
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One of those great, groovy WTF early 70's flicks, PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW cast randy Rock Hudson as a football coach-cum-guidance counselor, whom most of the high school is falling in the sack, couch and car
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September, don't come - Kathimerini
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By Angelos Stangos Some people may recall “Come September,” a 1961 film starring Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida. This coming September will bear no resemblance to that light summer romantic comedy -- not in Greece, nor in Europe, or the rest of the
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My big Italian movie: marketing Big Mamma's Boy - encore
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“I've always loved Rock Hudson and Doris Day movies, with music and wonderful humour and wonderful style, design-wise, and at the same time I love My Big Fat Greek Wedding so I hope those elements have rubbed off to be a good romantic comedy.”
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A Celebrity Dating Solution - Military.com
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When the case goes to trial, it turns out that her clients who originally paid to marry Doris Day or Rock Hudson were actually getting married to each other. Case dismissed, everybody's happy. So, maybe all you YouTube celebrity daters should hook up
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10 Best Openly Gay Actors - Screen Junkies
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Rock Hudson. Rock Hudson's story stands as one of the more tragic ones of openly gay actors in Hollywood. At the height of his career, he was considered the standard for manly stature. However, he was desperate to hide the fact that he was gay for fear
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Chill out with these 10 cool flicks - ABC Action News
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Rock Hudson and Ernest Borgnine star. "Doctor Zhivago" (1965): Brrrrr. The title character (Omar Sharif) deals with heaping mounds of snow in his pursuit of the ultimate Ice Princess (Julie Christie). You might even be able to turn down the air
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Rock Hudson's Home Movies & The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender DVD Reviews - HeyUGuys.co.uk
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Two documentaries by Mark Rappaport reach DVD in the UK for the first time with the Bounty Films' releases of Rock Hudson's Home Movies & The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender. The first, Rock Hudson's Home Movies, is something of an experiment from
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DVD Review: Dynasty (The Fifth Season, Volume One & Two) - Inside Pulse
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There were plenty of additions to the cast with Billy Dee Williams (The Empire Strikes Back), Ali MacGraw (Love Story) and Rock Hudson (Giant) dropping by the mansion. Nothing was done in a small way for the top show on TV. Volume One starts off with a
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Watching The World: Ice Station Zebra? - Oil & Gas Journal
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There may be one or two members of the oil and gas industry who remember the 1968 action film, Ice Station Zebra, starring Rock Hudson and Ernest Borgnine, among others, which was loosely based on the 1963 novel of the same name
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'McMillan & Wife: Season Four' - Los Angeles Times
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Since the Rock Hudson-Susan Saint James series about San Francisco's police commissioner and his spouse was part of NBC's "Mystery Movie" anthology in the 1970s, any of its seasons consisted of only a relative handful of episodes
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rock Hudson
    FIFTIES
  • 1985
    Age 59
    Religion re-entered Hudson's life in his last weeks. Although he was raised a Roman Catholic, Hudson hadn't practiced in years and had come to regard himself as an atheist. But on September 25, 1985, at his publicist Tom Clark's request, a priest visited.
    More Details Hide Details Hudson made his confession and received Communion. Then he was administered the last rites.
    Hudson is mentioned in the 1985 Faith No More song "We Care a Lot".
    More Details Hide Details Homosexual protesters in the 2015 Chuck Palahniuk story "Inclinations" are referred to as "Rock Hudsons".
    Following Hudson's death, Marc Christian, Hudson's former lover, sued his estate on grounds of "intentional infliction of emotional distress". Christian claimed that Hudson continued having sex with him until February 1985, more than eight months after Hudson knew that he had HIV.
    More Details Hide Details Although he repeatedly tested negative for HIV, Christian claimed that he suffered from "severe emotional distress" after learning from a newscast that Hudson had died of AIDS. Christian also sued Hudson's personal secretary, Mark Miller, for $10 million because Miller allegedly lied to him about Hudson's illness. In 1989, a jury awarded Christian $21.75 million in damages, later reduced to $5.5 million. Christian later defended Hudson's reputation in not telling him he was infected: "You can't dismiss a man's whole life with a single act. This thing about AIDS was totally out of character for him," he said in an interview. In 1990, Hudson's live-in publicist Tom Clark and publicist Dick Kleiner published Rock Hudson, Friend of Mine. In the book Clark said he believed Hudson acquired HIV from blood transfusions during quintuple bypass open-heart surgery in 1981; never acknowledged that their relationship went beyond being roommates; and characterized Christian as disreputable. Christian filed a $22 million libel suit against the authors and publisher, charging that he had been labelled "a criminal, a thief, an unclean person, a blackmailer, a psychotic, an extortionist, a forger, a perjurer, a liar, a whore, an arsonist and a squatter". Christian died of "pulmonary problems" caused by years of heavy smoking in June 2009. Christian's partner of nine years, Brent Beckwith, took legal action against Christian's sister after not securing an expected share of his estate.
    Linda Evans herself appears not to have been angry at Hudson, and asked to introduce the segment of the 1985 Commitment to Life benefit that was dedicated to Hudson.
    More Details Hide Details For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Hudson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6116 Hollywood Blvd. Following his death, Elizabeth Taylor, his co-star in the film Giant, purchased a bronze plaque for Hudson on the West Hollywood Memorial Walk. In 2002, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.
    According to comments given in August 1985 by Ed Asner, then president of the Screen Actors Guild, Hudson's revelation caused incipient "panic" within the film and television industry.
    More Details Hide Details Asner said that he was aware of scripts being rewritten to eliminate kissing scenes. Later in the same year, the Guild issued rules requiring that actors be notified in advance of any "open-mouth" kissing scenes, and providing that they could refuse to participate in such scenes without penalty.
    However, Reagan did in fact phone Hudson privately in his Paris hospital room where he was being treated in July 1985 and released a condolence statement after his death.
    More Details Hide Details After Hudson revealed his diagnosis, a controversy arose concerning his participation in a scene in the television drama Dynasty in which he shared a long and repeated kiss with actress Linda Evans in one episode (first aired in February 1985). When filming the scene, Hudson was aware that he had AIDS, but did not inform Evans. Some felt that he should have disclosed his condition to her beforehand. At the time, it was thought that the virus was present in low quantities in saliva and tears, but there had been no reported cases of transmission by kissing. Nevertheless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had warned against exchanging saliva with members of groups perceived to be at high risk for AIDS.
    In a telegram Hudson sent to a September 1985 Hollywood AIDS benefit, Commitment to Life, which he was too ill to attend in person, Hudson said: "I am not happy that I am sick.
    More Details Hide Details I am not happy that I have AIDS. But if that is helping others, I can at least know that my own misfortune has had some positive worth." Shortly after his death, People reported: "Since Hudson made his announcement, more than $1.8 million in private contributions (more than double the amount collected in 1984) has been raised to support AIDS research and to care for AIDS victims (5,523 reported in 1985 alone). A few days after Hudson died, Congress set aside $221 million to develop a cure for AIDS." Organizers of the Hollywood AIDS benefit, Commitment to Life, reported after Hudson's announcement that he was suffering from the disease, it was necessary to move the event to a larger venue to accommodate the increased attendance. Shortly before his death Hudson made the first direct contribution, $250,000, to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, helping launch the non-profit organization dedicated to AIDS/HIV research and prevention; it was formed by a merger of a Los Angeles organization founded by Dr. Michael S. Gottlieb, Hudson's physician, and Elizabeth Taylor, his friend and onetime co-star, and a New York-based group.
    Shortly after Hudson's press release disclosing his infection, William M. Hoffman, the author of As Is, a play about AIDS that appeared on Broadway in 1985, stated: "If Rock Hudson can have it, nice people can have it.
    More Details Hide Details It's just a disease, not a moral affliction." At the same time, Joan Rivers was quoted as saying: "Two years ago, when I hosted a benefit for AIDS, I couldn't get one major star to turn out.... Rock's admission is a horrendous way to bring AIDS to the attention of the American public, but by doing so, Rock, in his life, has helped millions in the process. What Rock has done takes true courage." Morgan Fairchild said that "Rock Hudson's death gave AIDS a face."
    The disclosure of Hudson's AIDS diagnosis provoked widespread public discussion of his homosexuality (or, some would say, bisexuality). In its August 15, 1985 issue, People published a story that discussed his disease in the context of his sexuality.
    More Details Hide Details The largely sympathetic article featured comments from famous show business colleagues such as Angie Dickinson, Robert Stack, and Mamie Van Doren, who claimed they knew about Hudson's homosexuality and expressed their support for him. At that time, People had a circulation of more than 2.8 million, and, as a result of this and other stories, Hudson's homosexuality became fully public. Hudson's revelation had an immediate impact on the visibility of AIDS, and on the funding of medical research related to the disease. Among activists who were seeking to de-stigmatize AIDS and its victims, Hudson's revelation of his own infection with the disease was viewed as an event that could transform the public's perception of AIDS.
    On the morning of October 2, 1985, Hudson died in his sleep from AIDS-related complications at his home in Beverly Hills at age 59, less than two months before what would have been his 60th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details Hudson requested that no funeral be held. His body was cremated hours after his death and a cenotaph was later established at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, California.
    He was released from the hospital in late August 1985 and returned to his home, "The Castle", in Beverly Hills for private hospice care.
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    But, four days later, July 25, 1985, Hudson's publicist confirmed that Hudson did in fact have AIDS.
    More Details Hide Details He was among the first notable individuals to have been diagnosed with the disease. In another press release a month later, Hudson speculated he might have contracted HIV through transfused blood from an infected donor during the multiple blood transfusions he received during his heart bypass procedure in November 1981. Hudson flew back to Los Angeles on July 30. He was so weak, that he was removed by stretcher from the Air France Boeing 747 he had chartered, and on which he and his medical attendants were the only passengers. He was flown by helicopter to UCLA Medical Center, where he spent nearly a month undergoing further treatment.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His gaunt appearance and almost incoherent speech were so shocking, that the reunion was broadcast repeatedly over national news shows that night and for days to come. Media outlets speculated on Hudson's health. Two days later, Hudson traveled to Paris, France, for another round of treatment. After Hudson collapsed in his room at the Ritz Hotel in Paris on July 21, his publicist, Dale Olson, released a statement claiming that Hudson had inoperable liver cancer. Olson denied reports that Hudson had AIDS and would say only that he was undergoing tests for "everything" at the American Hospital of Paris.
  • 1984
    Age 58
    From December 1984 to April 1985, Hudson appeared in a recurring role on the ABC prime time soap opera Dynasty as Daniel Reece, the love interest for Krystle Carrington (played by Linda Evans) and biological father of the character Sammy Jo Carrington (Heather Locklear).
    More Details Hide Details While he had long been known to have difficulty memorizing lines, which resulted in his use of cue cards, it was Hudson's speech itself that began to visibly deteriorate on Dynasty. He was originally slated to appear for the duration of the show's fifth season; however, because of his progressing ill health, his character was abruptly written out of the show and died off screen.
    Unknown to the public, Hudson was diagnosed with HIV on 5 June 1984, just three years after the existence of HIV and AIDS had been discovered by scientists.
    More Details Hide Details Hudson kept his illness a secret and continued to work while, at the same time, traveling to France and other countries seeking a cure—or at least treatment to slow the progress of the disease.
    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.
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  • 1983
    Age 57
    He was in ill health while filming the action-drama film The Ambassador in Israel during the winter months of 1983 to 1984.
    More Details Hide Details He reportedly did not get along with his co-star Robert Mitchum, who had a serious drinking problem and often clashed off camera with Hudson and other cast and crew members.
  • 1982
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hudson recovered from the heart surgery but continued to smoke. He nevertheless continued to work with appearances in several TV movies.
  • 1981
    Age 55
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 45
    His most successful television series was McMillan & Wife opposite Susan Saint James, which ran from 1971 to 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Hudson played police commissioner Stewart "Mac" McMillan, with Saint James as his wife Sally, and their on-screen chemistry helped make the show a hit. Hudson took a risk and surprised many by making a successful foray into live theater late in his career, the most acclaimed of his efforts being I Do! I Do! in 1974.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1958
    Age 32
    Gates filed for divorce after three years in April 1958, citing mental cruelty.
    More Details Hide Details Hudson did not contest the divorce and Gates received alimony of $250 a week for 10 years. Gates never remarried. After Gates' death, the LGBT news magazine The Advocate published an article by Willson's biographer, who claimed that Gates was actually a lesbian who believed from the beginning of their relationship that Hudson was gay. Bob Hoffler, who wrote a biography of Hudson's agent, Henry Willson, The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson, told the Village Voice that Gates attempted to blackmail Hudson about his homosexual activities. In 2013 the transcript of one of the recordings was published. It showed that, contrary to her later public statements, Gates was aware of Hudson's homosexuality while married to him. According to the 1986 biography Rock Hudson: His Story by Hudson and Sara Davidson, Hudson was good friends with American novelist Armistead Maupin. The book also names certain of Hudson's lovers, including Jack Coates; Tom Clark (who published a memoir about Hudson, Rock Hudson: Friend of Mine), actor and stockbroker Lee Garlington, and Marc Christian (born Marc Christian MacGinnis), who later won a suit against the Hudson estate.
  • 1957
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He worked outside his usual range on the science-fiction thriller Seconds (1966). The film flopped but it later gained cult status, and Hudson's performance is often regarded as one of his best. He also tried his hand in the action genre with Tobruk (1967) and spy thriller Ice Station Zebra (1968), a role which he had actively sought and remained his personal favorite. He also dabbled in westerns, appearing opposite John Wayne in The Undefeated (1969). Hudson's popularity on the big screen diminished after the 1960s. During the 1970s and 1980s, he starred in a number of TV movies and series.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1954
    Age 28
    Director Douglas Sirk gave Hudson his first leading role, in the 1954 film Magnificent Obsession, co-starring Jane Wyman.
    More Details Hide Details The film received positive reviews, with Modern Screen Magazine citing Hudson as the most popular actor of the year. His popularity soared with George Stevens' film Giant (1956). Hudson and his co-star James Dean were both nominated for Oscars in the Best Actor category. In the 1950s, Hudson made nine films with acclaimed director and father-figure Douglas Sirk, with Sirk's own favorite being The Tarnished Angels (1958). Following Richard Brooks' acclaimed film Something of Value (1957) was a moving performance in Charles Vidor's box office failure A Farewell to Arms (1957). In order to make A Farewell to Arms, Hudson reportedly turned down Marlon Brando's role in Sayonara, William Holden's role in The Bridge on the River Kwai, and Charlton Heston's role in Ben-Hur. A Farewell to Arms received negative reviews, failed at the box office and became the last production by David O. Selznick.
  • 1953
    Age 27
    In 1953 he appeared in a Camel commercial which showed him on the set of Seminole.
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  • 1948
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hudson was further coached in acting, singing, dancing, fencing, and horseback riding at Universal International, and he began to be featured in film magazines where, being photogenic, he was promoted.
  • 1947
    Age 21
    After he sent talent scout Henry Willson a picture of himself in 1947, Willson took Hudson on as a client and changed his name to Rock Hudson, although Hudson later admitted he hated the name.
    More Details Hide Details Hudson's name was coined by combining the Rock of Gibraltar and the Hudson River.
  • 1946
    Age 20
    In 1946, after returning to San Francisco aboard an aircraft carrier, Hudson moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and applied to the University of Southern California's dramatics program, but he was rejected due to poor grades.
    More Details Hide Details He worked as a truck driver for some time, longing to be an actor but with no success in breaking into the movies.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Born
    Born on November 17, 1925.
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