Rock Hudson

Actor, Mail carrier, Laundryman
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/16/1925 in Winnetka, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (75)

Dynasty 1980 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Ambassador 1985 (Movie)

Frank Stevenson (Actor)

The Devlin Connection 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

An Act of Love: The Patricia Neal Story 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Star Maker 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beatrice Arthur Special 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Martian Chronicles 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mirror Crack'd 1979 (Movie)

Jason Rudd (Actor)

Arthur Hailey's "Wheels" 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Avalanche 1978 (Movie)

David Shelby (Actor)

McMillan 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Olivia Newton-John Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Embryo 1975 (Movie)

Dr Paul Holliston (Actor)

Showdown 1972 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

McMillan & Wife 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Pretty Maids All in a Row 1971 (Movie)

Tiger (Actor)

Darling Lili 1970 (Movie)

Major William Larrabee (Actor)

A Fine Pair 1969 (Movie)

Captain Mike Harmon (Actor)

Hollywood: The Selznick Years 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Hornet's Nest 1969 (Movie)

Captain Turner (Actor)

The Undefeated 1969 (Movie)

Colonel James Langdon (Actor)

Ice Station Zebra 1968 (Movie)

Cmdr James Ferraday (Actor)

Tobruk 1967 (Movie)

Major Donald Craig (Actor)

Seconds 1966 (Movie)

Antiochus Wilson (Actor)

A Very Special Favor 1965 (Movie)

Paul Chadwick (Actor)

Blindfold 1965 (Movie)

Dr Bartholomew Snow (Actor)

Man's Favorite Sport? 1964 (Movie)

Roger Willoughby (Actor)

Send Me No Flowers 1964 (Movie)

George Kimball (Actor)

Strange Bedfellows 1964 (Movie)

Carter Harrison (Actor)

A Gathering of Eagles 1962 (Movie)

Col Jim Caldwell (Actor)

Come September 1961 (Movie)

Robert Talbot (Actor)

The Last Sunset 1961 (Movie)

Dana Stribling (Actor)

The Spiral Road 1961 (Movie)

Anton Drager (Actor)

Lover Come Back 1960 (Movie)

Jerry Webster (Actor)

Pillow Talk 1959 (Movie)

Brad Allen (Actor)

This Earth Is Mine 1958 (Movie)

John Rambeau (Actor)

Twilight For the Gods 1958 (Movie)

David Bell (Actor)

A Farewell to Arms 1957 (Movie)

Lieutenant Frederick Henry (Actor)

Battle Hymn 1957 (Movie)

Colonel Dean Hess (Actor)

Something of Value 1957 (Movie)

Peter McKenzie (Actor)

The Tarnished Angels 1957 (Movie)

Burke Devlin (Actor)

Giant 1956 (Movie)

Bick Benedict (Actor)

Never Say Goodbye 1956 (Movie)

Dr Michael Carrington (Actor)

Written on the Wind 1956 (Movie)

Mitch Wayne (Actor)

All That Heaven Allows 1955 (Movie)

Ron Kirby (Actor)

Captain Lightfoot 1955 (Movie)

Michael Martin (Actor)

One Desire 1955 (Movie)

Clint Saunders (Actor)

Bengal Brigade 1954 (Movie)

Jeff Claybourne (Actor)

Magnificent Obsession 1954 (Movie)

Bob Merrick (Actor)

Taza, Son of Cochise 1954 (Movie)

Taza (Actor)

Back to God's Country 1953 (Movie)

Peter Keith (Actor)

The Golden Blade 1953 (Movie)

Harun (Actor)

Gun Fury 1952 (Movie)

Ben Warren (Actor)

Here Come the Nelsons 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Horizons West 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Seminole 1952 (Movie)

Lance Caldwell (Actor)

The Lawless Breed 1952 (Movie)

John Wesley Hardin (Actor)

Tomahawk 1951 (Movie)

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Bright Victory 1950 (Movie)

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Bend of the River (Movie)

Troy Wilson (Actor)

Fighter Squadron (Movie)

Lieutenant (Actor)

I Was a Shoplifter (Movie)

Store Detective (Actor)

Marilyn (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

Marilyn (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Once Upon a Dead Man (TV Show)

Actor

Peggy (Movie)

Johnny Higgins (Actor)

Scarlet Angel (Movie)

Frank Truscott (Actor)

Sea Devils (Movie)

Gilliatt (Actor)

The Fat Man (Movie)

Roy Clark (Actor)

The Martian Chronicles (Movie)

Col. John Wilder (Actor)

The Vegas Strip War (TV Show)

Actor

Winchester '73 (Movie)

Young Bull (Actor)

World War III (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Pillow Talk 1959 (Movie)

("Pillow Talk" "Inspiration" "Roly Poly") (Song Performer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Vera-Ellen Actor

Companion
"dated" over a three year period

Jack Coates

Companion

Marc Christian

Companion
sued Hudson's estate after his death

Tom Clark

Companion
had long-term relationship published memoir about Hudson

Phyllis Gates

Wife
married in 1955 divorced in 1958

Armistead Maupin

Companion
had brief relationship

Roy Scherer

Father
divorced from Hudson's mother c. 1929

Alice Scherer

Half-Sister
adopted by Roy Scherer

Katherine Wood

Mother
divorced from Hudson's father c. 1929 later married and divorced Wallace Fitzgerald who adopted her son

EDUCATION

New Trier High School

Winnetka , Illinois 1944
classmates included actor Hugh O'Brian

Milestones

1985

Appeared in the feature documentary, "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey"

1984

Last acting role in a feature film, "The Ambassador"

1970

Played one of the title roles, police commissioner Stewart McMillan, in the popular ABC-TV detective series, "McMillan and Wife"

1964

Last of eight consecutive appearances in the annual poll of top ten boxoffice stars; placed third

1959

First teaming with Doris Day, "Pillow Talk"

1957

First appearance in the annual exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars; placed first

1954

Achieved top star status opposite Jane Wyman in director Douglas Sirk's remake of "Magnificent Obsession"

1948

Film acting debut in "Fighter Squadron"

Adopted the name Roy Fitzgerald when his mother re-married

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

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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