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McMillan and Wife
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He was the son of an auto mechanic and a telephone operator who divorced when he was eight years old. He failed to obtain parts in school plays because he couldn`t remember lines. After high school he was a postal employee and during WW II served as a Navy airplane mechanic. After the war he was a truck driver. His size and good looks got him into movies. His name was changed to Rock Hudson, his teeth were capped, he took lessons in acting, singing, fencing and riding. One line in his first picture, Fighter Squadron (1948), needed 38 takes. In 1956 he received an Oscar nomination for Giant (1956) and two years later Look magazine named him Star of the Year. He starred in a number of bedroom comedies, many with Doris Day, and had his own popular TV series "McMillan & Wife" (1971). He had a recurring role in TV`s "Dynasty" (1981) (1984-5). He was the first major public figure to announce he had AIDS, and his worldwide search for a cure drew international attention. After his death his long-time lover Marc Christian successfully sued his estate, again calling attention to the homosexuality Rock had hidden from most throughout his career.
New Trier Township High School ,Winnetka, Illinois
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Roy Harold Scherer Jr.
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Deep, Sensous voice., Thick, Black hair., From Westerns, Sob stories, to Sosphisticated comedies.
Doris Day, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Maxwell, George Nader, Dorothy Malone
Grace Kelly, Yvonne De Carlo
Rock Hudson (born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr.; November 17, 1925 â€“ October 2, 1985) was an American actor. Hudson is generally known for his turns as a leading man in the 1950s and 1960s and is viewed as a prominent actor and 'heartthrob' of the Hollywood Golden Age. He achieved stardom with roles in films such as Magnificent Obsession (1954), All That Heaven Allows (1955) and Giant (1956), and found continued success with a string of romantic comedies co-starring Doris Day in Pillow Talk (1959), Lover Come Back (1961) and Send Me No Flowers (1964). After appearing in films like Seconds (1966), Tobruk (1967) and Ice Station Zebra (1968) in the late 1960s, Hudson began a second career in television through the 1970s and '80s, starring in the popular mystery series McMillan & Wife and the soap opera Dynasty.
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Rock Hudson died on 2nd October, 1985. His last relationship was with Tom Clark.
During his life he was married to Phyllis Gates from 1955 to 1958.
He also dated Marc Christian from 1980 to 1985, Armistead Maupin in 1976, Jim Nabors in 1970, Jack Coates in 1967, Charlene Holt from 1963 to 1964, Lee Garlington (i) from 1962 to 1965, Edie Adams in 1961, Dorothy Malone in 1957, Elaine Stritch in 1957, Julie Adams in 1954, Terry Moore from 1953 to 1954, Joan Crawford in 1953, Mamie Van Doren in 1953, Yvonne De Carlo in 1952, Phyllis Winger in 1952, Denise Darcel in 1951, Piper Laurie in 1951, Vera-Ellen from 1951 to 1954, Joyce Mackenzie in 1950, Marilyn Maxwell, Anthony Perkins, Errol Flynn, Henry Willson, George Nader, Tyrone Power and Elizabeth Taylor.
Rock Hudson was rumored to have hooked up with Liberace and Marlon Brando.
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