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Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson
Photo: Universal Pictures / Public domain / Wikimedia Commons

Birth Date

November 17, 1925

Died

October 2, 1985

Nationality

United States

Sun Sign

Scorpio

Natural hair color

Black

Eye color

Brown

Height

6 ft 5 in | 196 cm

Weight

95 kg | 215 lbs

Shoe size

Not available

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Rock Hudson was born in Beverly Hills, California, United States, on November 17, 1925, was an American actor.

Young Rock Hudson made his big screen debut in World War II aviation war film Fighter Squadron (1948) in uncredited role as a pilot.

He got his first leading role as Frank Truscott in adventure movie Scarlet Angel (1952), opposite Yvonne de Carlo.

He landed his television debut in NBC comedy musical variety series The Colgate Comedy Hour (1954–1955).

Rock's breakthrough performance came as Bob Merrick in drama romantic movie Magnificent Obsession (1954) opposite Jane Wyman.

Best Movies

Rock Hudson and Doris Day made three films together, romantic comedies:

Send Me No Flowers (1964)

Lover Come Back (1961)

Pillow Talk (1959)

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Jordan "Bick" Benedict Jr. in epic Western drama film Giant (1956) with Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean.

All That Heaven Allows (1955) drama romance with Jane Wyman

The Undefeated (1969) Western with John Wayne

Seconds (1966) science fiction drama with John Randolph

Ice Station Zebra (1968) thriller drama with Ernest Borgnine

Bend of the River (1952) Western opposite James Stewart

Written on the Wind (1956) drama romance with Lauren Bacall

Tobruk (1967) drama war opposite George Peppard

The Tarnished Angels (1957) drama with Dorothy Malone

The Last Sunset (1961) Western opposite Kirk Douglas

TV Shows

He played Police Commissioner Stuart "Mac" McMillan in NBC police procedural television series McMillan & Wife (1971–1977).

Wheels (1978) miniseries in role as Adam Trenton

The Martian Chronicles (1980) NBC miniseries in role as Col. John Wilder

The Devlin Connection (1982) NBC crime drama series in role as Brian Devlin

He portrayed Daniel Reece in ABC soap opera Dynasty (1981-1989).

Facts

Attended New Trier High School in Winnetka.

Had German, Swiss-German, English and Irish ancestry.

Served as a Navy airplane mechanic in the United States Navy, during World War II.

He won a Golden Globe Award for World Film Favorite – Male in 1959, 1960 and 1963.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6116 Hollywood Boulevard.

He was an atheist.

Was good friends with American gay novelist Armistead Maupin.

Was close friends with singer Dusty Springfield.

Featured in a Camel commercial in 1953.

He was diagnosed with HIV in 1984.

Hudson died on October 2, 1985, Beverly Hills, California, United States, at the age of 59.

Spouse

He was married to Phyllis Gates (1955-1958).

Relationships

He dated Tom Clark (1981), Marc Christian (1980-1985), Jim Nabors (1970), Jack Coates (1967), Charlene Holt (1963-1964), Lee Garlington (1962-1965), Edie Adams (1961), Elaine Stritch (1957), Terry Moore (1953-1954), Mamie Van Doren (1953) and Vera-Ellen (1951-1954).

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