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Rock Hudson

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Gay matinee idol who appeared in Magnificent Obsession and died of Supports 1985. He obtained additional popularity for his part in the secret display, McMillan & Wife. His dad abandoned his family members when Rock and roll was very youthful. While wanting to break right into the film market, he was briefly used as a pickup truck driver. He is at several passionate comedies with Doris Day time. He wedded his agent’s secretary, Phyllis Gates, in 1925 plus they continued to be collectively until her loss of life in 2006. His dad, Roy Harold Schere, Sr. was a guy of Swiss and German ancestry. After he remaining, Rock’s mom, Katherine Real wood, remarried Wally Fitzgerald. He starred with Jane Wyman in Wonderful Obsession.

Quick Facts


Full Name Rock Hudson
Date Of Birth November 17, 1925
Died October 2, 1985, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Place Of Birth Winnetka, IL
Height 1.93 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality American
Spouse Phyllis Gates
Parents Wallace Fitzgerald, Katherine Wood, Roy Harold Scherer, Sr.
Awards Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor
Movies Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, Giant, Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, Send Me No Flowers, Come September, Has Anybody Seen My Gal?, Written on the Wind, The Lawless Breed, Man's Favorite Sport?, Battle Hymn, The Undefeated, Bend of the River, Ice Station Zebra, The Last Sunset, Taza, Son of Cochise, Winchester '73, The Tarnished Angels, Pretty Maids All in a Row, Gun Fury, The Golden Blade, A Farewell to Arms, The Mirror Crack'd, Bengal Brigade, Darling Lili, Seminole, The Spiral Road, Hornets' Nest, Strange Bedfellows, Something of Value, Tobruk, Never Say Goodbye, Captain Lightfoot, A Very Special Favor, Horizons West, A Gathering of Eagles, A Fine Pair, Sea Devils, Scarlet Angel, The Fat Man, One Desire, This Earth Is Mine, Twilight for the Gods, Air Cadet, Back to God's Country, Bright Victory, Blindfold, Here Come the Nelsons, The Desert Hawk, Seconds
TV Shows Dynasty, The Devlin Connection, The Martian Chronicles, McMillan & Wife, The Dick Powell Show, Wheels, The Beatrice Arthur Special
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1His father was of German and Swiss-German descent. His maternal grandfather was an English immigrant, and his maternal grandmother was born in Illinois, to Irish parents.
2His father left the family and his mother married Wallace Fitzgerald. Hudson's legal name was then changed from Scherer to Fitzgerald.
3In June 2014, he was honored as Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month.
4Despite playing their father in Giant (1956), Hudson was just 6 years older than Carroll Baker, 9 years older than Fran Bennett and 11 years older than Dennis Hopper.
5Hollywood writer Sidney Skilosky coined the cliché "Beefcake" to describe Hudson.
6Hudson was assigned to The Golden Blade (1953) only after Tony Curtis and Farley Granger turned it down.
7After Raoul Walsh sold Rock Hudson's contract to Universal, he retained the right to his services in one film. This was ultimately settled a decade later, when Walsh was assigned a percentage of the profits from Come September (1961).
8After Husdon had chosen his new name Rock, when it was suggested by agent Henry Willson, the actor objected when Universal tried to shorten the spelling to Roc.
9MGM offered Universal $750,000 for Hudson to play the starring role in Ben-Hur (1959) but the studio refused.
10Universal agreed to loan Hudson to his original studio Warner Bros. in exchange for the services of Warner contractee Virginia Mayo for the potboiler Congo Crossing (1956).
11Was in talks, with Doris Day and Tony Randall, for a Pillow Talk (1959) sequel at the time he was diagnosed was AIDS. The story reportedly would have him and Doris Day's character being married and dealing with their daughter's upcoming marriage to Tony Randall's son.
12His agent subtracted two years from his date of birth--from 1925 to 1923--in order to get Hudson more mature roles.
13Although commonly listed as 6'4", he is believed to have downplayed his height. His character is repeatedly referred to as being 6'6" in the film Pillow Talk (1959) and, upon co-starring with John Wayne and James Stewart, he was clearly taller than those very tall stars. Many sources list him 6'5", which would put him as equal to Vince Vaughn, Tim Robbins and, the tallest leading man per the Guinness Book of World Records, Christopher Lee as the tallest leading men.
14He signed a contract with Universal Studios to do McMillan & Wife (1971) in 1971 for one of the largest salaries ever seen in television at the time.
15It is not known how he contracted AIDS. In Sara Davidson's biography of him, she (quoting a friend indirectly) speculates that he might have picked up the virus through blood transfusions related to his 1981 heart surgery.
16In the summer of 1966 he was released from his studio contract after filming Tobruk (1967) and proceeded to work independently for the rest of his career.
17Along with Cary Grant, he was regarded as one of the best-dressed male stars in Hollywood.
18He was Universal Studio's first choice to play Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), but was rejected as being too young at 36.
19Once said he knew had made it in Hollywood after he received more applause and cheers at the premiere of Bend of the River (1952) than the film's star, James Stewart.
20In 1979 he was involved in a DUI incident when he crashed his car into a palm tree in Los Angeles late one night.
21He was very disappointed by the box office failure of Seconds (1966), which he considered to be his best performance and had hoped would show the public that he could be a versatile film actor.
22He actively sought the leading role in Ice Station Zebra (1968), and after Laurence Harvey backed out of the project, Hudson was cast.
23He had always been critical of plastic surgery, although in 1981 he had surgery on his eyelids after a cameraman convinced him it would make him look better on screen.
24An accomplished bridge player.
25He stood six foot by the time he was fourteen.
26Had a priceless record collection, which was taken by Marc Christian after his death.
27In the last 18 months of his life, his weight dropped from 215 lbs to 140 lbs. He weighed 126 lbs at the time of his death.
28Although Hudson never publicly came out as gay during his lifetime, he did authorize a biography by Sara Davidson, "Rock Hudson: His Story" (1986), which discussed his private life in great detail.
29He was very near-sighted and wore glasses all the time off screen. He would rarely allow himself to be photographed wearing glasses though.
30After announcing he had AIDS in July 1985, Hudson received telegrams of support from Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, Marlene Dietrich, James Garner, Carol Burnett, Ali MacGraw, Jack Lemmon, Richard Dreyfuss, Ava Gardner, Mickey Rooney, Milton Berle and Madonna. President Ronald Reagan, who had recently undergone surgery for colon cancer, personally telephoned him at the hospital.
31At the time of his death, his estate was valued at $22 million.
32In order to make A Farewell to Arms (1957), he turned down Marlon Brando's role in Sayonara (1957), William Holden's role in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), and Charlton Heston's role in Ben-Hur (1959). The three films he had turned down went on to become hugely successful and were critically acclaimed, while A Farewell to Arms (1957) proved to be one of the biggest flops in history.
33Was seriously considered for the male lead in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie (1964), and actually met with Hitchcock, but was turned down in favor of Sean Connery.
34Pat Boone was allowed inside Hudson's Hollywood mansion to pray for his soul as the actor lay dying. Ironically, according to his close friends, Hudson was a lifelong atheist.
35He was the original choice to play Jason Colby in the Dynasty (1981) spin off The Colbys (1985), but had to turn it down due to his declining health. The part went to Charlton Heston instead.
36Early in his career he had surgery on his vocal chords to make his voice deeper, and had his teeth capped. The surgery had the unfortunate side effect of making it impossible for Hudson to learn to sing. Therefore when he played King Arthur in "Camelot" he had to talk his way through the songs, just as Rex Harrison did in My Fair Lady (1964).
37Grew a mustache and sideburns for his role in The Undefeated (1969). Afterwards he decided to retain that look throughout the 1970s.
38Was very close friends with singer Dusty Springfield.
39His favorite of his films was the Cold War drama Ice Station Zebra (1968).
40Made "Top 10 stars of the year" a record eight times from 1957 to 1964.
41A conservative Republican, Hudson joined Ronald Reagan, John Wayne, Irene Dunne and Raymond Massey in campaigning for Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election.
42He stayed at the White House in May 1984 as a guest of then President Ronald Reagan. First Lady Nancy Reagan wrote to Hudson saying how glad she and her husband were to see him looking well following his operation.
43In 1977 he toured 13 cities as King Arthur in the musical "Camelot".
44Following his diagnosis of AIDS in June 1984, Hudson told his doctor that he hoped he would die from a heart attack (he had undergone an emergency quintuple heart bypass in 1981) before the public could find out the truth.
45Less than a month after announcing he had AIDS, Hudson wrote a check for $250,000 to help get the then-fledgling National AIDS Research Foundation (NARF) off the ground.
46Following a right-shoulder injury in 1973, often used his left hand to write and pick up objects on McMillan & Wife (1971).
47Became very close to Roman Gabriel while filming The Undefeated (1969).
48When Hudson initially became ill with AIDS, his lover Marc Christian thought he had lung cancer because he was a heavy smoker.
49His favorite performances were in Giant (1956) and Seconds (1966).
50Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981- 1985, pages 405-407. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
51Hudson was diagnosed with AIDS on 5 June 1984 but when the signs of illness became apparent, his publicity staff and doctors told the public that he had liver cancer.
52According to the book, "The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson", the original plan was to call him "Roc" but someone pointed out the possibility of confusion with the 1940s actress, Rochelle Hudson, so a "k" was added and "Roc" became "Rock".
53Hudson and his partner Marc Christian went out of their way while traveling near downtown Los Angeles, so that the couple could meet Michael Jackson during the filming of his award-winning music video, Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983).
54Died the same day as George Savalas. He and Savalas' older brother, Telly Savalas appeared in Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971).
55Is portrayed by Thomas Ian Griffith in Rock Hudson (1990)
56Underwent emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery to relieve severely clogged coronary arteries in November 1981 after suffering chest pains, and began smoking again soon after leaving the hospital. Consequently he was very frail during the filming of The Ambassador (1984), while in Israel during the winter months of 1983 and 1984, and he did not get along with his co-star Robert Mitchum.
57Involved with Marc Christian during the period he knew he had AIDS, but did not disclose it to Christian. Christian hired Marvin Mitchelson, and sued Hudson's estate for damages and emotional distress. He won a $21.7 million jury award in 1989, which was reduced to $5.5 million in 1991.
58The media first began to suspect he had serious health problems when he came to Carmel, California, in July 1985 to help his Pillow Talk (1959) co-star Doris Day launch her cable series, Doris Day's Best Friends (1985). His gaunt appearance and obvious disorientation suddenly became the focus of what was meant to be a joyous reunion of one of Hollywood's favorite on-screen couples. He died just three months later.
59By the time he had taken the guest role of Daniel Reece, a suave and stately horse breeder on Dynasty (1981) late in 1984, the AIDS virus was consuming him. Before long, he was suffering from memory loss and was forced to use cue cards to read his lines. He also had difficulty speaking.
60Production on the television series The Devlin Connection (1982) was suspended for a year while he was recovering from quintuple heart bypass surgery.
61Before taking his first film role, he got his teeth capped and was coached intensively in acting, singing, dancing, fencing and riding. Still, it took no less than 38 takes before he could successfully complete one line in his first picture, Fighter Squadron (1948).
62Enamored of movies as a teenager, he worked as an usher.
63Although he tried out for roles in school plays, Hudson failed to win any because he could not remember lines.
64Talent scout Henry Willson coined the stage name, "Rock Hudson", by combining the Rock of Gibraltar and the Hudson River.
65Worked as a truck driver when he first moved to Los Angeles, but he spent his spare time idling outside of studio gates and sending photographs of himself to various producers.
66Went to the same school, New Trier Township High School East (Winnetka, Illinois), as Ann-Margret, Charlton Heston, Ralph Bellamy, Hugh O'Brian, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Virginia Madsen and Liz Phair.
67He was cremated and his ashes are scattered into the sea.
68The Prudential Life Insurance Co. stopped using its slogan "Own A Piece Of The Rock" after Hudson died of AIDS and many jokes were made about him and the slogan.
69Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#28). [1995]


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dynasty1984-1985TV SeriesDaniel Reece
The Vegas Strip War1984TV MovieNeil Chaine
The Ambassador1984Frank Stevenson
The Devlin Connection III1982Brian Devlin
World War III1982TV MoviePresident Thomas McKenna
The Devlin Connection1982TV SeriesBrian Devlin
The Star Maker1981TV MovieDanny Youngblood
The Mirror Crack'd1980Jason Rudd
The Martian Chronicles1980TV Mini-SeriesCol. John Wilder
Avalanche1978David Shelby
Wheels1978TV Mini-SeriesAdam Trenton
Embryo1976Dr. Paul Holliston
Showdown1973Chuck Jarvis
Pretty Maids All in a Row1971Tiger
Hornets' Nest1970Turner
Darling Lili1970Major William Larrabee
The Undefeated1969Colonel James Langdon
Ice Station Zebra1968Cdr. James Ferraday
A Fine Pair1968Capt. Mike Harmon
Tobruk1967Maj. Donald Craig
Seconds1966Antiochus Wilson
Blindfold1965Dr. Bartholomew Snow
A Very Special Favor1965Paul Chadwick
Strange Bedfellows1965Carter Harrison
Send Me No Flowers1964George Pemberton Kimball
Man's Favorite Sport?1964Roger Willoughby
A Gathering of Eagles1963Col. Jim Caldwell
The Spiral Road1962Dr. Anton Drager
Lover Come Back1961Jerry Webster
Come September1961Robert L. Talbot
The Last Sunset1961Dana Stribling
Pillow Talk1959Brad Allen
This Earth Is Mine1959John Rambeau
Twilight for the Gods1958Captain David Bell
A Farewell to Arms1957Lt. Frederick Henry
The Tarnished Angels1957Burke Devlin
Something of Value1957Henry's Son - Peter
Lux Video Theatre1957TV SeriesIntermission Guest
Battle Hymn1957Dean Hess
Written on the Wind1956Mitch Wayne
Giant1956Jordan 'Bick' Benedict Jr.
Never Say Goodbye1956Dr. Michael Parker
All That Heaven Allows1955Ron Kirby
One Desire1955Clint Saunders
Captain Lightfoot1955Michael Martin
Bengal Brigade1954Capt. Jeffrey Claybourne
Magnificent Obsession1954Bob Merrick
Taza, Son of Cochise1954Taza
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef1953Narrator At Opening Underwater Scenes (uncredited)
Back to God's Country1953Peter Keith
Gun Fury1953Ben Warren
The Golden Blade1953Harun
Sea Devils1953Gilliatt
Seminole1953Lance Caldwell
The Lawless Breed1953John Wesley Hardin
Horizons West1952Neil Hammond
Has Anybody Seen My Gal1952Dan Stebbins
Scarlet Angel1952Frank Truscott
Here Come the Nelsons1952Charles E. 'Charlie' Jones
Bend of the River1952Trey Wilson
Iron Man1951Tommy 'Speed' O'Keefe aka Kosco
The Fat Man1951Roy Clark
Bright Victory1951Dudek
Air Cadet1951Upper Classman
Tomahawk1951Burt Hanna
Shakedown1950Ted - Night Club Doorman
The Desert Hawk1950Captain Ras
Peggy1950Johnny 'Scat' Mitchell
Winchester '731950Young Bull
I Was a Shoplifter1950Store Detective
One Way Street1950Truck Driver (uncredited)
Undertow1949Detective (as Roc Hudson)
Fighter Squadron1948Second Lieutenant (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Kraft Music Hall1967TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pillow Talk1959performer: "Roly Poly", "Inspiration"
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV Special performer: "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
Captain Lightfoot1955performer: "Kate Kearney" - uncredited
Has Anybody Seen My Gal1952performer: "Gimme a Little Kiss Will 'Ya' Huh?", "The Charleston" - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tobruk1967executive producer - uncredited
Seconds1966associate producer - uncredited
Man's Favorite Sport?1964executive producer - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The New Bike2009Short acknowledgment
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey1984Documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Place the Face1953TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1952TV SeriesHimself - Guest of Honor
Doris Day's Best Friends1985TV SeriesHimself
Cinéma cinémas1985TV Series documentaryHimself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1985TV SpecialHimself
Hour Magazine1985TV SeriesHimself
Àngel Casas Show1984TV SeriesHimself
Wogan1984TV SeriesHimself
The 56th Annual Academy Awards1984TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
NBC Family Christmas1981TV MovieHimself
The Patricia Neal Story1981TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
More TV's Censored Bloopers1981TV MovieHimself - Guest
Bitte umblättern1981TV Series documentaryHimself
Superstunt II1980TV Special documentaryHimself
Circus of the Stars #51980TV Special documentaryHimself - Ringmaster
Douglas Sirk: Über Stars1980TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Beatrice Arthur Special1980TV MovieHimself
Musical Comedy Tonight1979TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1977-1979TV SeriesHimself - Actor
The Carol Burnett Show1975-1977TV SeriesHimself
An All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor1977TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dinah!1974-1975TV SeriesHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1975TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Orson Welles1975TV SpecialHimself
Elizabeth Taylor - An Intimate Portrait1975TV Movie documentaryHimself
James Dean Remembered1974TV Special documentaryHimself (voice)
The 45th Annual Academy Awards1973TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
The 14th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1972TV SpecialHimself
The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World1971TV Movie documentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special1971TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Dinah's Place1970TV SeriesHimself
Frost on Sunday1970TV SeriesHimself - Award Presenter
The Jim Nabors Hour1970TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood: The Selznick Years1969TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Laugh-In1968-1969TV SeriesHimself
The Man Who Makes the Difference1968Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
The Kraft Music Hall1967TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Bob Hope Show1967TV SeriesHimself
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1966-1967TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Carol and Company1966TV MovieHimself
The 37th Annual Academy Awards1965TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography
Marilyn1963DocumentaryNarrator
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards1963TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Henrietta Award World Film Favorite - Male
The 34th Annual Academy Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
At This Very Moment1962TV SpecialHimself
The Jack Benny Program1962TV SeriesHimself
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1958-1959TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Recipient
The Big Party1959TV SeriesHimself - Host
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Cinematography Awards
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Co-Presenter: Short Subjects Awards
Screen Snapshots 1856: The Mocambo Party1957ShortHimself
The James Dean Story1957DocumentaryHimself - 'Giant' premiere footage (uncredited)
The 29th Annual Academy Awards1957TV Special documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
Caesar's Hour1957TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1956TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1954-1955TV SeriesHimself - Awards Presenter / Himself - Actor
Warner Pathé News Issue # 871955Documentary shortHimself
I Love Lucy1955TV SeriesHimself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Els dies clau2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Children of Giant2015DocumentaryHimself
Ochéntame... otra vez2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Wogan: The Best Of2015TV SeriesHimself
Tab Hunter Confidential2015DocumentaryHimself
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Battle of Amfar2013Documentary shortHimself - Actor
Amen. Il pittore che fece sognare Hollywood2012DocumentaryHimself
Vito2011Documentary
Making the Boys2011DocumentaryHimself
Reagan2011DocumentaryHimself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryBrad Allen Jerry Webster
Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger2010DocumentaryHimself
50 años de2009TV SeriesHimself
Acting for Douglas Sirk: 'Written on the Wind' and 'The Tarnished Angels' Remembered2008Video documentary shortHimself
Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon2008DocumentaryHimself
Catalunya.cat2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Un jour, un destin2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Quand la peur dévore l'âme2007ShortRon Kirby
La imagen de tu vida2006TV SeriesHimself / Commissioner Stewart McMillan
Private Screenings2006TV SeriesJordan Benedict -
Fragiles et sublimes... Stars en clair obscur2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Infrarouge2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Ciclo Agatha Christie2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That2005TV Movie documentaryLt. Lance Caldwell
Entertainment Tonight2005TV SeriesHimself
80s2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Movies That Shook the World2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Cineastas contra magnates2005DocumentaryBurke Devlin (in 'The Tarnished Angels')
James Dean: Forever Young2005DocumentaryHimself
American Masters2004-2005TV Series documentaryActor 'Giant' / Himself
Hollywood Legenden2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Return to 'Giant'2003Video documentaryHimself
The Greatest2003TV Series documentaryHimself
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003DocumentaryHimself
Biography1999-2003TV Series documentaryHimself / Jordan Benedict in 'Giant
The Making of 'Far from Heaven'2002TV Short documentaryRon Kirby in "All That Heaven Allows" (uncredited)
The Beatles... Off the Record: Newsreel Footage 1964-19662001TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special2001TV Movie documentary
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood2001TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Elizabeth Taylor: A Musical Celebration2000TV Movie uncredited
Omnibus2000TV Series documentary
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 21999TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story1998-1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Best of Hollywood1998TV Movie documentaryInterview
Memories of 'Giant'1998Video documentaryHimself
The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender1997DocumentaryHimself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
James Dean: A Portrait1996TV Movie documentaryHimself (1955 behind the scenes footage) (uncredited)
The Making of 'My Fair Lady'1995Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryRon Kirby, 'All That Heaven Allows' (uncredited)
Super 8½1994Himself (uncredited)
Laugh-In Past Christmas Present1993TV SpecialHimself
And the Band Played On1993TV MovieHimself (epilogue sequence) (uncredited)
Fame in the Twentieth Century1993TV Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Peter's Friends1992Himself (uncredited)
Rock Hudson's Home Movies1992DocumentaryHimself
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt1990DocumentaryHimself
Rock Hudson1990TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood Heaven: Tragic Lives, Tragic Deaths1990Video documentaryHimself
Volunteers1985Himself (uncredited)
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey1984DocumentaryHimself
Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sixty Years of Seduction1981TV Movie documentary
The Carol Burnett Show1977TV SeriesHimself
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryJordan 'Bick' Benedict Jr. (uncredited)
Lionpower from MGM1967Short uncredited
Mondo Hollywood1967DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase1965Documentary short
The Beverly Hillbillies1964TV SeriesGeorge Kimball
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show1956TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977TP de OroTP de Oro, SpainBest Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero)McMillan & Wife (1971)
1964BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalMan's Favorite Sport? (1964)
1963Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1963Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actor (Schauspieler)
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star
1962BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalThe Spiral Road (1962)
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star
1961Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - MaleTogether with Tony Curtis
1961BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalCome September (1961)
1960Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1960BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalPillow Talk (1959)
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star
1960Most Popular Male StarPhotoplay Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6116 Hollywood Blvd.
1959Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1959BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalThis Earth Is Mine (1959)
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star
1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star
1958Most Popular Male StarPhotoplay Awards
1957Most Popular Male StarPhotoplay Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star6th place.
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star6th place.
1957OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleGiant (1956)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalTobruk (1967)
1964Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actor (Schauspieler)
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star
1962Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actor (Schauspieler)
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Comedy PerformanceLover Come Back (1961)
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star
1958BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalA Farewell to Arms (1957)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalSeconds (1966)
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsComedy Performance, MaleSend Me No Flowers (1964)
1961Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actor (Schauspieler)
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Comedy PerformancePillow Talk (1959)
1958Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actor (Schauspieler)

TitleSalary
Dynasty (1981)$100,000 per episode
McMillan & Wife (1971)$75,000 per 90 minutes episode
McMillan & Wife (1971)$120,000 /episode (first season)
McMillan & Wife (1971)$120,000 /episode
A Farewell to Arms (1957)$17,000 per week
Giant (1956)$100,000

#Quote
1He was like ol' Dad to me, and I was like a son to him, I think. When you're scared and new and you're trying to figure out this thing, and suddenly an older man will reach out and say, 'There, there, it's okay,' that was Douglas Sirk.
2[After walking out of Los Angeles premiere of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)] Will someone tell me what the hell this is about?
3Do you want to know the secret of my second youth? Well, it must have something to do with my being surrounded by men. Women put too much of a strain on the heart! (1984)
4If you're cast in crap like Taza, Son of Cochise (1954), it doesn't matter if you experiment with a scene and it goes wrong. Who's gonna notice? But if it works, you can use it in a better film. Like Giant (1956), perhaps.
5Right from the start, I hated the script. I just didn't believe in that man for one minute. Making fun of death is difficult and dangerous. That scene where I went out and bought a plot for myself in the cemetery - to me it was completely distasteful. - On Send Me No Flowers (1964)
6Television is the monster of all time that eats everything and everybody. When they wanted McMillan & Wife (1971) to go to two hours I said, 'Why? The thing doesn't even hold up for ninety minutes!'.
7I've heard that rumor for years and I just don't care about it. I know lots of gays in Hollywood. Some have tried it on with me, but I've always said, 'Come on, you've got the wrong guy!' As soon as they know that, it's okay! (1978)
8I welcome my birthdays. Relish them, as a matter of fact. I have confidence now and can look forward to trying new things. I don't think fifty was a crucial age. Forty was, and thirty-nine because I was facing forty. But lately everything has fallen into place. (1983)
9It was better than I thought. Why didn't I put more into it? - On McMillan & Wife (1971)
10It was the biggest mistake of my career. - On A Farewell to Arms (1957)
11Nobody is discovered. Ever. Publicity departments loved to say that Lana Turner was discovered sitting at a soda fountain counter, drinking a chocolate soda ... It isn't true. I mean, there are too many interesting-looking people on Earth for that to ever happen.
12I love to smoke. I keep hoping someone will discover it's a healthy habit because the smoke kills all the germs in your system. I love to drink, and I hate exercise. I don't mind going out on the side of a hill and chopping down a tree, but I hate organized exercise. I built a gym in my house but I never use it. I don't even like to walk through it.
13Someone asked me once what my philosophy of life was, and I said some crazy thing. I should have said, how the hell do I know?
14[on Elizabeth Taylor] She's indestructible.
15I also remember meeting Gary Cooper at a party. I was so impressed that I blurted out that all the stars I had met before had been terrific people. Cooper thought about it for a minute, then said, "Yes, I suppose we are, the ones who are on top. But watch out for the ones who haven't quite made it, or are past it." It was valuable advice.
16(In the early 1980s, before his sickness was publicly known) " I always consider my job just as someone working in an office. Past 5 P.M., I lead my very own existence far from the cameras. It's essential for an actor to clearly separate private life from work... essential for me, anyway."
17"I am not happy that I am sick. 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." (1985)
18I have no philosophy about acting or anything else. You just do it. And I mean that. You just do it. However, I can say that with ease after thirty-five years.
19I can't play a loser - I don't look like one.
20I did a movie with Duke Wayne and was very surprised to find out he had small feet, wore lifts, and a corset. Hollywood is seldom what it seems.
21John Wayne was then the Hollywood legend, and I was on screen with him. The guy is an angel. He saved my life back then when no other film maker wanted to know me. - On The Undefeated (1969)
22I had to overcome the name Rock. If I'd been as hip then as I am now, I would have never consented to be named Rock.
23His legal name was Roy Fitzgerald. When meeting John F. Kennedy, the American president remarked: "They say all Fitzgeralds are related", to which Hudson replied, "I guess that would make Ella happy".

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1Ideal leading-man good looks
2Towering, sculpted frame
3Moved from westerns to sob stories to sosphisticated comedies
4Thick black hair
5Deep, sensous voice

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