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Rock Hudson

Highest Rated:   100% The Tarnished Angels (1958)
Lowest Rated:   0% A Farewell To Arms (1957)
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Birthplace:   Winnetka, Illinois, USA
American actor Rock Hudson was born Roy Scherer, adopting the last name Fitzgerald when his mother remarried in the mid-'30s. A popular but academically unspectacular student at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL, he decided at some point during his high school years to become an actor, although a wartime stint in the Navy put these plans on hold. Uninspiring postwar jobs as a moving man, postman, telephone company worker, and truck driver in his new home of California only fueled his desire to break into movies, which was accomplished after he had professional photos of himself taken and sent out to the various studios. A few dead-end interviews later, he took drama lessons; his teacher advised him to find a shorter name if he hoped to become a star, and, after rejecting Lance and Derek, he chose Rock ("Hudson" was inspired by the automobile of that name). Signed by Universal-International, Hudson was immediately loaned to Warner Bros. for his first film, Fighter Squadron (1948); despite director Raoul Walsh's predictions of stardom for the young actor, Hudson did the usual contract player bits, supporting roles, and villain parts when he returned to Universal. A good part in Winchester '73 (1950) led to better assignments, and the studio chose to concentrate its publicity on Hudson's physical attributes rather than his acting ability, which may explain why the actor spent an inordinate amount of screen time with his shirt off. A favorite of teen-oriented fan magazines, Hudson ascended to stardom, his films gradually reaching the A-list category with such important releases as Magnificent Obsession (1954) and Battle Hymn (1957). Director George Stevens cast Hudson in one of his best roles, Bick Benedict, in the epic film Giant (1956), and critics finally decided that, since Hudson not only worked well with such dramatic league leaders as Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean -- but frequently outacted them in Giant -- he deserved better, less condescending reviews. Hudson's career took a giant leap forward in 1959 when he was cast in Pillow Talk, the first of several profitable co-starring gigs with Doris Day. Once again taken for granted by the mid-'60s, Hudson turned in another first-rate performance as a middle-aged man given a newer, younger body in the mordant fantasy film Seconds (1966). A longtime television holdout, Hudson finally entered the weekly video race in 1971 with the popular detective series McMillan and Wife, co-starring Susan Saint James, and appeared on the prime time soap opera Dynasty in the early '80s. Regarded by his co-workers as a good sport, hard worker, and all-around nice guy, Hudson endured a troubled private life; though the studio flacks liked to emphasize his womanizing, Hudson was, in reality, a homosexual. This had been hinted at for years by the Hollywood underground, but it was only in the early '80s that Hudson confirmed the rumors by announcing that he had contracted the deadly AIDS virus. Staunchly defended by friends, fans, and co-workers, Rock Hudson lived out the remainder of his life with dignity, withstanding the ravages of his illness, the intrusions of the tabloid press, and the less than tasteful snickerings of the judgmental and misinformed. It was a testament to his courage -- and a tragedy in light of his better film work -- that Hudson will be principally remembered as the first star of his magnitude to go public with details of his battle with AIDS. He died in 1985.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
88% Tab Hunter Confidential
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Avalanche
  • David Shelby
1999
No Score Yet The Vegas Strip Wars
  • Neil Chaine
1984
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
  • Himself
1984
No Score Yet The Ambassador
  • Frank Stevenson
1984
No Score Yet World War III
  • President Thomas McKenna
1982
No Score Yet Devlin Connection
  • Brian Devlin
1982
No Score Yet The Star Maker
  • Danny Youngblood
1981
69% The Mirror Crack'd
  • Jason Rudd
1980
No Score Yet Embryo
  • Dr. Paul Holliston
1976
No Score Yet James Dean: The First American Teenager
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Showdown
  • Chuck
1973
11% Pretty Maids All in a Row
  • Michael `Tiger' McDrew
1971
No Score Yet Hornets' Nest
  • Turner
1970
No Score Yet Darling Lili
  • Major William Larrabee
1970
17% The Undefeated
  • Col. James Langdon
1969
36% Ice Station Zebra
  • Cmdr. James Ferraday
1968
No Score Yet Tobruk
  • Major Craig
1967
90% Seconds
  • Antiochus "Tony" Wilson
1966
No Score Yet Blindfold
  • Dr. Bartholomew Snow
1965
No Score Yet A Very Special Favor
  • Paul Chadwick
1965
No Score Yet Strange Bedfellows
  • Carter Harrison
1965
57% Send Me No Flowers
  • George Kimball
1964
64% Man's Favorite Sport?
  • Roger Willoughby
1964
No Score Yet A Gathering of Eagles
  • Col. Jim Caldwell
1963
No Score Yet The Spiral Road
  • Dr. Anton Drager
1962
89% Lover Come Back
  • Jerry Webster/Doctor Linus Tyler
1961
80% Come September
  • Robert L. Talbot
1961
No Score Yet The Last Sunset
  • Dana Stribling
1961
92% Pillow Talk
  • Brad Allen - 'Rex Stetson'
1959
No Score Yet This Earth Is Mine
  • Actor
1959
100% The Tarnished Angels
  • Burke Devlin
1958
0% A Farewell To Arms
  • Lt. Frederick Henry
1957
No Score Yet Something of Value (Africa Ablaze)
  • Peter
1957
81% Written on the Wind
  • Mitch Wayne
1957
No Score Yet Battle Hymn
  • Col. Dean Hess
1957
95% Giant
  • Bick Benedict
1956
No Score Yet Never Say Goodbye
  • Dr. Michael Parker
1956
93% All That Heaven Allows
  • Ron Kirby
1955
No Score Yet Captain Lightfoot
  • Michael Martin
1955
No Score Yet Bengal Brigade (Bengal Rifles)
  • Capt. Jeffrey Claybourne
1954
90% Magnificent Obsession
  • Bob Merrick
1954
No Score Yet Taza, Son of Cochise
  • Taza
1954
No Score Yet Gun Fury
  • Ben Warren
1953
No Score Yet Sea Devils
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Seminole
  • Lance Caldwell
1953
No Score Yet The Lawless Breed
  • John Wesley Hardin
1953
No Score Yet The Golden Blade
  • Harun
1953
No Score Yet Horizons West
  • Neil Hammond
1952
No Score Yet Has Anybody Seen My Gal?
  • Dan
1952
100% Bend of the River
  • Trey Wilson
1952
No Score Yet Here Come the Nelsons
  • Charles E. 'Charlie' Jones
1952
No Score Yet Bright Victory
  • Cpl. John Flagg
1951
No Score Yet Tomahawk
  • Burt Hanna
1951
100% Winchester '73
  • Young Bull
1950
No Score Yet One Way Street
  • Truck Driver
1950
No Score Yet Shakedown
  • Doorman
1950
No Score Yet Fighter Squadron
  • Lieutenant
1948

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
  • Rock Hudson
  • 1955

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