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Blessed with chiseled good looks and a muscular 6-foot-4-inch frame, Rock Hudson was born Roy Scherer Jr. Nov. 17, 1925, in Winnetka, Ill. He made his big-screen debut with a bit part in The Fighter Squadron (1948).

Hudson continued in small roles and supporting turns until lassoing the lead in the 1952 Western Scarlet Angel. Two years later, Hudson was cast in the film that made him a star: the 1954 remake of Magnificent Obsession. He scored an Oscar nod for his performance in Giant (1956), and in 1959 he teamed with Doris Day for Pillow Talk, one of several bedroom comedies that became his career hallmark.

Hudson transitioned to television in 1971 with "McMillan and Wife," part of a rotating anthology series. After contracting AIDS, Hudson was the first mainstream celebrity to go public with such information; he died from complications of the disease Oct. 2, 1985.

Rock Hudson in Giant


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In Oscar-winning director George Stevens's sprawling epic, Texas cattleman Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson) journeys to Virginia in the early 1920s, falls in love with aristocratic, independent-minded Leslie Lynnton (Elizabeth Taylor) and takes her back to his ranch -- setting the stage for an intergenerational saga that spans decades. James Dean (in his last film appearance) co-stars as sulking, nouveau riche Jett Rink -- the root of Bick's worries.

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  • Rock Hudson in Lover Come Back Lover Come Back
  • Rock Hudson in Send Me No Flowers Send Me No Flowers
  • Rock Hudson in Seconds Seconds
  • Rock Hudson in Winchester '73 Winchester '73
  • Rock Hudson in Written on the Wind Written on the Wind
  • Rock Hudson in Bend of the River Bend of the River
  • Rock Hudson in A Farewell to Arms A Farewell to Arms
  • Rock Hudson in Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd
  • Rock Hudson in Come September Come September
  • Rock Hudson in The Undefeated The Undefeated
  • Rock Hudson in Man's Favorite Sport? Man's Favorite Sport?
  • Rock Hudson in Gun Fury Gun Fury
  • Rock Hudson in The Golden Blade / The Last Sunset The Golden Blade / The Last Sunset
  • Rock Hudson in Ice Station Zebra Ice Station Zebra
  • Rock Hudson in McMillan & Wife McMillan & Wife
  • Rock Hudson in Kansas Raiders / The Lawless Breed Kansas Raiders / The Lawless Breed
  • Rock Hudson in Anybody Seen My Gal?/Very Special Favor Anybody Seen My Gal?/Very Special Favor
  • Rock Hudson in Magnificent Obsession Magnificent Obsession
  • Rock Hudson in Something of Value Something of Value
  • Rock Hudson in The Spiral Road The Spiral Road
  • Rock Hudson in Strange Bedfellows Strange Bedfellows
  • Rock Hudson in The Doris Day Special The Doris Day Special
  • Rock Hudson in James Dean: The First American Teenager James Dean: The First American Teenager
  • Rock Hudson in Hollywood Screen Tests Hollywood Screen Tests