- Served in the Navy during World War II and, post-war, worked as a postman and truck driver while waiting to be discovered by Hollywood.
- His first film, Fighter Squadron (1948), was with Warner Bros., but he eventually became a contract player for Universal.
- Started his film career as a teen idol but finally was recognized for his acting talent with the 1956 release of Giant, in which he co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean.
- Was paired for the first time with Doris Day in Pillow Talk (1959), the first of a number of box-office hits for the co-stars.
- Motion picture exhibitors voted him one of Hollywood's 10 most popular stars for eight consecutive years.
- Television work included the 1970s detective series McMillan and Wife and the prime time soap opera Dynasty in the early 1980s.
- Died of complications of AIDS in 1985, after becoming the first major celebrity to publicly acknowledge contracting HIV, a revelation that also disclosed his homosexuality.
- 1966, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
- 1963, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
- 1960, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
- 1956, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1959, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
- 1961, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
- Tom Clark — Ex-significant Other
- Alice Scherer — Half Sister
- Phyllis Gates — Ex-wife
- Jack Coates — Ex-significant Other
- Roy Scherer Sr. — Father
- Katherine Wood — Mother
- Wallace Fitzgerald — Stepfather
- Marc Christian — Ex-significant Other
- Birth Name: Roy Harold Scherer Jr.
- Birth Place: Winnetka, IL
- Birthday: November 17, 1925, Scorpio
- Died: October 2, 1985
- Profession: Actor
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