Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 1960, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1966, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1963, 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

Relationships

  • Roy Scherer Sr. — Father
  • Katherine Wood — Mother
  • Wallace Fitzgerald — Stepfather
  • Marc Christian — Ex-significant Other
  • Phyllis Gates — Ex-wife
  • Tom Clark — Ex-significant Other
  • Alice Scherer — Half Sister
  • Jack Coates — Ex-significant Other

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Details

  • 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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