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Rock Hudson Biography

Birth Name:
Roy Harold Scherer Jr.
Birth Place:
Winnetka, Illinois, United States

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


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