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Rock Hudson (born Roy Harold Scherer Jr.; November 17, 1925 October 2, 1985) was an American actor.

He was a prominent leading man in The Golden Age of Hollywood, achieving stardom during The '50s and The '60s in films such as Magnificent Obsession (1954), All That Heaven Allows (1955), Giant (1956) note  and a string of romantic comedies co-starring Doris Day in Pillow Talk (1959), Lover Come Back (1961) and Send Me No Flowers (1964). After appearing in action films including Tobruk (1967) and Ice Station Zebra (1968) during the late 1960s, he would later began a second career in television through The '70s and The '80s, starring in the popular mystery series McMillan & Wife. With his striking good looks, tall, sculpted frame and deep, resonant voice along with his effortless charisma, he quickly became one of the most popular leading men of his era.

Discreet about his private life throughout his career, Hudson was gay, which was well known in Hollywood by several colleagues. He died from AIDS-related complications in 1985, becoming the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness and making the disease rise to international conversation.


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