Knowledge Identifier: +Rock_Hudson
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1925.
Countries: United States (65%), (9%), California (8%)
Linked to: The New York Times, University of Southern California, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Navy
A fortunate meeting with Hollywood talent scout Henry Willson in 1948 got Hudson his start in the business
In the 1950s Hudson made nine films with acclaimed director and father-figure Douglas Sirk, Sirk's own favorite being "The Tarnished Angels"
Success and recognition came in 1954 with "Magnificent Obsession" in which Hudson plays a bad boy who is redeemed opposite the popular star Jane Wyman
Rory Calhoun - In 1955, Willson disclosed information about Calhoun's years in prison to "Confidential" magazine in exchange for the tabloid not printing an exposé about the secret homosexual life of Rock Hudson, another Willson client
Mae West - In 1958, West appeared at the Academy *awards and performed the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Rock Hudson
Joseph O. Shelby - The memory of Shelby and his men as "The Undefeated" is used as a distant basis for the 1969 John Wayne- Rock Hudson film by the same name
John Schuck - He is best known for his roles as police commissioner Rock Hudson's mildly slow-witted assistant, Sgt. Charles Enright in the 1970s crime drama "McMillan & Wife", and as Lee Meriwether's husband, Herman Munster in the 1980s sitcom, "The Munsters Today"
Leonard B. Stern - In the 1970s, he produced and directed the TV series "McMillan and Wife", which starred Rock Hudson
Nancy Walker - From 1971-76, she was a regular on the successful Rock Hudson detective series "McMillan & Wife," playing the McMillans' housekeeper, Mildred
Angie Dickinson - In 1971, she played a lascivious high school teacher in the dark comedy "Pretty Maids All in a Row" with Rock Hudson
Ray Bradbury - "The Martian Chronicles" became a three-part TV miniseries starring Rock Hudson which was first broadcast by NBC in 1980
Kristian Alfonso - She was first seen on TV, playing opposite Rock Hudson in the TV movie "The Starmaker" in 1981
Michael S. Gottlieb - Gottlieb was Rock Hudson's doctor following the actor's AIDS diagnosis until his death in 1985
George Nader - He inherited the interest from Rock Hudson's estate after Hudson's death from AIDS complications in 1985
Burt Lancaster - In 1985, Lancaster, a longtime supporter of gay rights, joined the fight against AIDS after his close friend, Rock Hudson, contracted the disease.
Army Archerd - One of his most significant scoops was in his July 23, 1985, column, when he printed that Rock Hudson, despite denials from the actor's publicists and managers, was undergoing treatment for AIDS
Aids - One of the first high-profile cases of AIDS was the American Rock Hudson, a gay actor who had been married and divorced earlier in life, who died on 2 October 1985 having announced that he was suffering from the virus on 25 July that year
Thomas Ian Griffith - He starred as Rock Hudson in a 1990 TV movie about Hudson's life for which he received critical acclaim
Tony Randall - Elements from the plots of these films, particularly "Pillow Talk", were parodied in the 2003 comedy "Down With Love", with Renée Zellweger in the Doris Day role, Ewan McGregor in the Rock Hudson role, and David Hyde Pierce as the Tony Randall character, with Randall himself playing McGregor's Boss
Barrett Foa - In May 2008, he played Jordy in a workshop of "Giant", a new musical with music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and book by Sybille Pearson, based on the Edna Ferber novel and the movie with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth_Taylor and James Dean
Christian, who died in 2009 at age 56, never had HIV or AIDS.
In 2010, with the gag orders finally lifted from the 1985 lawsuit trial of Marc Christian versus the estate of Hudson, Robert Park Mills, the attorney who represented the Hudson estate against Christian in court, released a new 492 page book entitled "Between Rock and a Hard Place-In Defense of Rock Hudson"