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Rock Hudson

Knowledge Identifier: +Rock_Hudson

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Rock Hudson

American film and television actor add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1925.

Countries: United States (65%), (9%), California (8%)

Main connections: Doris Day, HIV, Pillow Talk (film)

Linked to: The New York Times, University of Southern California, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Navy

 

Timeline


 

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Rock Hudson was born in 1925 add something


1946

In 1946, Hudson moved to the Los Angeles area to pursue an acting career and applied to the University of Southern California's dramatics program, but he was rejected owing to poor grades add something


1948

A fortunate meeting with Hollywood talent scout Henry Willson in 1948 got Hudson his start in the business add something


1950

In the 1950s Hudson made nine films with acclaimed director and father-figure Douglas Sirk, Sirk's own favorite being "The Tarnished Angels" add something

 

Though widely known as a leading man in the 1950s & 60s , Hudson is recognized for dramatic roles in films such as "Giant" and "Magnificent Obsession" add something

 

Michael Gordon (film director) - After his blacklisting, he was forced to stop directing films temporarily, but was called back to Hollywood at the end of the 1950s by producer Ross Hunter, who wanted him to direct "Pillow Talk", a vehicle for Doris Day and Rock Hudson


1954

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 add something


1955

In 1955, "Confidential" magazine threatened to publish an exposé about Hudson's secret homosexual life add something

 

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

 

All That Heaven Allows - "'All That Heaven Allows"' is a 1955 romance feature film starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson in a tale about a well-to-do widow and a younger landscape designer falling in love


1956

Hector P. Garcia - The book was later turned into a 1956 film starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and Dennis Hopper

 

James Dean - "Giant", which was posthumously released in 1956, saw Dean play a supporting role to Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson

 

Written on the Wind - "'Written on the Wind"' is a 1956 American drama film directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Rock Hudson, Lauren_Bacall, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone


1957

Along with Cary Grant, Hudson was regarded as one of the best-dressed male stars in Hollywood, and received "Top 10 Stars of the Year" a record eight times from 1957 to 1964 add something


1958

Gates filed for divorce after three years in April 1958, charging mental cruelty add something

 

Mae West - In 1958, West appeared at the Academy *awards and performed the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Rock Hudson


1959

Doris Day - In 1959, Day entered her most successful phase as a film actress with a series of romantic comedies, starting with Pillow Talk, co-starring Rock Hudson, who became a lifelong friend.


1960

Hudson sailed through the 1960s on a wave of romantic comedies add something

 

Hudson's popularity on the big screen diminished after the 1960s add something

 

Torben Meyer - The following year, he had the role of Hugo in "The Earth is Mine" starring Rock Hudson and Claude Rains, and in 1960 he appeared in the Elvis Presley movie "G.I. Blues"


1961

The Last Sunset (film) - "'The Last Sunset"' is a 1961 western movie starring Rock Hudson, Kirk_Douglas, and Dorothy Malone, and was directed by Robert Aldrich


1962

Jim Barnett (wrestling) - The book, "The Thin Thirty", by Shannon Ragland, chronicles actor Rock Hudson's involvement in a 1962 sex scandal at the University of Kentucky involving the football team


1964

Howard Hawks - In 1964 Hawks made his final comedy, Man's Favorite Sport?, which starred Rock_Hudson (since Cary Grant felt he was too old for the role) and Paula Prentiss.


1965

Gina Lollobrigida - She co-starred with Rock Hudson again in 1965's "Strange Bedfellows" and appeared alongside Alec Guinness in 1966's "Hotel Paradiso"


1967

Arthur Hiller - In a move away from comedy, in 1967 he directed the desert warfare drama, "Tobruk", starring Rock Hudson and George Peppard, about a North African Campaign during World War II


1968

Ice Station Zebra - "'Ice Station Zebra"' is a 1968 Cold War era suspense and espionage film directed by John Sturges, starring Rock Hudson, Patrick_McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown


1969

Jan-Michael Vincent - He performed in several movies in that period, such as the 1969 Twentieth Century Fox movie "The Undefeated" starring John Wayne, Rock Hudson and Mexican actor Antonio Aguilar

 

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


1970

An urban legend states that Hudson married Jim Nabors in the 1970s add something

 

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


1971

His most successful TV series was "McMillan & Wife" opposite Susan Saint James which ran from 1971 to 1977 add something

 

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


1974

Carol Burnett - Burnett made occasional returns to the stage: in 1974, she appeared at The Muny Theater in St. Louis, Missouri, in I Do/ I Do/ with Rock Hudson and eleven years later, she took the supporting role of Carlotta Campion in the 1985 concert performance of Stephen Sondheim's Follies.


1980

In the early 1980s, following years of heavy drinking and smoking, Hudson began having health problems which resulted in a heart attack in November 1981 add something

 

Ray Bradbury - "The Martian Chronicles" became a three-part TV miniseries starring Rock Hudson which was first broadcast by NBC in 1980


1981

In the book "Rock Hudson, Friend of Mine" by his live-in Hollywood publicist Tom Clark, Clark said he would go to his grave believing Hudson acquired HIV from blood transfusions during his emergency quintuple bypass open heart surgery in 1981 add something

 

In another press release a month later, Hudson speculated he might have contracted HIV through transfused blood from an infected donor during the multiple blood transfusions he received during his heart bypass procedure in November 1981 add something

 

Kristian Alfonso - She was first seen on TV, playing opposite Rock Hudson in the TV movie "The Starmaker" in 1981


1982

Emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery sidelined Hudson and his new TV show "The Devlin Connection" for a year; the show was canceled in December 1982 not long after it first aired add something


1983

Christian was living in the guest house after Clark, who had left in 1983, had returned to Hudson's home in 1985 to take care of him at assistant Mark Miller's request add something

 

He was in ill health while filming the action-drama film "The Ambassador" in Israel during the winter months of 1983-84 with Robert Mitchum add something


1984

During 1984, while filming the TV drama "The Vegas Strip Wars", Hudson's health grew worse, prompting different rumors that he was suffering from liver cancer, among other ailments, because of his increasingly gaunt face and build add something

 

During most of 1984 and 1985, Hudson kept his illness a secret while continuing to work and at the same time travel to France and other countries seeking a cure, or at least treatment to slow the progress of the disease add something

 

Earlier, Hudson had been diagnosed with HIV on June 5, 1984, but when the signs of illness became apparent a few months later, his publicity staff and doctors told the public he had inoperable liver cancer add something

 

From December 1984 to April 1985, Hudson landed a recurring role on the ABC prime time soap opera "Dynasty" as Daniel Reece, the love interest for Krystle Carrington and biological father of the character Sammy Jo Carrington add something


1985

Hudson died in 1985, being the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness add something


Rock Hudson died in 1985 add something

 

Christian tested negative for HIV but claimed Hudson continued having sex with him until February 1985, more than eight months after Hudson knew he had HIV. Hudson biographer Sara Davidson later stated that, by the time she had met Hudson, Christian was living in the guest house, and Tom Clark, who had allegedly been Hudson's partner for many years before, was living in the house add something

 

At the same time, privately, Reagan called Hudson in his Paris hospital room where he was being treated in July 1985, and Nancy Reagan telephoned French President François Mitterrand to ensure that Hudson would receive the best possible care add something

 

In July 1985, Hudson joined his old friend Doris Day for the launch of her new TV cable show, " Doris Day's Best Friends" where he videotaped a live guest appearance at her southern California ranch add something

 

It was not until July 25, 1985, while in Paris for treatment and just over one week following his appearance on Doris Day's TV cable show, that Hudson issued a press release announcing that he was dying of AIDS add something

 

Nevertheless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had warned against exchanging saliva with members of groups perceived to be at high risk for AIDS. According to comments given in August 1985 by Ed Asner, president of the Screen Actors Guild, Hudson's revelation caused incipient "panic" within the film and television industry add something

 

In its August 15, 1985 issue, "People" published a story that discussed his disease in the context of his sexuality add something

 

Reagan's first public mention of the disease came in response to questions at a September 15, 1985 press conference, nearly two months after Hudson's announcement add something

 

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


1990

Thomas Ian Griffith - He starred as Rock Hudson in a 1990 TV movie about Hudson's life for which he received critical acclaim


2003

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


2006

After her death from lung cancer in January 2006, some informants reportedly stated that she was actually a lesbian who married Hudson for his money, knowing from the beginning of their relationship that he was gay add something


2008

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


2009

Christian, who died in 2009 at age 56, never had HIV or AIDS. add something


2010

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" add something


2015

Lee Garlington, a former actor, claimed in 2015 to have been in a relationship with Hudson add something