Rock Hudson Biography
Rock Hudson was the sexiest male icon in the movie industry. The world was shocked when they learned that he was dying of AIDS. Learn more about his life.
Roy Harold Scherer, Jr., was born on November 25, 1925, in Winnetka, Illinois. When young, Roy was eight years of age, his father left him and his mother. Although he tried out for school plays, he wasn’t given the parts, as he couldn’t memorize his lines. Upon graduating high school, he went to work as a postal employee until World War II, when he enlisted in the United States Navy as an airplane mechanic. Once the war was over, Roy went to work as a truck driver. He once again tried his hand at acting in the movies and this time he was a success. He signed a contract with Universal Studios. Universal changed his name to Rock Hudson, surgically lowered his voice, capped his teeth, and sent him for lessons in acting and singing. On his own, Rock had fencing and horseback riding lessons.
His first film was 1948's "Fighter Squadron" where he had a one line part. His big physique made him a box office draw for twenty years. Women flocked to see him not knowing that he was homosexual. This remained a secret for over thirty years and he even tried to overcome his feelings by marrying his agent’s secretary in 1955. They remained married for only three years. Rock threw himself into the Hollywood social community and seemed very outgoing when in actuality he was a shy, quiet person.
Rock appeared in movies, television series and even worked in the theatre. His fans were loyal and because of this, his acting career was a success.
He had a very successful television series "McMillian and Wife" which also starred actress Susan St. James. After the show went off the air, Rock had a recurring role in the television series "Dynasty."
In 1984, Rock Hudson publicly announced that he was dying of AIDS. He was the first public figure to make such an announcement. The world was shocked to find out that their favorite masculine Hollywood icon was a homosexual. It was this announcement that started a worldwide search for this disease.
In 1995, Rock Hudson was chosen by Empire Magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in the movie industry.
Rock Hudson made over thirty movies, was in two television shows and in three television mini-series.