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Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson
An image from the trailer for Giant (1956)
Personal information
Birth nameRoy Harold Scherer, Jr.
Birth dateNovember 17, 1925
Place of birthWinnetka, Illinois, U.S.
Date of deathOctober 2, 1985(age 59)
Death placeBeverly Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of deathAIDS
Years active1948 1985
SpousePhyllis Gates
(m. 1955 1958, divorced)

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Roy Harold Scherer, Jr., later Roy Harold Fitzgerald (November 17, 1925 - October 2, 1985), known professionally as Rock Hudson, was an American film and television actor, recognized as a romantic leading man during the 1950s and 1960s, most notably in several romantic comedies with Doris Day.

Hudson was voted "Star of the Year", "Favorite Leading Man", and similar titles by numerous movie magazines. The 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) tall actor was one of the most popular and well-known movie stars of the time. He completed nearly 70 motion pictures and starred in several television productions during a career that spanned over four decades.

Hudson died in 1985, being one of the first major Hollywood celebrities to die from an AIDS-related illness.

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