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Rock Hudson

  • Original Name Roy Harold Scherer
  • Birth 17 Nov 1925 Winnetka, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 2 Oct 1985 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Cathedral City, Riverside County, California, USA
  • Plot Tower of Memories
  • Memorial ID 519

Actor. Born Roy Harold Scherer Jr., his father abandoned his family during the depths of the Great Depression in the early 1930s. His mother remarried and his stepfather adopted him. Following a stint in the United States Navy during World War II, he moved to California to get into the motion picture business. For a couple of years, he drove a truck, among other odd jobs to support himself. In 1948 he met Henry Willson, a powerful Hollywood agent. Impressed by his stature and good looks, Willson renamed him Rock Hudson and sent him to acting school. His first movie, "Fighter Squadron" marked the beginning of a career that lasted more than 30 years. In 1955 Hudson married Phyllis Gates, the secretary of his agent; the union lasted three years. Hudson made many films in the 1950s, but he became one of the top box office stars of the early 1960s, frequently appearing in films with Doris Day. His death at 59 of complications from AIDS astounded many of his fans. He was the first major public figure to acknowledge openly that he was suffering from the disease.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 519
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rock Hudson (17 Nov 1925–2 Oct 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 519, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cathedral City), Cathedral City, Riverside County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .