Biography of Rock Hudson (1925-1985)

American actor born on November 17, 1925 in Winnetka (Illinois) and died on October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles (California, United States). His real name was Roy Harold Scherer, Jr.

The first period of his life was characterized by a pointed melodramatismo, prelude to the tragedy that marked the last stage of its existence. He grew up in the bosom of a dysfunctional family; at the age of eight, suffered a severe trauma when his father left the family home, which launched you serious learning disorders. At school, it was unable to memorize the lessons, which was away from the educational system. Finally, already in his youth, he got a job at the postal service, which could face the future with greater optimism.

When it broke out world war he enlisted in the air force, for which he worked as a mechanic. The familiar that way with the automotive world, he found a new way of earning a livelihood. In the post-war period, such knowledge enabled him to obtain a salary as a truck driver; However, the young Hudson felt very attracted to the world of cinema, and tried repeatedly to this industry approach. In the end, his privileged physical appearance opened the doors of Hollywood.

His biographers agree to highlight the way that executives of the company Universal changed the exterior image of the young aspirant. First, provided you the artistic name that introduced him to, a combination of Rock (curiously by "rock of Gibraltar", that is, the Gibraltar rock) and Hudson, as the namesake River. Following the indication of their new promoters, a team of surgeons get rid of teeth and vocal cords of the future actor. It also received intensive classes of audiologists, speech, interpretation, fencing and horse riding. The aim was to turn it into a young romantic who any young spectator could fall in.

After a very short role in Fighter Squadron (1948), Raoul Walsh, Hudson took part in many productions of adventures. After playing an Indian sioux at Winchester 73 (1950), Anthony Mannwestern, he gave life to one of the characters of the Falcon of the desert (1950), Frederick de Cordova. However, his promising career forced him to pretend an image abroad that hardly matched their genuine feelings. First, studies wanted to depict him as a hunk with a great attraction, and this prevented him from express his homosexuality. In fact, in 1955 became announce their marriage with the Secretariat of your agent. This link, purely simulated, lasted three years.

Unaware of these intimate details, the public cheered Hudson productions as the captain Panama (1952), of Sidney Salkow; The sword of Damascus (1953), from Nathan Juran; Race of violence (1954), Douglas Sirk; and Rifles of Bengal (1954), Laslo Benedek. Whereas a good interpreter of melodramas, Sirk provided substantial roles in only heaven knows it (1955) and written on the wind (1956), of great impact. Following its success in giant (1956), George Stevens, largely strengthened its position in Hollywood. The excellent reception of comedies as pajamas for two (1961), by Delbert Mann, decisively helped his career, although this was slipping toward the routine, despite the good result which gave this film couple who trained with Doris Day.

In 1971, he managed a large television coverage thanks to the series the Commissioner McMillan and his wife, one of the most popular productions of the time. In 1976 his character widow in fiction, and this teledrama went on to headline the Commissioner McMillan. Despite participating in such ambitious projects as the Martian Chronicles (1980), series inspired by the famous book of Ray Bradbury, the television career of Hudson fell in identical degree than his film career. Appealing to their status as veteran Heartthrob, he took part in dynasty (1981) with uneven results.

In 1984 he moved his followers announcing that he suffered from AIDS terminally. That ad, implicitly revealed that homosexuality which had been forced to hide for so long. Despite the drama of his statement, linked to an inevitable death, the truth is that he served to mobilize the people of Hollywood in support of the many patients who suffered from the same evil. Although he was subjected to severe chemotherapy treatments, Rock Hudson died a year after making public his condition.


1948: Fighter Squadron. 1949: Undertow. 1950: The Hawk of the wilderness; I Was a Shoplifter; Walls of silence; Peggy; Shakedown; Winchester ' 73; Double Croesbone. 1951: Air Cadet; New dawn; The Fat Man; Iron Man; The red skin. 1952: Distant horizons; Has Anybody Seen My Gal?; Here Come the Nelsons; Horizons of the West; The Panama captain. 1953: Back to life; Beneath the 12-Mile Reef; The sword of Damascus; Fever of revenge; History of a convicted person; The hawks of the Strait; Betrayal at Fort King. 1954: Bengal rifles; Obsession; Breed of violence. 1955: Only heaven knows what; Pride of race; His only wish. 1956: Giant; Today as yesterday; Written on the wind. 1957: Battle Hymn; A farewell to arms; The James Dean Story; Blood on the land; Four Girls in Town. 1958: Tarnished Angels; The twilight of the bold. 1959: Confidences at midnight; This land is mine. 1961: When it comes to September; The last sunset; Pajamas for two. 1962: The way of the jungle. 1963: a Gathering of Eagles. 1964: Your favorite game; Send me no flowers. 1965: Secret mission; Room for two; The favor. 1966: Diabolical plan. 1967: Tobruk. 1968: Pretty, hot and dangerous; Polar station zebra; The Man Who Makes the Difference. 1969: The indestructible. 1970: Darling Lili; Nest of wasps. 1971: Dear Professor. 1973: Friends to death. 1976: Embryo, the infernal creature. 1978: Avalanche. 1980: Broken mirror. 1984: Ambassador in the Middle East.

Works for television

1955: I love Lucy (episode "In Palm Springs"). 1962: The Jack Benny Program (episode "Rock Hudson Show"). 1964: The Beverly Hillbillies (episode "Jed Becomes A Movie Mogul"). 1968: Rowan: Martin completo Laugh-In. 1969: Hollywood: The Selznick Years. 1971: Commissioner McMillan and his wife; Once Upon a Dead Man; Parkinson. 1975: The Carol Burnett Show (appears in one episode); Elizabeth Taylor: Hollywood completo Child. 1976: Commissioner McMillan. 1977: The Carol Burnett Show (appears in two episodes). 1978: Wheels. 1980: The Beatrice Arthur Special; Circus of the Stars; Crónicas Marcianas; Superstunt II. 1981: Dynasty; Sixty Years of Seduction; The Star Maker. 1982: connection Devlin; World War III. 1984: The Vegas Strip War. 1985: Doris Day's Best Friends.


DAVISON, S. Rock Hudson: his life. Barcelona, Planeta, 1987.