: I can't play a loser - I don't look like one.
Rock Hudson was born in Illinois. He was of German, Swiss-German, English, and Irish descent.
After high school he was a postal employee and during WW II served as a Navy airplane mechanic. After the war he worked as a truck driver, but he spent his spare time idling outside of studio gates and sending photographs of himself to various producers.
His size and good looks got him into movies. His teeth were capped, he took lessons in acting, singing, fencing and riding. In 1956 he received an Oscar nomination for Giant and two years later Look magazine named him Star of the Year.
He starred in a number of bedroom comedies, many with Doris Day, and had his own popular TV series McMillan & Wife.
He was the first major public figure to announce he had AIDS, and his worldwide search for a cure drew international attention. After his death his long-time lover Marc Christian successfully sued his estate, again calling attention to the homosexuality Rock had hidden from most throughout his career.
Numerous film magazines declared Hudson Star of the Year, Favorite Leading Man, and similar titles. He appeared in nearly 70 films and starred in several television productions during a career that spanned more than four decades.