Rock Hudson dominated the silver screen in the Golden Age of Hollywood—but the heartthrob spent his entire life covering up a huge secret. Even worse, his utterly tragic end revealed it to the world. From his public passions to his hidden life, here are 50 uncovered facts about Rock Hudson, Hollywood’s tragic matinee idol.
Rock Hudson Facts
1. His Real Name Was Much Different
Like so many other Old Hollywood stars, Rock Hudson’s uber hunky name wasn’t actually his real one. He was born the much more humble Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. on November 17, 1925. His parents, Katherine and Roy Harold senior, were of hardy working-class stock, but as we’ll see, little Rock’s childhood was anything but idyllic.
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