In the new Netflix series Hollywood幸运飞艇分析软件自动, Rock Hudson, played by Jack Picking, is a chiseled small-town boy hoping to become an actor while also figuring out his sexuality. Hudson, however, did not just exist in Ryan Murphy's entertainment ecosystem. In real life, he was one of the biggest movie stars of the 1950s and '60s, and a television actor in the '70s and '80s. He was nominated for an Academy Award and starred in films with the likes of Doris Day, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Julie Andrews. In real life, he indeed did struggle deeply with his sexual identity, remaining closeted for his entire career and eventually tragically dying of AIDS in 1985.
No one can question that Hudson was an icon, and made his mark on Hollywood. Here, we take a look back at the real life movie star, in the best photos from throughout his career.
In this early Rock Hudson photo, the actor posed on the diving board at Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel.
In another early shot, Hudson posed for a photographer. Hudson got his first role in 1948, in the Warner Brothers film Fighter Squadron. Supposedly, it took the star 38 takes to correctly deliver his only line in the movie.
Here, Hudson posed for a photo holding a cigarette. The actor held small parts in three features that year, Peggy, Winchester '73, and The Desert Hawk.
This photograph was a promotional shot for Joseph Pevney's film, Iron Man. Hudson played boxer Tommy 'Speed' O'Keefe (a.k.a. Kosco) in the movie.
Hudson and actress Veronica Hurst met a young Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Film Performance in Leicester Square, London.
Hudson campaigned for mayor of Universal City, home of Universal-International film studios. The small town consisted of only 400 people, and had its own post office, fire department, and police force. Here, Hudson received kiss from his "campaign manager," Kathleen Hughes.
From top to bottom, Hudson, Tony Curtis, and Robert Wagner, all actors, posed on a ladder together.
On their wedding day, Hudson cut cake with his wife Phyllis Gates. Gates was Hudson's agent, Henry Willson's, assistant. It was later revealed that the pair married to hide Hudson's homosexuality, though they divorced after three years.
In a star lineup, Hudson posed with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The pair, of I Love Lucy fame, were some of the most notable comedy icons of the era.
This year, Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor teamed up for the film Giant. The movie led to Hudson's only Academy Award nomination. He lost to Yul Brynner and his performance in The King and I.
Hudson, Taylor, and actor Paul Fix relaxed in a car on the set of Giant.
Hudson smiled with famous actress Doris Day, with whom he starred in the movie Pillow Talk. The film was a huge hit and Hudson was voted the most popular movie star in the U.S. that year.
幸运飞艇分析软件自动Hudson was photographed relaxing on his couch.
幸运飞艇分析软件自动Hudson and Doris Day laughed and drank together. The pair remained friends for the duration of Hudson's life.
At the Playboy Club in New York, Hudson autographed a Playboy bunny's cuff. The star was at the club for a Motion Picture Pioneers Association dinner.
幸运飞艇分析软件自动At an event, Hudson danced with famed actress Sophia Loren on a crowded dance floor.
On the show Carol and Company, Hudson danced with Carol Burnett.
Chatting on his car phone, Hudson was captured with his dog in his convertible, just outside his Hollywood villa.
On the MGM lot, Hudson sat surrounded by his female costars from the film, Pretty Maids All in a Row.
Hudson posed with actress Susan Saint James in a publicity shot for their television show, McMillan and Wife. The show was Hudson's most successful television series, running from 1971 to 1977.
Hudson hugged rockstar Dusty Springfield while backstage at Springfield's New York concert.
A power trio in all their '80s glory, Hudson posed with Liza Minnelli and Elizabeth Taylor at the 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Hudson was photographed at his Beverly Hills home at the end of his life. The actor tragically died of AIDS that year.