Rock Hudson was an American actor who gained recognition for lead roles in films such as 'Magnificent Obsession' (1954), 'All That Heaven Allows' (1955) and 'Giant' (1956), the last of which earned him an 'Academy Award' nomination for 'Best Actor'. He later starred in many successful romantic comedies such as 'Pillow Talk' (1959), 'Lover Come Back' (1961) and 'Send Me No Flowers' (1964) – all opposite Doris Day.
In 1965, his movies 'Strange Bedfellows' (1965) and 'A Very Special Favor' (1965) proved to be commercial failures. His 1966 science-fiction thriller 'Seconds' initially failed at the box-office, but now is regarded as one of his best roles. His later filmography included movies like 'Showdown' (1973), 'Embryo' (1976), 'Avalanche' (1978), 'The Mirror Crack'd' (1980) and 'The Ambassador' (1984).
As his film career declined, he shifted focus towards television and portrayed the lead role of Police Commissioner Stewart 'Mac' McMillan in the NBC series 'McMillan & Wife' (1971-77). He also appeared on the series 'The Devlin Connection' (1982), the two miniseries 'Wheels' (1978) and 'The Martian Chronicles' (1980), and the made-for-television films 'World War III' (1982) and 'The Vegas Strip War' (1984). His final role was in the soap opera 'Dynasty' (1984-85).