Roles turned down by Rock Hudson:
Hudson was set to play Judah Ben Hur, but contract negotiations broke down, and Hudson had to refuse. Charlton Heston stepped into the lead role as a result. Hudson later said it was his only career regret.
Actor who got the part: Charlton Heston
Turned down playing opposite Marilyn Monroe in this George Cukor-directed musical romance.
Actor who got the part: Yves Montand
Hudson was suggested for the part Robert Preston eventually played; Lucille Ball wasn't keen on the idea.
Actor who got the part: Robert Preston
Hudson met with director Alfred Hitchcock for the role of the Philadelphia book publisher and widower who knowingly marries a beautiful thief.
Actor who got the part: Sean Connery
Rock Hudson declined the role of presidential candidate U.S. Senator Charles Palantine.
Actor who got the part: Leonard Harris
Hudson was Universal's first choice to play the politically progressive Southern lawyer, widower and father "Atticus Finch."
Actor who got the part: Gregory Peck
Did you know that Rock Hudson was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)