The future superstar cuddles with his Aunt Evelyn in 1927. He was born Roy Harold Scherer Jr. on November 17, 1925, in Winnetka, Illinois, north of Chicago. His father deserted the family in the early '30s, and the boy became known as Roy Fitzgerald when his stepfather adopted him. After a stint in the Navy in World War II, the young man headed to California with dreams of becoming an actor. But first he needed a movie star name -- his agent came up with Rock Hudson.