9 Stars Who Turned Down Memorable Roles


Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson, a favorite leading man of the 1950s and 1960s, starred in films such as Come September (1961), Send Me No Flowers (1964), and Pillow Talk (1959), the first of several films with Doris Day. He signed on to play the lead in Ben Hur (1959), but when contract negotiations broke down, the part went to Charlton Heston, a move that would prove to be Hudson's only career regret.