Army Archerd Obituary


Army Archerd dies at 87; Variety columnist watched over Hollywood for half a century.


Army Archerd

(Courtesy Variety)
Army Archerd, with pencil handy, at his typewriter in 1953.


Reporter known for being a trusted figure who stood apart from the industry broke the story of Rock Hudson’s battle with AIDS.


By Robin Abcarian
Los Angeles Times
September 9, 2009


Army Archerd, a prolific reporter who chronicled the personal and professional lives of Hollywood stars and moguls for more than half a century from his columnist’s perch at Daily Variety, and rocked the entertainment world when he announced in 1985 that actor Rock Hudson was suffering from AIDS, has died. He was 87.


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