Not so long ago, the very word gay incited violence and discrimination, mockery at the very least. Society considered homosexuality to be taboo, gay men were to be ridiculed and discriminated no matter where they stood. However, with the collective consciousness arising, long fights for gay rights and the also increasing acceptance towards sexual orientation, people have begun to accept this as part of modern society, thus inspiring gay people to pursue their dreams in complete acceptance of their situation. Some of these gay men are renowned actors from your favorite movies and TV shows.
Here`s a list, with no particular order, of the Top 10 Popular Gay Actors. Hope you enjoy!
10. Jim Parsons
Widely known for his performance as Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons is one of the most popular geeky gay actors out there. Born in Houston, Texas, March 24th in 1973, Parsons started by acting in low budget shows in Broadway and some commercial ads, here`s just an example, also showing for 15 pilot episodes for TV shows that never aired. After some time performing, he got a small part in TV showEd, and in the comedy-drama Garden State (2004).
In 2006, he almost enrolls for a TV show that never aired named Family Therapy, by Modern Family’s producer, Christopher Lloyd. We are all surely glad he never did, otherwise, we wouldn’t know the great character Sheldon Cooper as we do now, and that would propel him towards being nominated seven times for the Emmy Awards, and four times winner.
In his Inside The Actors Studio interview he freshly comes out by stating he wasn’t exactly living a closeted life and wasn’t pained by it either. Watch it here.
9. Luke Evans
Born in Pontypool, Wales, April 15th in 1979, Luke Evans is a welsh film and theater actor that is best known for his starring roles in Clash of Titans (2010), as the God Apollo, Bard in Peter Jackson’s three adaptations of Tolkien’s The Hobbit movies and the vampire lord Dracula in Dracula: Untold (2014).
Evans is not exactly a recent bloomer; he actually came out very early in his career in an interview published by The Advocate magazine in 2002.
On that interview, Evans clearly stated:
“Everybody knew me as a gay man, and in my life in London I never tried to hide it.”
Later in his career he would stay cautious about his orientation in front of publishers to protect his plans for a Hollywood career, as he would also refuse to comment on his past statements to ensure his ascendance in Hollywood.
Although some may protest about having to hide your orientation in order to progress in Hollywood, that is now a thing of the past for Luke, since in an interview for Women’s Wear Daily Interviewer in 2014 he openly acknowledged himself and now enjoys a successful and happy career.
8. John Barrowman
This fine individual was born in Glasgow, Scotland, 1967. Actor, singer, dancer, TV host, media icon and British writer, John Barrowman moved with his family to the U.S, where he grew up. Encouraged by his high school teachers, Barrowman studied Performing Arts at The United States International University in San Diego.
He discovers his theatrical passion at a very early age when a high school teacher enrolled him for a gifted program, directing the course of his life to become a one man army in the media world.
His appearances in Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow and The fix, as well as his charity support, earned him a place as a Member of the Order of The British Empire in 2014.
John never hid his sexual orientation; he met his husband, Scott Hill, during the production of Rope in 1993. They got officially married in the state of California on July the 2nd of 2013.
This awesome supporter of the LGBT movement even admitted to have taught his sister and niece to wear high heels.
7. George Takei
Another outstanding figure, born in Los Angeles, California, in1937, actor, writer, director and activist George Takei is a very popular gay actor you can never get disappointed of. He boosted his acting career for his role as Sulu, the famous helmsman at the Enterprise spaceship in Star Trek. He also appeared as the mysterious Kaito Nakamura in Heroes.
Takei is widely known for his extensive activism supporting LGBT rights and immigrant rights.
He is indeed a very valuable asset to acting world and LGBT community and is still kicking it with millions of followers on Facebook and Twitter. You can get a quick glance on his latest tweets about Trump’s speech to the congress.
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He publicly went out in October 2005 and announced the name of his partner, later to be husband, Brad Altman, and though Takei did fear for his career and closeted himself for many years, finally coming out actually boosted his popularity.
6. Alan Cumming
Born in Perthshire, Scotland, in 1965, Cumming is very well known Scottish actor for his roles of Eli Gold in The Good Wife and FeganFloop in Spy kids (2001), among many others. Although he is famous enough for his acting career he is also a very notorious activist for the LGBT and equal rights.
Once married to the model and actress Saffron Burrows, The Good Wife actor, now 51, lives happily on his 2.2 million dollar house with his husband Grant Shaffer, and his their dogs, Jerry and Lala.
And while he has married twice to Grant, he admits publicly to be bisexual as he states in this interview.
5.Neil Patrick Harris
Born on June 15th in, 1973 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Harris is definitely one of most widely-popular gay actors out there, known for his very early and prolific acting career.
He jumps to popularity at age 15 with his performance in the drama Clara’s Heart. He’s been nominated 4 times for the Golden Globe Awards, 9 times nominated for the Emmy’s Awards and four times winner of this Award for his exceptionally convincing and hilarious role as the legendary womanizer Barney Stinson in How I Met You Mother.
Harris publicly came out in November 2006 in an interview on People magazine stating
“…rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love”.
Born in Webster Groves, Missouri on October 11th in 1977, Bomer is known for his roles in Magic Mike (2012) and In Time (2011). He also incarnated Jeff Zarrillo in the Broadway play 8,as one of the applicants of the Proposition 8 referendum.
He never came out publicly nor did he deny his orientation, but he first confirmed his situation in 2012 by thanking his partner, Simon Halls, during his speech on a Steve Chase Humanitarian Award.
In 2014 he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Awards and won his first Golden Globe Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in The Normal Heart.
In an Advocate magazine’s interview, he didn’t flinch to school reporter Dolce Osuna on whether gay men were harder to please than straight women. He elegantly puts it “Why would I ever try to boil down an entire community into a yes or no question?”
3. Benjamin Wishaw
Born in Clifton, U.K in 1980, Benjamin Wishaw is best known for his troubled characters like Jean-Baptiste Grenouille in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) and the play Hamlet by Trevor Nunn in 2004. Ben is proclaimed by many critics as one of the best young actors of his generation.
He’s been very discreet about his private life and advocates that actors are entitled to have privacy in their lives regarding their orientation and other personal matters.
In August 2012 he marries his partner Mark Bradshaw and they seem to be stable and happily together ever since.
2. Sean Hayes
Another popular figure in the American entertainment industry, Hayes was born on June the 26th in 1970 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
He is a very popular actor, comedian and producer best known for his role as the stupendous Jack McFarland in NBC’s Will and Grace Sitcom that led him to win 6 Golden Globe nominations, four SAG awards, one American Comedy Award and one Emmy Award.
And while he was very protective of his private life for a long time, he publicly shared his orientation in a 2010 interview with The Advocate stating that he was really
“never in, as they say”.
In November 2014, he announced that he was in a relationship with his long-term partner, Scott Icenogle.They have been married since.
1. Ian McKellen
This is perhaps the most senior and popular of the gay actors, and presumably one of the best out there too. Born in Burnley, Lancashire, England in 1939, Sir Ian Murray McKellen stands tall over many with a long and very prolific career as an actor.
Known for various of his memorable roles in cinema, just to name a few; the knowledgeable wizard Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings(2001 -2003)and The Hobbit (2012 -2014) adaptations of Tolkien’s novels, Magneto in the X-men moviesand worldwide polemic Da Vinci Code (2006).
He was granted the title Commander of the Order of The British Empire in 1979 and Knighthood in 1991 by Queen Elizabeth II, Mckellen came out a long time ago in 1988 on The Times radio program debate with Peregrine Worthsthorne about section 28 that forbade the “promotion” of homosexuality.
He has since been openly gay and a strong supporter of the LGBT movement, also the co-founder of Stonewall, one of the most influential LGBT’s rights organizations, for which he is still a distinguished spokesman.Tags: Alan Cumming, Benjamin Wishaw, George Takei, Ian McKellen, Jim Parsons, John Barrowman, Luke Evans, Matt Bomer, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes