Actors That Push the Limits – Straight Actors Who Played Gay!!

TV STILL -- DO NOT PURGE -- Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen in the Netflix Original Series

Martin Sheen and Sam Waterson come out in the latest Netflix sensation “Grace and Frankie” created by “Friends ” Marta Kaufmann

We all know the gay actors who have walked a straight line like NPH and Jim Parsons. But continuing our feature for Pride month and also celebrating SCOTUS’ ruling, we are proud to present actors and actresses who play gay.

billy crystal on soapIn the seventies , superstar Billy Crystal burst onto the scene in “SOAP” as America’s first gay character on a prime time show in a lead

jeremy piven rush hour 2It’s the agent from hell Ari Gold aka Jeremy Piven in “Rush Hour 2”

edie falco on will and graceEdie Falco of “Nurse Jackie” appeared on “Will and Grace” as a notorious real estate shark lesbian who was trying to seduce Grace

darren criss as blaineDarren Criss is singing romeo on “Glee” as Blaine Anderson

josh malina a view from the topJosh Malina of “West Wing”  and “Scandal” plays a gay flight attendant in “A View From the Top”Josh is happily married with two kids

will on nashvilleChris Carmack burst onto the music scene as Will Lexington , a country singer who fights the closet so he can succeed in “Nashville”

brittany and santana wedding“Glee” finished off its final season with a double gay wedding with Blaine and Kurt and Santana Lopez and Brittany Pierce (Naya Rivera and Heather Elizabeth Morris are pictured as brides)

jeff perry as cyrusSteppenwolf founder Jeff Perry has played two gay roles  First on “My So Called Life” as a drama teacher. But his most infamous gay role is as gay Chief of Staff to President Grant on “Scandal” . Here he is with his late husband played by Dan Bucatinsky. Jeff has two daughters and is married to the casting director for Shondaland shows Linda Lowry.

tracy morgan longest yardTracy Morgan of “30 Rock” was a cheerleader for the prison team in “The Longest Yard”

men on filmA blast from the past . It’s Damon Wayans and David Allen Grier as “Men On Film” on Fox’s breakout comedy sketch show “In Living Color”

callie and arizonaJessica Capshaw and Sara Ramirez are Dr Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins on mega hit “Grey’s Anatomy”. They are two lady surgeons who married each other.

jack colemanJack Coleman was the second actor to play Stephen Carrington on “Dynasty” . Due to return on the revamped version of “Heroes” . Jack has certainly done the rounds as a father on “Chicago PD”, a murdering Senator, on “Castle” , and most notably the husband of the VP on “Scandal” . Daniel Langston . Langston had an affair with Cyrus Beane’s husband and then was murdered in cold blood by his wife.

the oposite of sexLisa Kudrow late of “Friends” and “Scandal” has made her comeback on HBO . Here she is a lesbian teacher in “The Opposite of Sex” . She was directed by Don Roos who is the husband of her gbff Dan Bucatinsky.

will and vinceEric McCormack has to be the most famous straight actor in tv history. For eight seasons, he played Will Truman on “Will and Grace” . Here is his endgame also hetero the fabulous Bobby Cannavale as Vince.

patrick and eric McDreamy aka Patrick Dempsey was one of Will’s ill fated romances on “Will and Grace” Patrick recently divorced and is now one of the many deceased characters on “Grey’s Anatomy”

under the tuscan sunIn “Under the Tuscan Sun”  Kate Walsh and Sandra Oh from “Grey’s Anatomy” play lesbian lovers who support their friend when her and her husband split up and she moves to Italy.

eric dane and bradley cooperIn the movie “Valentine’s Day” “Last Ship’s” Eric Dane is a pro football player who comes out of the closet . Here he is with his lover , Bradley Cooper

jon huertas on undressedDetective Esposito of “Castle” Jon Huertas played a gay college boy in the show “Undressed”

feast of loveStana Katic aka Mrs Castle had her own lesbian love fest in “Feast of Love”

kerry washington in she hate meIt’s a scene that is hot enough for the White House. “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope Kerry Washington plays a lesbian business woman who enlists her ex in a sperm business in Spike Lee’s “She Hate Me”

courtneny and jen kiss“Friends” that are very friendly. On the old show “Dirt” , Courteney Cox’s character gave a kiss to her friend Jennifer Aniston. Needless to say , it was the highest rated episode of the short lived FX series.

the birdcage The late Robin Williams and Hank Azaria of “Simpsons” fame camped it up in the film “The Bird Cage” Robin was married to the great Nathan Lane and an added feature was an appearance by the wonderful Christine Baranski from “The Good Wife”

TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING JULIE NEWMAR, Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, Patrick Swayze, 1995

Wesley Snipes, Jon Leguizumo, and the late Patrick Swayze played three queens that go on a cross country trek and learn about life in “To Wong Foo, With Thanks Julie Newmar” . Stockard Channing is the battered woman who is helped by the “girls”

Natasha Lyonne in "But Im A Cheerleader."

Natasha Lyonne of “Orange is the New Black” played a young girl questioning her sexualty in the camp film “But I’m A Cheerleader. The film also stars RuPaul as a straight camp counselor.

laura prepon and taylor schillingLaura Prepon was the hot girlfriend with the nerdy boyfriend on “That 70’s Show” Today she is Alex the girlfriend of Piper on “Orange is the New Black” .

designing women kendall dobbsOur last actor who played gay is that “Scandalous” favorite, Tony Goldwyn. Tony appeared on an episode of “Designing Women” as Kendall Dobbs . He was a young man who contracted AIDS and asks the Sugarbaker  ladies to design his funeral. Tony also played gay in “The Substance of Fire” as well.


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