Gay Actors We Didn't Know at the Time

In reverse order, so as we count up the list we count down to the actor that was the biggest surprise (at least at first) when we realized he was Gay.
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1.
Montgomery Clift
Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg) and William Brooks Clift. His father made a lot of money in banking but was quite poor during the depression...
“ I suppose it really was only straight people who didn't understand what the anguish really was in all his intense characters. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
2.
Paul Lynde
Paul Lynde was born in 1926 in Mount Vernon, Ohio (one of six children and the middle of four boys). His father was a local police officer and the sheriff of the Mount Vernon Jail for two years. Lynde got his inspiration to become an actor at the age of four or five after his mother took him to see the original silent film Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ...
“ Believe it or not a lot of us had no idea that Uncle Arthur was Gay. It took Hollywood Squares for us to realize that. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
3.
Dick Sargent
Actor, Bewitched
Sargent was a trim, handsome man with a longish chin. He played a variety of gawky businessmen roles in feature films before finding a niche in tv history as the second Darrin on "Bewitched". Shortly before his death, Sargent publicly proclaimed he was gay, and became what he called "a retroactive role model" in the battle for gay rights.
“ The second Darrin also fooled us. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
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“ We thought sparks were flying with Mrs. Brady when they were in bed, but he was just acting. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
5.
Raymond Burr
Born Raymond William Stacy Burr on 21 May 1917 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Burr spent most of his early life traveling. As a youngster, his father moved his family to China, where the elder Burr worked as a trade agent. When the family returned to Canada, Raymond's parents separated. He and his mother moved to Vallejo...
“ Perry Mason's actor didn't come out to the vast public until after he died, but everyone who knew him knew since he'd lived with his partner for decades. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
6.
George Takei
Although primarily known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the television series Star Trek and the first six features, George Takei has had a varied career acting in television, feature films, live theater and radio. He also is a successful writer and community activist. George Takei was born Hosato Takei on April 20...
“ Obviously George is Gay, well now that he is out and does this over the top act as part of his shtick at roasts and things. But we had no idea when Mr. Sulu piloted the Enterprise. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
7.
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
“ Maybe it was because he was really bisexual, or maybe just because he was such a good actor, but somehow we fans had no idea that the love of his life was Wally Cox. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
8.
Randolph Scott
Handsome leading man who developed into one of Hollywood's greatest and most popular western stars. Born to George and Lucy Crane Scott during a visit to Virginia, Scott was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina in a wealthy family. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology but, after being injured playing football...
“ It still is difficult to accept that this rugged star of westerns and hard boiled detective films was domestic partners with Cary Grant for years when they were young stars. A lot of us still want to say they were just room-mates. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
9.
Rock Hudson
Actor, Giant
Rock Hudson was born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. in Winnetka, Illinois, to Katherine (Wood), a telephone operator, and Roy Harold Scherer, an auto mechanic. He was of German, Swiss-German, English, and Irish descent. His parents divorced when he was eight years old. He failed to obtain parts in school plays because he couldn't remember lines...
“ Now its hard to remember how strange it was at first to accept that this romantic heart throb was Gay. Everyone in Hollywood knew it, but not those of us sitting out in the dark watching him make love to Doris Day on the screen. We thought his characters pretending they were Gay to help him win her over was the height of ludicrousy. How in the world could anyone ever believe Rock Hudson was Gay? Meanwhile the folk making the films were laughing at us. ” - SweetHotAngel
 
10.
Dirk Bogarde
Sir Dirk Bogarde, distinguished film actor and writer, was born Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde on March 28, 1921, to Ulric van den Bogaerde, the art editor of "The Times" (London) newspaper, and actress Margaret Niven in the London suburb of Hampstead. He was one of three children...
“ I suspect that some reading this list are finding out for the first time that the great British actor who created the Doctor in the House franchise and went on to do great art house work was Gay. ” - SweetHotAngel