Both Hollywood and America are obsessed with the sexual lives of their actors and actresses so it’s no wonder that there’s a list of the 10 best openly gay actors. What’s surprising is that there are ten who are open in a country that at times is still openly hostile to gay men. Here are some of the best that Hollywood has produced.

  1. Neil Patrick Harris. Fans still remember him from his days as medical child prodigy "Doogie Howser", so it was a bit of surprise for some when he came out of the closet and became an openly gay actor. However, instead of focusing on his sex life, many have chosen to enjoy his work on Broadway as well as both TV and movies. 

  2. Rupert Everett. Unlike most actors in Hollywood, Everett was never shy about admitting that he was an openly gay actor. In fact, he proved that a lot of audiences don’t care as long as the performance is good. He proved his talent in his theatrical debut when he played the snarky gat friend of Julia Roberts in “My Best Friend’s Wedding”. 

  3. Ian McKellen. McKellen is not only one of the best openly gay actors, but one of the most respected by both theater aficionados and fantasy geeks alike. Those in theater recognize him as a kind of heir to the great Lawrence Oliver in such roles as Antonio Salieri in the original stage production of “Amadeus” and geeks love him for his role of Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings” series as well as the “X-Men” trilogy where he played the arch-nemesis Magneto.

  4. Alan Cumming. Also a veteran of the “X-Men” movies (the second one specifically where he played the role of Nightcrawler, a teleporting mutant), openly gay actor Alan Cumming has been entertaining fans on stage, TV and theater screen for years. Cumming is generally known far and wide as one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood today.

  5. David Hyde Pierce. Known for 11 years to television audiences as Miles Crane, the younger, more neurotic brother of Frasier Crane on the television series, “Frasier”, Pierce quickly became one of the most popular openly gay actors on television.

  6. George Takei. Forever Known as Mr. Sulu from the original “Star Trek” television series, this openly gay actor shocked his fans when he came out of the closet and married his longtime companion in 2008. What surprised them even more was when he revealed in his autobiography released in 2007 that he was placed in a Japanese internment camp during World War II when he was a child.

  7. John Gielgud. Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Sir John Gielgud’s sexual orientation didn’t become public knowledge until an arrest for lewd conduct in 1953 forced him out into the open. Fearing he would be shunned, he didn’t return to the stage for several months. However, when he did he was greeted with a standing ovation from his fans.

  8. Rock Hudson. Rock Hudson’s story stands as one of the more tragic ones of openly gay actors in Hollywood. At the height of his career, he was considered the standard for manly stature. However, he was desperate to hide the fact that he was gay for fear that it would destroy his career. It wasn’t until 1985 that the world discovered the truth as entered the final stages of the AIDS virus.

  9. Richard Chamberlain. For the most part, Chamberlain, also considered a man’s man by many of his female fans across the world. It wasn’t until he turned 69 that he revealed that he’s an openly gay actor and had had little interest in the women he’d been rumored to have bedded during the height of his film and TV career

  10. Anthony Perkins. Forever branded by the role that made him a household name, Anthony Perkins was the face of Norman Bates for the better part of his career and found some solace playing unbalanced characters. However, like Rock Hudson, it was his diagnosis of AIDS that turned him into an openly gay actor in Hollywood.