Aug 6, 2013
Steve Cochran: All Man
1. He grew up in Wyoming
2. He was kicked off his college basketball team for hanging out with ladies.
3. He worked as a cowboy before getting his start in Hollywood.
4. He had a very, very, very hairy chest.
5. He had a very, very, very large penis (ok, that one's not from the IMDB).
6. He mostly played villains and gangsters.
7. He had sex with lots of ladies.
9. He died while on a boating trip with an all-girl crew.
#1-6 don't necessarily require heterosexual identity. And there's more:
White Heat (1949): He plays Big Ed, the sidekick/gunsel who betrays volatile boyfriend Cody (James Cagney).
Private Hell 36 (1954): detective buddies (Steve, Howard Duff, top photo) steal money, and count it while shirtless. The headless lady is Ida Lupino.
Then there's The Beat Generation (1959), which has nothing to do with the literary movement of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg; in search of a serial rapist, detective Steve immerses himself in the seedy, decadent, gay-vague world of the Beatniks. Sort of like Al Pacino's descent into the "gay world" in Cruising twenty years later.
Even someone who is "all man" invariably has a gay subtext or two somewhere in his career.