Jan 28, 2015
Guys Who Didn't Need to Come Out 1: Joel Grey
Why now, at the age of 82?
He began his Broadway career in 1951, with Borscht Capades. A string of stage successes followed, notably the decadent, epicene Master of Ceremonies in the original Broadway version of Cabaret (1966-1969) and its revival (1987-88), but also George M. Cohan in George M., Amos Hart in Chicago, the Wizard in Wicked, and Moonface Martin in Anything Goes. A string of characters with no or minimal heterosexual interests.
Plus he starred in the AIDS drama The Normal Heart, and directed the Broadway version.
Again, a string of characters with no or minimal heterosexual interests.
His movies: Man on a Swing, The Seven Percent Solution, Marilyn and Me, Kafka, Dancer in the Dark, and of course the 1972 film version of Cabaret.
He has released 9 albums, including show tunes and covers of the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, and Donovan. On the cover of Black Sheep Boy (1969), he is presented as a 1960s flower child (who happens to be in the process of ripping his sweater off, to give nature boys a glimpse of his rather slim, androgynous physique.
So, after such a long, illustrious, and gay-friendly career, who was mistaking him for straight?
See also: Gomer Pyle, Out at 82.