This list contains information about gay celebrities who never came out, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Many successful Hollywood actors are gay. These days, it's common for celebrities to publicly come out as gay in the media, but that wasn't always the case. Several famous gay celebrities remained in the closet throughout their entire lives.
Who is the most famous gay celebrity who never came out of the closet? Cary Grant tops this list. Though he was married five times to five different women, many people believed that Cary Grant was actually gay. He lived with actor Randolph Scott on and off for over a decade and he was also rumored to have hired male prostitutes.
Despite his flamboyant stage presence, Liberace never officially came out as gay. He even went so far as to sue a publication for libel when they printed that he was gay. Liberace's friend, Betty White, has stated that the musician was, in fact, homosexual. Other secretly closeted movie stars include Rock Hudson, Anthony Perkins, and Robert Reed.
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Though he was married five times to five different women, many people believed that Cary Grant was actually gay. He lived with actor Randolph Scott on and off for over a decade. He was also rumored to have hired male prostitutes.
Age: Died at 82 (1904-1986)
Birthplace: Horfield, United Kingdom
Credits: His Girl Friday, Notorious, North by Northwest, Charade
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Freddie Mercury never publicly spoke about his sexuality, but his friends and family knew that he was gay. He died due to complications from AIDS on November 24, 1991.
Age: Died at 45 (1946-1991)
Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Singer, + more
Credits: Metropolis, Ted, Shaun of the Dead, Moulin Rouge!
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Rock Hudson never came out as gay, though many of his friends in Hollywood knew about his lifestyle. He died from complications with AIDS on October 2, 1985.
Age: Died at 60 (1925-1985)
Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois, United States of America
Credits: Giant, Pillow Talk, Send Me No Flowers, McMillan & Wife
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Though those closest to him knew that he was gay, Robert Reed hid his sexuality from the public. He was HIV positive at the time of his death, though he died of colon cancer.
Regarding his sexuality, his "Brady Bunch" co-star, Barry Williams, said, "Robert didn't want to go there. I don't think he talked about it with anyone. I just don't think it was a discussion - period."
Age: Died at 60 (1932-1992)
Birthplace: USA, Highland Park, Illinois
Credits: The Brady Bunch, Roots, The Defenders, Mannix Search for Tomorrow, + more
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Anthony Perkins never spoke openly about being gay as he was a deeply private person, and he feared being alienated in Hollywood. He died due to complications with AIDS on September 12, 1992.
Age: Died at 60 (1932-1992)
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Musician, Actor, Singer, Minister of religion
Credits: Psycho, The Trial, Psycho II, The Black Hole
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Despite his flamboyant stage presence, Liberace never officially came out as gay. He even went so far as to sue a publication for libel when they printed that he was gay. Liberace's friend, Betty White, has stated that the musician was in fact gay.
Age: Died at 68 (1919-1987)
Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America
Profession: Pianist, Actor, Singer
Credits: Another World, Misery, Ocean's Eleven, Liberace: A Valentine Special
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Montgomery Clift was gay and had a relationship with Jerome Robbins. Clift never came out as being gay or even bisexual.
Age: Died at 46 (1920-1966)
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
Credits: From Here to Eternity, A Place in the Sun, I Confess, Judgment at Nuremberg
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Though William Haines never officially came out, he also didn't really hide the fact that he was gay. He was in a relationship with Jimmie Shields for almost 50 years.
Age: Died at 73 (1900-1973)
Birthplace: USA, Virginia
Profession: Interior designer, Actor
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