Straight Actors Who Have Played Gay People
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Straight Actors Who Have Played Gay

List of gay characters played by straight actors, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. One of the great things about being an actor is you get to play characters that are different from yourself. Many straight actors who have played gay characters have won awards for their performances. Several TV shows feature straight actors playing gay roles.

Who is the most famous straight actor who has played a gay character? Tom Hanks tops our list. Hanks played Andrew Beckett, a lawyer who was fired for having HIV, in "Philadelphia." He won his first Academy Award for the performance. He has been married to his wife Rita Wilson since 1988. Other actors who have won Oscars for playing gay characters include Hilary Swank, Christopher Plummer, and Charlize Theron.

Some people may be surprised to learn that Eric Stonestreet, the actor best known for playing Cameron Tucker on "Modern Family," is actually straight. He is not married, but he refers to himself as "openly straight." Michael C. Hall played David Fisher, a gay funeral director, on the HBO show "Six Feet Under." Hall was married to his "Dexter" co-star Jennifer Carpenter from 2008–2011.

Do you think that it is difficult for a straight actor to participate in gay love scenes? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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    Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his role as Andrew Beckett, a lawyer who was fired for having HIV, in Philadelphia (1993). Hanks has been married to his wife Rita Wilson since 1988.


    Born: 1956
    Birthplace: Concord, California, United States of America
    Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor + 3 more
    Institution: California State University, Sacramento, Skyline High School, Chabot College
    Major/Field Of Study: Theatre
    Height: 6'0"
    Medical Conditions: Type 2 diabetes
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