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Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

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Updated October 13, 2018 6.4M views 1,734 items

From Alexander the Great to Neil Patrick Harris, this gay celebrities list has all the most famous gay men throughout history, with photos included. Over 1800 gay dudes and counting! These historically famous gay men have either been confirmed as homosexuals or there is strong evidence that they were/are gay. These famous gay people come from countless different times in human history, and this list includes gay actors, famous gay celebrities, and famous gay people in history.

Who are famous gay men? Famous homosexuals in history included in this list are the painter of the Sistine Chapel and the dad from the Brady Bunch - yes, we gays are a diverse bunch! This list of gay celebrities starts with the earliest gay historic figures, but you can sort by any column.

Which famous men in history are gay? This many people can't be wrong, maybe straight men should explore homosexuality. If you want more lists about famous homosexuals, check out this list of famous gay authors.
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 71

Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom

Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 ...more
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 45

Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, magician, and singer. He is known primarily for his comedy roles on television and his dramatic and ...more
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 59

Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

Kevin Spacey Fowler (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor, producer, and singer. Spacey began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, obtaining supporting roles in film and television. ...more
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the ...more
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 79

Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom

Sir Ian Murray McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. His career spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is the recipient ...more
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 55

Birthplace: East Finchley, London, United Kingdom

George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou; 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the ...more
Andy Dick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 53

Birthplace: USA, South Carolina, Charleston

Andrew Roane Dick (born Andrew Thomlinson, December 21, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, musician, and television and film producer. Best known as a comic, he is also known for his ...more
Perez Hilton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 40

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America

Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. (born March 23, 1978), known professionally as Perez Hilton is an American blogger, columnist, and media personality. His blog, PerezHilton.com (formerly ...more
Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 61

Birthplace: Hampstead, London, United Kingdom

Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English actor, comedian and writer. He and Hugh Laurie are the comic double act Fry and Laurie, who starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves ...more
George Takei is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 81

Birthplace: Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

George Hosato Takei (; born Hosato Takei, April 20, 1937) is an American actor, author, and activist. He is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the ...more
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 57

Birthplace: Bexley, London, United Kingdom

Boy George (born George Alan O'Dowd; 14 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and fashion designer. He is the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club. At the height of the band's ...more
Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 34 (1960-1994)

Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (; May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994), also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, was an American serial killer and sex offender who committed the rape, ...more
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 47

Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Enrique Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known as Ricky Martin is a Puerto Rican singer, actor and author who is widely regarded as the "King of Latin Pop". He ...more
Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 37

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

Adam Mitchel Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 3 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.Lambert rose to fame in ...more
Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 59 (1928-1987)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and ...more
Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 54

Birthplace: Aberfeldy, United Kingdom

Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, and activist who has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and plays. His London ...more
Rock Hudson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 60 (1925-1985)

Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois, United States of America

Rock Hudson (born Roy Harold Scherer Jr.; November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985) was an American actor, generally known for his turns as a leading man during the 1950s and 1960s. He was viewed as ...more
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 51

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Glasgow, United Kingdom

John Scot Barrowman (born 11 March 1967) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter, author, and comic book writer. Born in Glasgow, Barrowman moved to the U.S. with his family in 1975. ...more
Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)

Birthplace: Ireland, Ireland, Europe, Dublin

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most ...more
Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 59

Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Decatur

John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter and was the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their dissolution in ...more
Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 39

Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

James Lance Bass (; born May 4, 1979) is an American singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, and author. He grew up in Mississippi and rose to fame as the bass singer for the ...more
Jeffree Star is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 32

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Jeffree Star (born Jeffrey Lynn Steininger Jr.; November 15, 1985) is an American Internet celebrity, beauty YouTuber, makeup artist, model, entrepreneur, and singer-songwriter. The founder and ...more
Alan Turing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 42 (1912-1954)

Birthplace: Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

Alan Mathison Turing (; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist. Turing was highly influential ...more
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

Birthplace: Dorking, United Kingdom

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, (; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud, ...more
Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Age: 55

Birthplace: Clondalkin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Graham William Walker (born 4 April 1963), known professionally as Graham Norton, is an Irish television and radio presenter, comedian, actor, author, and commentator based in the United ...more