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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
Elton John age 70 Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ...more

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Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Neil Patrick Harris age 43 Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, magician, singer, and television host. He is known for playing Barney Stinson in the television comedy series How ...more

Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Kevin Spacey age 57 Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor, film director, writer, producer, and comedian. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast ...more

Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Freddie Mercury Died at 45 (1946-1991) Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more

Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Ian McKellen age 77 Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn ...more

George Michael is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
George Michael age 53 Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, widely known by his stage name George Michael, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Michael rose to superstardom during the ...more

Andy Dick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Andy Dick age 51 Andrew Roane "Andy" Dick is an American comedian, actor, musician and television/film producer. He is best known as a comic but is also known for his eccentric and controversial ...more

Perez Hilton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Perez Hilton age 39 Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr., known professionally as Perez Hilton, is an American blogger, columnist and television personality. His blog, PerezHilton.com, is known for posts covering gossip ...more

Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Stephen Fry age 59 Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist. After a troubled childhood and adolescence, during which he was expelled from two schools and spent three months ...more

George Takei is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
George Takei age 79 George Hosato Takei is an American actor, director, author, and activist, probably most widely known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star ...more

Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Leonardo da Vinci Died at 67 (1452-1519) Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is ...more

Boy George is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Boy George age 55 Boy George is a British singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, ...more

Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Jeffrey Dahmer Died at 34 (1960-1994) Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, was an American serial killer and sex offender, who committed the rape, murder and dismemberment of seventeen men and boys between ...more

Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Ricky Martin age 45 Enrique Martín Morales, commonly known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer, actor, and author. Martin began his career at age twelve with the all-boy pop group Menudo. After five ...more

Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Adam Lambert age 35 Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter, and stage actor. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in San Diego, California, he performed in amateur theatrical productions as a ...more

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Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Alexander the Great Died at 33 (355 BC-322 BC) Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a King of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty. Born in Pella in 356 BC, Alexander ...more

Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Andy Warhol Died at 59 (1928-1987) 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) 18 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Alan Cumming age 52 Alan Cumming, OBE, is a Scottish actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an ...more

Rock Hudson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Rock Hudson Died at 60 (1925-1985) Rock Hudson was an American actor. Hudson is generally known for his turns as a leading man in the 1950s and 1960s. He achieved stardom with dramatic roles in films such as Magnificent Obsession ...more

John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
John Barrowman age 50 John Scot Barrowman, MBE, is a Scottish-American actor, singer, dancer, presenter and writer who holds both British and American citizenship. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he emigrated to the ...more

Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Oscar Wilde Died at 46 (1854-1900) Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the ...more

Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Michael Stipe age 57 John Michael Stipe is an American singer, lyricist, film producer and visual artist. He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their ...more

Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Lance Bass age 37 James Lance Bass is an American pop singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, and author. He grew up in Mississippi and rose to fame as the bass singer for the American pop boy band ...more

Jeffree Star is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Jeffree Star age 30 Jeffrey Lynn Steininger, better known by his stage name Jeffree Star, is an American model, fashion designer, makeup artist, DJ, and singer-songwriter residing in Beverly Hills, California. He ...more

Alan Turing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Alan Turing Died at 42 (1912-1954) Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS was a British pioneering computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner. He ...more

Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Laurence Olivier Died at 82 (1907-1989) Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also ...more

Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Graham Norton age 54 Graham William Walker, better known by the stage name Graham Norton, is an Irish television and radio presenter, comedian, and actor. He is the host of comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show. ...more

Alan Carr is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Alan Carr age 40 Alan Graham Carr is an English comedian and television personality. He was born in Weymouth, Dorset and spent most of his childhood in Northampton before moving to Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester ...more

Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Michelangelo Died at 89 (1475-1564) Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled ...more

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Caligula is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Caligula Died at 29 (12-41) Caligula was the popular nickname of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Roman emperor. Caligula was a member of the house of rulers conventionally known as the Julio-Claudian dynasty. ...more

Peter Wentz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Pete Wentz age 37 Peter Lewis Kingston "Pete" Wentz III, known professionally as Pete Wentz, is an American musician best known for being the bassist, primary lyricist and backing vocalist for the ...more

Montgomery Clift is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Montgomery Clift Died at 46 (1920-1966) Edward Montgomery "Monty" Clift was an American film and stage actor. The New York Times’ obituary of Clift noted his portrayal of "moody, sensitive young men". He often ...more

Julian Clary is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Julian Clary age 57 Julian Peter McDonald Clary is an English comedian and novelist. Openly gay, Clary began appearing on television in the mid 1980s and became known for his deliberately stereotypical camp style. ...more

Anthony Perkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Anthony Perkins Died at 60 (1932-1992) Anthony Perkins was an American actor and singer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his second film, Friendly Persuasion, but is best known for playing Norman ...more

David Hyde Pierce is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
David Hyde Pierce age 58 David Hyde Pierce is an American actor and comedian. Pierce is known for playing the psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the hit NBC sitcom Frasier, for which he won four Emmy Awards during the ...more

Clay Aiken is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Clay Aiken age 38 Clayton Holmes "Clay" Aiken is an American singer, songwriter, television personality, actor, author, politician and activist. Aiken was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the North ...more

Will Young is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Will Young age 38 William Robert "Will" Young is a British singer-songwriter and actor who came to prominence after winning the 2002 inaugural series of the British music contest Pop Idol, making him ...more

Rufus Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Rufus Wainwright age 43 Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter and composer. He has recorded seven albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He ...more

Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Nathan Lane age 61 Nathan Lane is an American actor and writer. He is known for his roles as Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in MouseHunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys ...more

Dale Winton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dale Winton age 61 Dale Jonathan Winton is an English radio DJ and television presenter, best known for presenting the shows including Dale's Supermarket Sweep from 1993 until 2000 and again in 2007, the National ...more

Sean Hayes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Sean Hayes age 46 Sean Patrick Hayes is an American actor, comedian, and producer. He is best known for his role as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, for which he won an Emmy Award, four SAG ...more

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, often anglicised as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was a Russian composer whose works included symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music, and a choral setting of ...more

Barney Frank is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Barney Frank age 77 Barnett "Barney" Frank is an American politician who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he ...more

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Richard Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Richard Chamberlain age 83 George Richard Chamberlain is an American stage and screen actor and singer, who became a teen idol in the title role of the television show Dr. Kildare. Since then, he has appeared in several ...more

Tom Ford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Tom Ford age 55 Thomas Carlyle "Tom" Ford is an American fashion designer and film director. He gained international fame for his turnaround of Gucci and the creation of the Tom Ford label before ...more

Dennis Nilsen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dennis Nilsen age 71 Dennis Andrew Nilsen is a British serial killer and necrophiliac, also known as the Muswell Hill Murderer and the Kindly Killer, who committed the murders of a minimum of 12 young men in a ...more

Harvey Milk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Harvey Milk Died at 48 (1930-1978) Harvey Bernard Milk was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. ...more

Marc Almond is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Marc Almond age 59 Peter Mark Sinclair "Marc" Almond is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Almond first began performing and recording in the synthpop/new wave duo Soft Cell. He has also had a ...more

Aleister Crowley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Aleister Crowley Died at 72 (1875-1947) Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley was a British occultist, writer and mystic. He is perhaps best known today for his occult writings, especially The Book of the Law, the central ...more

Liberace is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Liberace Died at 68 (1919-1987) Władziu Valentino Liberace, mononymously known as Liberace, was an American pianist and entertainer. A child prodigy and the first generation son of working class immigrants, Liberace's career ...more