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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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Graham Chapman is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Graham Chapman Died at 48 (1941-1989) Graham Arthur Chapman was an English comedian, writer, actor, and one of the six members of the surreal comedy group Monty Python.

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Dean Corll is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dean Corll Died at 34 (1939-1973) Dean Arnold Corll was an American serial killer who abducted, raped, tortured, and murdered a minimum of 28 boys in a series of killings spanning from 1970 to 1973 in Houston, Texas. The crimes, ...more

Andy Cohen is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Andy Cohen age 48 Andrew Cohen is a television and film producer.

Ralph Waldo Emerson is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Ralph Waldo Emerson Died at 79 (1803-1882) Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient ...more

Greg Louganis is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Greg Louganis age 57 Gregory Efthimios "Greg" Louganis is an American Olympic diver and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the springboard and platform. He is the only ...more

Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Gore Vidal Died at 87 (1925-2012) Gore Vidal was an American writer and a public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing. As Eugene Louis Vidal, he was born to a political ...more

Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Truman Capote Died at 60 (1924-1984) Truman Streckfus Persons, known as Truman Capote, was an American author, screenwriter, playwright, actor, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary ...more

Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Allen Ginsberg Died at 71 (1926-1997) Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed militarism, ...more

Sal Mineo is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Sal Mineo Died at 37 (1939-1976) Sal Mineo was an actor.

Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Cole Porter Died at 73 (1891-1964) Cole Albert Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. ...more

Stephen Sondheim is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Stephen Sondheim age 87 Stephen Joshua Sondheim is an American composer and lyricist known for his contributions to musical theatre for over 50 years. He is the winner of an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards including ...more

Paul O'Grady is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Paul O'Grady age 61 Paul James Michael O'Grady, MBE is an English comedian, television presenter, actor, writer and radio disc-jockey. He rose to prominence in the United Kingdom for his comedic drag queen ...more

Kenneth Williams is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Kenneth Williams Died at 62 (1926-1988) Kenneth Charles Williams was an English comic actor and comedian of Welsh parentage. He was one of the main ensemble in 26 of the 31 Carry On films, and appeared in numerous British television ...more

Ludwig Wittgenstein is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Ludwig Wittgenstein Died at 62 (1889-1951) Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein was an Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. From ...more

Michel Foucault is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Michel Foucault Died at 58 (1926-1984) Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist, philologist and literary critic. His theories addressed the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they ...more

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Rupert Everett is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Rupert Everett age 57 Rupert James Hector Everett is an English actor and writer. He first came to public attention in 1981, when he was cast in Julian Mitchell's play and subsequent film Another Country as an openly ...more

Robert Patrick is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Robert Patrick age 58 Robert Hammond Patrick, Jr. is an American actor, perhaps best known for his portrayals of villainous characters. He is a Saturn Award winner with four nominations. Patrick dropped out of ...more

Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Leonard Bernstein Died at 72 (1918-1990) Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive ...more

Harvey Fierstein is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Harvey Fierstein age 62 Harvey Forbes Fierstein is an American actor, playwright, and voice actor. Fierstein has won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his own play Torch Song Trilogy and the Tony Award for ...more

Alfred Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Alfred Kinsey Died at 62 (1894-1956) Alfred Charles Kinsey was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, and sexologist who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University, now known as the ...more

Chris Kanyon is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Chris Kanyon Died at 40 (1970-2010) Christopher Klucsarits was an American professional wrestler. He was best known for his work in World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation under the ring names Chris Kanyon ...more

Walt Whitman is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Walt Whitman Died at 73 (1819-1892) Walter "Walt" Whitman was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his ...more

Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Johnny Mathis age 81 John Royce "Johnny" Mathis is an American singer of popular music. Starting his career with singles of standard music, he became highly popular as an album artist, with several dozen ...more

George Gordon Byron is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
George Gordon Byron Died at 36 (1788-1824) George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS, commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. ...more

Gianni Versace is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Gianni Versace Died at 51 (1946-1997) Gianni Versace was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, an international fashion house, which produces accessories, fragrances, make-up and home furnishings as well as clothes. He ...more

Fritz Haarmann is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Fritz Haarmann Died at 46 (1879-1925) Friedrich Heinrich Karl "Fritz" Haarmann was a German serial killer, known as the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover, who committed the sexual assault, murder, mutilation ...more

Pat Patterson is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Pat Patterson age 76 Pierre Clermont better known by his ring name Pat Patterson, is a French former professional wrestler. He works for WWE as a creative consultant, and was the first Intercontinental Champion. He ...more

Jonathan Groff is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Jonathan Groff age 32 Jonathan Drew Groff is an American actor and singer. At the age of 22, Groff received a Tony Award nomination for his performance as Melchior Gabor in the Broadway rock musical Spring Awakening. ...more

Russell Tovey is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Russell Tovey age 35 Russell George Tovey is an English actor with numerous television, film and stage credits. Tovey is best known for playing the role of werewolf George Sands in the BBC's supernatural drama Being ...more

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Michael Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Michael Barrymore age 64 Michael Ciaran Parker, better known by his stage name Michael Barrymore, is an English comedian and television presenter of game shows and light entertainment programmes on British television in ...more

Marc Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Marc Jacobs age 54 Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for Marc Jacobs, as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line, with over 200 retail stores in 80 countries. He was the ...more

Matt Lucas is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Matt Lucas age 43 Matthew Richard "Matt" Lucas is an English comedian, screenwriter, actor and singer, best known for his work with David Walliams in the television show Little Britain as well as for ...more

Jean Paul Gaultier is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Jean Paul Gaultier age 64 Jean Paul Gaultier is a French Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter fashion designer. Gaultier was the creative director of Hermès from 2003 to 2010. In the past, he has hosted ...more

Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Tennessee Williams Died at 72 (1911-1983) Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright and author of many stage classics. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three ...more

Frankie Howerd is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Frankie Howerd Died at 75 (1917-1992) Francis Alick "Frankie" Howerd, OBE was an English comedian and comic actor whose six-decade career was described by fellow comedian Barry Cryer as "a series of comebacks,

Kenny Everett is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Kenny Everett Died at 51 (1944-1995) Maurice James Christopher Cole, known professionally as Kenny Everett, was a British comedian, radio DJ and television entertainer. Everett is best known for his career as a radio DJ and for The ...more

Charles Laughton is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Charles Laughton Died at 63 (1899-1962) Charles Laughton was an English stage and film actor and director. Laughton was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and first appeared professionally on the stage in 1926. In ...more

Derek Jacobi is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Derek Jacobi age 78 Sir Derek George Jacobi CBE is an English actor and stage director. A "forceful, commanding stage presence", Jacobi has enjoyed a highly successful stage career, appearing in such ...more

John Maynard Keynes is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
John Maynard Keynes Died at 63 (1883-1946) John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes, CB, FBA, was a British economist whose ideas have fundamentally affected the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics and informed the economic ...more

Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Marcel Proust Died at 51 (1871-1922) Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu, published in seven parts ...more

Tim Gunn is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Tim Gunn age 63 Timothy M. "Tim" Gunn is an American fashion consultant, television personality, actor, and voice actor. He was on the faculty of Parsons The New School for Design from 1982 to 2007 ...more

David Geffen is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
David Geffen age 74 David Lawrence Geffen is an American business magnate, producer, film studio executive, and philanthropist. Geffen created or co-created Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen Records in 1980, and DGC ...more

Ian Watkins is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Ian Watkins age 39 Ian David Karslake Watkins is a Welsh musician and convicted paedophile. Watkins achieved prominence as a founding member, lead vocalist, and lyricist of the rock band Lostprophets. Lostprophets ...more

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Marquis de Sade is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Marquis de Sade Died at 74 (1740-1814) Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade, was a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher and writer, famous for his libertine sexuality. His works include novels, short ...more

Tab Hunter is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Tab Hunter age 85 Tab Hunter is an American actor, singer and author who has starred in over forty films.

Robert Reed is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Robert Reed Died at 60 (1932-1992) Robert Reed was an American stage, film and television actor and television director. From 1961 to 1965, Reed portrayed the role of Kenneth Preston on the popular legal drama, The Defenders, ...more

John Gielgud is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
John Gielgud Died at 96 (1904-2000) Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH, was an English actor and theatre director whose career spanned eight decades. With Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, he was one of the trinity of actors who ...more

Michael Kors is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Michael Kors age 57 Michael Kors is a New York City-based fashion designer of American sportswear for women. He is Honorary Chairman and Chief Creative Officer for his company, Michael Kors Holdings Limited, which ...more

Duncan James is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Duncan James age 39 Duncan Matthew James Inglis, known as Duncan James, is an English singer, actor and television presenter. He is best known as a member of the boyband Blue from 2000 to 2005 and again from 2009 ...more

Denis O'Hare is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Denis O'Hare age 55 Denis Patrick Seamus O'Hare is an American actor noted for his award-winning performances in the plays Take Me Out and Sweet Charity, as well as portraying the vampire Russell Edgington on HBO's ...more