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Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

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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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Alan Carr is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 42
Alan Graham Carr (born 14 June 1976) is an English comedian and television personality. Carr was born in Weymouth, Dorset, and spent most of his childhood in Northampton before moving to ...more
Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. 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
Caligula is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 29 (12-41)
Caligula (; Latin: Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus; 31 August 12 – 24 January 41 AD) was Roman emperor from 37 to 41 AD. The son of the popular Roman general Germanicus and Augustus's ...more
Pete Wentz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 39
Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born June 5, 1979) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record executive. He is best known for being the bassist, lyricist, and backing vocalist for ...more
Montgomery Clift is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 46 (1920-1966)
Edward Montgomery "Monty" Clift (; October 17, 1920 – July 23, 1966) was an American actor. A four time Academy Award nominee, The New York Times said he was known for his portrayal of ...more
Julian Clary is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 59
Julian Peter McDonald Clary (born 25 May 1959) is an English comedian, actor, presenter and novelist. Openly gay, Clary began appearing on television in the mid-1980s and became known for his ...more
Anthony Perkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Died at 60 (1932-1992)
Anthony Perkins (April 4, 1932 – September 12, 1992) was an American actor and singer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his second film, Friendly Persuasion ...more
David Hyde Pierce is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 56
David Hyde Pierce (born April 3, 1959) is an American actor and director. He is best known for playing psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier, for which he won four Primetime ...more
Clay Aiken is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 40
Clayton Holmes "Clay" Aiken (born Clayton Holmes Grissom; November 30, 1978) is an American singer, television personality, actor, politician, and activist. He first gained fame when ...more
Will Young is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 40
William Robert Young (born 20 January 1979) is a British singer-songwriter and actor from Wokingham, England, who came to prominence after winning the 2002 inaugural series of the ITV talent ...more
Rufus Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 45
Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is an American-Canadian singer, songwriter, and composer. He has recorded seven albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and ...more
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 59
Nathan Lane (born Joseph Lane; February 3, 1956) is an American actor and writer. He has played the roles of Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in ...more
Dale Winton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 63
Dale Jonathan Winton (22 May 1955 – 18 April 2018) was an English radio DJ and television presenter. He presented the shows Dale's Supermarket Sweep from 1993 until 2001 and again in 2007, the ...more
Sean Hayes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 48
Sean Patrick Hayes (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, singer and producer. He is best known for his role as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, for which he won ...more
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 53 (1840-1893)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (English: chy-KOF-skee; Russian: Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский, tr. Pyótr Ilʹyích Chaykóvskiy, IPA: [pʲɵtr ɪlʲˈjitɕ tɕɪjˈkofskʲɪj] (listen); 7 May 1840 ...more
Barney Frank is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 78
Barnett Frank (born March 31, 1940) is an American former politician. He served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013. A Democrat, Frank served as ...more
Richard Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 84
George Richard Chamberlain (born March 31, 1934) is an American stage and screen actor and singer, who became a teen idol in the title role of the television show Dr. Kildare (1961–1966). He ...more
Tom Ford is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 57
Thomas Carlyle Ford (born August 27, 1961) is an American fashion designer and filmmaker. He launched his eponymous luxury brand in 2006, having previously served as the Creative Director at ...more
Dennis Nilsen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 73
Dennis Andrew Nilsen (23 November 1945 – 12 May 2018) was a Scottish serial killer and necrophile who murdered at least twelve young men between 1978 and 1983 in London, England. Convicted at ...more
Harvey Milk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 48 (1930-1978)
Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician and the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, where he was elected to the San ...more
Marc Almond is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 61
Peter Mark Sinclair "Marc" Almond, (born 9 July 1957) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Almond first began performing and recording in the synthpop/new wave duo Soft Cell. ...more
Aleister Crowley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 72 (1875-1947)
Aleister Crowley (; born Edward Alexander Crowley; 12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He founded the ...more
Liberace is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 68 (1919-1987)
Władziu Valentino Liberace (May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987) was an American pianist, singer and actor. A child prodigy born in Wisconsin to parents of Italian and Polish origin, Liberace ...more
Graham Chapman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 48 (1941-1989)
Graham Arthur Chapman (8 January 1941 – 4 October 1989) was an English comedian, writer, actor, author, and one of the six members of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python. He played ...more
Dean Corll is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 34 (1939-1973)
Dean Arnold Corll (December 24, 1939 – August 8, 1973) was an American serial killer who abducted, raped, tortured, and murdered at least 28 teenage boys and young men between 1970 and 1973 in ...more