Straight Characters Played By Gay Actors

List of straight characters played by gay actors, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. One of the great things about being an actor is you can play characters that are different from yourself. In fact, some of the best acting on television requires actors adopting a radically different perspective. Several gay actors are famous for playing well-known straight characters in film and on television. One gay actor is best known for playing a lady-loving lawyer on a sitcom.

Who is the most famous gay actor who has played straight characters? Neil Patrick Harris tops our list. The "Doogie Howser, M.D." star has twins with his partner, David Burtka. Ironically, he plays one of the biggest fictional womanizers in TV history as Barney Stinson on "How I Met Your Mother." Likewise, Portia de Rossi played promiscuous Lindsay Bluth Funke on "Arrested Development," while in real life, the actress has been married to Ellen DeGeneres since 2008.

Mike Brady, one of the most famous TV dads, was played by gay actor Robert Reed. On "Family Ties," matriarch Elyse Keaton was played by Meredith Baxter, who came out as a lesbian in 2009. Other straight characters played by LGBT actors include Sheldon Cooper from "The Big Bang Theory" and Miranda Hobbes from "Sex and the City."

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