I’m tempted to say Tom Cruise . . . but who really knows? (Whatever might be the truth of it, I’m pretty sure the Cruise-Kidman sex video was leaked on purpose – telling the world, “I do SO have sex with my wife!”)
I agree with astorian; I have never understood why that is taken as emblematic of lesbianism. She’s a widow talking to her mother-in-law for Og’s sake… it’s basically saying you’re my family. Then her mother-in-law helps her get a husband because they’re two single women in a world not set up for self-supporting women- Ruth needs a husband and Naomi needs a son.
Anyway, regarding the OP, I find that Will “Grandpa Walton” Geer tends to surprise a lot of people. Robert Reed, Raymond Burr (who lied about ex and deceased wives), Fannie Flagg, Agnes Moorehead, Tom Hulce (imdb reports him as married but he’s not- he did become a father recently), B.D. Wong and sometimes Anne Heche may fit as well. Billy Zane (who is twice divorced) seems to be on the verge of coming out. John Mahoney (FRASIER’s dad) has never come out but doesn’t deny being gay and it’s a pretty open secret and rarely gets mentioned on gay lists.
Ben “Dude, you’re gettin’ a Dell” Curtis is sometimes on a “suspected gay” list (perhaps because he’s currently in a play play in which his character has a nude gay sex scene) but is apparently not. (His father and his sister IRL are openly gay.)
A more interesting and easier to verify thread might be “Actors you assumed were gay but weren’t”, of whom there are several (Eddie Izzard mentioned above, Tony Randall, etc.).
You know, I always thought Morrissey was gay, or bi. I checked out the list, and it posts him with no explanation, so one would just assume gay. I did a little bit of Googling and ended up finding this quote, which I think makes me respect him more than I respected him before (and I respect the man to pieces as it is):
“I refuse to recognize the terms hetero-, bi-, and homo-sexual. Everybody has exactly the same sexual needs. People are just sexual, the prefix is immaterial.”
I love this.
Sorry if it’s not completely on topic, but I would like to thank the OP for starting this topic, because I otherwise might not have found that quote, and I just love it.
Oh, but after looking at the list, for some reason, Keith Strickland (of the B-52s) being gay completely surprised me. It shouldn’t have, but it did. I had a very teenage schoolgirl crush on him when I was… well… a teenage schoolgirl
I saw a show awhile back that talked about Dan Butler, the guy who played Bulldog on Frasier, being gay. This really surprised me. I always thought it was David Hyde Pierce that was gay. I guess my gaydar ain’t what it used to be.
David Hyde Peirce is openly - albeit quietly - gay, as were the writers of his show. In fact, the only straight male who was in any way involved with the production of Frasier was Kelsey Grammer himself (who perhaps overcompensated by marrying a Playmate.)
Re: Tony Randall and several others mentioned, the ability to marry a woman and/or father a child is NOT proof of heterosexuality. (I’m not saying Randall is gay, though I have always assumed that he was. Just that one thing has nothing to do with the other.)
Re: the biblical Ruth, is it really that hard to see why some people would interpret hers as a lesbian relationship? It is (or sounds like, anyway) an absolutely lovely declaration of lesbian devotion. That’s why it was used in Fried Green Tomatos (which ALSO involved a woman who married but turned out to be a lesbian). In modern terms, I find it harder NOT to interpret it to refer to lesibianism. (See above re: marriage being no proof of heterosexuality). Also, minorities love to look for evidence of their existence in societies where they are made invisible. (Note, though, that I do NOT claim that the Ruth WAS gay, just that it is certainly easy enough to read her that way.)
Belatedly regarding the OP, may I mentioned that I was surprised to hear about Raymond Burr? Or was I mistaken in my interpretation of all of the references to his live-in companion of many years in his obituary?