17 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters

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With Ellen Page being the latest movie star to come out, it seems fitting that we make a list to show that some of your favorite “straight” actors are not actually all that straight. Some of these actors might be a surprise to you because their characters are known for being as straight as an arrow. We have to admit that we were even shocked with a couple of them! I guess that is why they are called actors.

1. Neil Patrick Harris , ‘How I Met Your Mother’

Probably the most famous modern instance of a gay actor playing a straight role is Harris’s portrayal of the womanizing Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother.” Stinson is not only a straight character, but is an aggressively straight one, who picks up women with charm and ease nearly every episode.  He also is best known for his portrayal as teen genius “Doogie Howser . Not only can he act but sing and dancing is also big on Harris’ resume! He has been hosting the Tonys for so long, it is hard to imagine anyone else doing it. He is in a long-term relationship with actor David Burtka and has two beautiful twins, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace were born on October 12, 2010.

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