45 Actors Who Went Gay For Pay

In his new Sundance flick, Daniel Radcliffe joins a long list of straight actors who have portrayed LGBT characters on the big screen.

1. Robert Redford, “Inside Daisy Clover”

Redford played a closeted homosexual married to a female recording star.

ID: 826914

2. Marlon Brando, “Reflections in a Golden Eye”

Brando portrays a married, repressed homosexual on an Army base in the 1940s.

ID: 826925

3. William Hurt, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”

Hurt is a jailed gay main who falls in love with his cell mate.

ID: 826944

4. Harry Hamlin, “Making Love”

Hamlin is a married man coming to terms with his homosexuality.

ID: 827700

5. Hugh Grant, “Maurice”

Grant plays a student who falls in love with the title character of the film.

ID: 827692

6. James Wilby, “Maurice”

Wilby is the main character in a tale of homosexual love in early 20th century England.

ID: 827686

7. River Phoenix, “My Own Private Idaho”

Phoenix is a gay street hustler who travels back to his hometown in Idaho.

ID: 826951

8. Antonio Banderas, “Philadelphia”

Banderas is Hank’s partner Miguel Álvarez in this film about AIDS and HIV.

ID: 827288

9. Tom Hanks, “Philadelphia”

Hanks is a closeted homosexual lawyer who contracts HIV in this courtroom drama.

ID: 826961

10. Will Smith, “Six Degrees of Separation”

Smith stars as a gay con-artist.

ID: 826967

11. Leonardo DiCaprio, “Total Eclipse”

DiCaprio appears as a French poet Arthur Rimbaud who engaged in a passionate romance with fellow poet, Paul Verlaine.

ID: 826975

12. Robin Williams, “The Birdcage”

Williams plays the owner of a South Beach drag club who has to play it straight when his son’s future in-laws come to visit.

ID: 826990

13. Greg Kinnear, “As Good As It Gets”

Kinnear portrays a gay artist who learns to bond with his obsessive compulsive and judgmental neighbor.

ID: 827009

14. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, “Velvet Goldmine”

Rhys Meyers stars as a Bowie-like, gay rockstar.

ID: 827012

15. Matt Damon, “The Talented Mr. Ripley”

Damon stars as an identity theft who has deep obsessions with his male counterparts.

ID: 827052

16. Hilary Swank, “Boys Don’t Cry”

Swank portrays a transgender man who is savagely murdered.

ID: 827093

17. Dennis Quaid, “Far From Heaven”

Quaid embodies the character of a married man who is caught cheating on his wife with another man.

ID: 827697

18. Ed Harris, “The Hours”

Harris stars opposite of Streep as a HIV-stricken poet.

ID: 827190

19. Meryl Streep, “The Hours”

Streep plays the other half of Harris’ story as a lesbian married to him.

ID: 827155

20. Christina Ricci, “Monster”

Ricci plays Theron’s devoted lover.

ID: 827196

21. Charlize Theron, “Monster”

Theron stars in the true story of a prostitute turned serial killer.

ID: 827193

22. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “Mysterious Skin”

Gordon-Levitt stars as a sexually abused man who turns to prostitution.

ID: 827198

23. Jake Gyllenhaal, “Brokeback Mountain”

Gyllenhaal shares a romance with Ledger in a movie about closeted gay cowboys.

ID: 827208

24. Heath Ledger, “Brokeback Mountain”

Ledger plays the other half of the secret relationship that takes place backwoods of Wyoming.

ID: 827206

25. Felicity Huffman, “Transamerica”

Huffman stars as a transsexual woman, who goes on a road trip with her long-lost son.

ID: 827272

26. Cillian Murphy, “Breakfast On Pluto”

Murphy plays a transgender woman searching for love and her long-lost mother.

ID: 828426

27. Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Capote”

Hoffman portrays Truman Capote in this biopic.

ID: 827213

28. James Franco, “Milk”

Franco stars as Harvey Milk’s lover.

ID: 827221

29. Emile Hirsch, “Milk”

Hirsch appears as Harvey Milk’s mentee.

ID: 827215

30. Sean Penn, “Milk”

And Penn captures the world of the gay rights activist.

ID: 827224

31. Colin Firth, “A Single Man”

Firth embodies the world of a depressed British professor mourning the loss of his partner.

ID: 827230

32. Nicholas Hoult, “A Single Man”

Hoult plays a student who crosses the boundaries of student-teacher relationships with Firth’s character.

ID: 828431

33. Sacha Baron Cohen, “Bruno”

Cohen stars as an outlandish, gay Austrian fashion journalist in this mockumentary.

ID: 827267

34. Jim Carrey, “I Love You Phillip Morris”

Carrey stars as an inmate who falls in love with an inmate.

ID: 827235

35. Ewan McGregor, “I Love You Phillip Morris” / “Velvet Goldmine”

McGregor plays Carrey’s love interest in I Love You Phillip Morris (pictured). In a prior role, McGregor plays the glam-rock lover of Rhys Meyers’ character in Velvet Goldmine.

ID: 827233

36. Annette Bening, “The Kids Are Alright”

Bening shares the screen with Moore as one-half of a lesbian couple.

ID: 827241

37. Julianne Moore, “The Kids Are Alright” / “The Hours”

Moore stars as Bening’s wife and co-parent of two kids (pictured) in the indie flick. In The Hours, she stars as a confused, sexually repressed housewife who has feelings for her female neighbor.

ID: 827240

38. Bradley Cooper, “Valentine’s Day”

Cooper does a bait-and-switch on the audience when it’s revealed he’s in a same-sex relationship.

ID: 827291

39. Eric Dane, “Valentine’s Day”

Dane is revealed to be Cooper’s boyfriend.

ID: 827297

40. Benedict Cumberbatch, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Cumberbatch is a gay, nerve-wracked spy in this espionage thriller.

ID: 827327

41. Rooney Mara, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”

Mara stars as a bixsexual, goth freelance surveillance agent and researcher, who was previously played by Noomi Rapace.

ID: 828405

42. Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Plummer portrays a father who comes out very late in life.

ID: 827332

43. Casey Affleck, “ParaNorman”

Affleck voices the dumb jock older brother who reveals he’s gay at the end of this animated film.

ID: 827360

44. Ben Foster, “Kill Your Darlings”

Foster stars as William Burroughs, one of queer poets in the beat generation.

ID: 827261

45. Daniel Radcliffe, “Kill Your Darlings”

Radcliffe co-stars as Allen Ginsberg in this portrayal of a true story about a murder.

ID: 827247

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

  Your Reaction?


    Hot Buzz

    31 Reasons Potatoes Are The Best Thing At Thanksgiving


    17 Mind-Blowingly Delicious Noodles To Try In NYC


    Now Buzzing