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The Cast Of "Queer As Folk" Then And Now

It’s been nearly 14 years since Showtime premiered the then groundbreaking series about the lives of gay men in Pittsburgh. Remember Babylon?

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Gale Harold as Brian Kinney

Fun Fact: When the actor was asked if he ever felt uncomfortable while filming the many intimate scenes for the show he responded, "Revealing yourself, physically or emotionally, to cast and crew is frequently uncomfortable. But it is essential if you want to to tell the truth." When Harold first auditioned for the part, he had only five dollars to his name.

Randy Harrison as Justin Taylor

Fun Fact: In 2004, Harrison made his Broadway debut as Boq in the musical Wicked and most recently appeared in the off-Broadway production of Harbor. "It's been almost all theater, but that was my mostly my intention, so I'm doing what I always wanted to do," Harrison said of his work since Queer As Folk in a 2009 interview.


Hal Sparks as Michael Novotny

Fun Fact: Sparks began performing stand up at the age of 15 and, by the time he was 17-years-old, he had won the title of "Chicago's Funniest Teenager" from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Sharon Gless as Debbie Novotny

Fun Fact: When Gless told her grandfather she wanted to pursue an acting career, he said it was "a filthy business" and that she should "stay out of it." The actress received her own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995.

Peter Paige as Emmett Honeycutt

Fun Fact: Paige is a co-creater of The Fosters on ABC. "My life’s not about being gay — although one could argue I’m pretty professionally gay — but that’s not how I experience life. Being gay is a profound part of who I am, but it isn’t all of who I am," Paige told BuzzFeed Entertainment this year.

Robert Gant as Professor Ben Bruckner

Fun Fact: Gant has admitted he never actually watched Queer As Folk before auditioning for his role. Following his work on the show, the actor stated that many young LGBT teens reached out to him directly for coming out advice.

Scott Lowell as Ted Schmidt

Fun Fact: Lowell might be recognizable from the series Bones where he has appeared as “Dr. Douglas Filmore” in several episodes. The actor also voices several characters on the animated series American Dad.

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