Broadway legend Joel Grey comes out

  • People
  • Saturday, 31 Jan 2015

Actor Joel Grey, famous for his role as the emcee in Cabaret opposite Liza Minnelli, publicly reveals that he is gay.

The 82-year-old actor, who was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years and is the father of actress Jennifer Grey, tells People magazine that his family and friends have known about his sexuality.

“I don’t like labels,” Grey is quoted as saying. “But if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man.”

In the article published on Jan 30, Grey discusses his childhood in Cleveland, Ohio, and hearing grownups speak about gay men being jailed for their sexuality. Grey admits it was around the same time that he realised his attraction to both girls and boys.

Joel Grey seen at the world premiere of the 40th anniversary restoration of the film Cabaret  in Hollywood, California in 2012. – Reuters

Grey rose to fame after he originated the role of the Master of Ceremonies in the Broadway musical Cabaret in 1966 and won the Tony Award for his performance. He won an Academy Award for playing the same character in the 1972 film version as well.

Jennifer Grey, best known for her role in 1987’s Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze, tells People magazine that she’s pleased her father feels comfortable and secure enough to publicly declare his sexuality.

“Mostly because more people are free to own their true nature and can hopefully come closer to love and accept themselves as they really are, no matter what age, no matter how long it takes, to finally be free of the lies or half truths. It is freedom,” she says. – Reuters

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