Black Gay Actors in Hollywood: 8 Gay Brothers in Movies and Television

Black Gay Actors in Hollywood. This is Part II of our black gay male celebrities series. This time, we are focusing on your favorite out African-American movie and TV stars.

Doug Spearman. Most known for his role in Noah’s Arc, Doug actually has 20 acting credits as well as two producing/directing credits to his name.

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Darryl Stephens. How cute and hunky is Darryl? Oh my effin’ gawd! Who wouldn’t want to do the dirty with this man?

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Here’s what Darryl says about being a black gay actor in Hollywood:

I’ve been given the blessing to play many gay stories, but I wouldn’t say I’m playing the same character, which is what I see typecasting as…

There’s the assumption that black folks are more homophobic than other folks. I don’t think that’s true, but I think we are aware of limits this culture places on us as black men. We have 15 seconds to get our foot in the door and if we don’t, we’re in the dark forever. Black actors are very aware that they have to work hard at remaining commercially viable.

Keith Hamilton Cobb. Our friend Kevin is most surprised when he learned that this looker of a man is a friend of Dorothy.

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David Dust ( has the details on Keith’s coming out:

Relaxing backstage at the Red Bull Theater in New York City, actor Keith Hamilton Cobb is adamant; “I never denied I was Gay,” he says.

Possibly best known for the super macho Tyr Anasazi on the sci-fi series ‘Andromeda’, Cobb was blase. “I mean I’m nearly fifty, never was linked with a woman. The few ‘red carpet’ affairs I attended were set up by the studio; an obvious set up. This can’t be a surprise.”

Maurice Jamal. Maurice Jamal is probably most known for his stint as Corey on the TV series Friends & Lovers as well as for his movies Dirty Laundry and The Ski Trip.

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Here’s a quote from Maurice on LGBT’s in the entertainment industry.

LGBT is amazing. It just is. It’s not always easy, but nothing great ever is. But the reality is that the LGBT are the trend settlers across the entertainment industry and artistic landscape. Yet often our voices and perspectives aren’t fully appreciated. Sometimes because of prejudice. And sometimes because of our own belief that we can’t be who we are, and do what we do.

Maurice Murrell. A native of Plainfield, New Jersey, Maurice Murrell starred in the gay comedy romance dramas Finding Me and Finding Me: Truth. Sadly, Maurice passed away in 2011.

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RuPaul. He may be more famous as a drag performer but RuPaul actually has 50 acting credits to his name. Way to go, sister!

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Colman Domingo. Colman is currently seen in AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead.

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When Colman came out, his family was very supportive of him. From

‘Usually, stories you hear involve violence and trauma but I grew up in a normal house,’ he says. ‘The issues were about different things that are also very human.’

One of those issues was Domingo’s coming out: a revelation that was met with a show of love. ‘It’s an experience I’d like to add to the chorus,’ he says, ‘that these blue-collar, macho men, like my older brother, had the capacity to say: “I don’t care, I love you anyway.”

Billy Porter. Aside from acting in movies and TV shows, Billy is also a stage actor and has, in fact, won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in Kinky Boots at the 67th Tony Awards. Here’s Billy as Lola:

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Nathan Lee Graham. Like Billy above, Nathan is also a triple threat when it comes to acting. He’s done movies, he’s done TV shows, and he’s done Broadway. Oh, he’s a singer too. He was a soloist for the Grammy Award-winning Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience which won the Best Classical Album in 2006.

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That’s it for now, Famewatchers. If we missed some black gay actors in the list, do tell in the comments and we will include them in an update.