Joel Grey, Cabaret's Emcee, comes out as gay

Cabaret's Joel Grey has come out as gay

Joel Grey who won an Oscar for his performance in Cabaret alongside Liza Minnelli, has come out as gay.

The 82-year-old was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years with whom he had two children.

The actor, who created the role of Emcee, or Master of Ceremonies, in the Broadway and film versions of the hit musical, told People magazine that his family and friends had known about his sexuality.

"I don't like labels," he said, "but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."

He revealed that he had known from his childhood that he was attracted to girls and boys.

He also remembered hearing adults talking derisively about "fairies" and about men being dragged off to jail for being gay.

"I remember knowing I wanted to make a family and be an actor but I'd come to realise, along with being attracted to girls, I had similar feelings for boys," he told the magazine.
"I struggled mightily not to be that person, which would make my dreams an impossibility."

His daughter, Jennifer Grey, who starred in Dirty Dancing, said that she was proud that her father had come out.

"Mostly because the 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 said.

Joel Grey with Liza Minnelli in the movie version of Cabaret

Joel Grey with Liza Minnelli in the movie version of Cabaret