Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Blind Item #8 - Old Hollywood

Which A/B-list character actor who specialized in a certain genre for most of his career was also gay? It was kind of an open secret throughout Hollywood, even after he married that foreign-born character actress and lesbian. The same actor said that the best sex he ever had was with one of his early costars, this bisexual A-list foreign born leading man. He said he was hung like a horse.

54 comments:

Basil said...

Tony Randall?

Glitter said...

Charles Laughton? Married to Elsa Lancaster. Best sex ever: Cary Grant.

Renoblondee said...

Yay! Old HWood! No guess yet.

Kno Won Uno said...

Is he considered a character actor, though,à la Peter Lorre?

Zelda Zonk said...

I love these too! But no guesses :(

Kno Won Uno said...

Oooh, love the Charles Laughton guess! I can never picture Charles Laughton & Elsa Lanchester having sex. (not that I dedicate much time to it)

Glitter said...

Charles and Cary were in a 1932 movie Devil in the Deep.

Zelda Zonk said...

He was, and did marry a German actress

jane3113 said...

Balls Deep?

Kno Won Uno said...

Just found a snippet about Laughton & Tyrone Power.

EvieShackles said...

They were married 30 years without kids.. good guess. I just hope it's not w/ C.G though!

Charis said...

Since it doesn't mention the actor being foreign born, I'm going with Vincent Price.

MISCH said...

But Charles was English…isn't the actor American and the wife foreign ?

Zelda Zonk said...

And he was in Arsenic and Old Lace with Cary Grant, this works

OneEyeCharlie said...

Vincent Price

EvieShackles said...

Good point... doesn't say main actor was foreign born... he just liked the foreign born beards and lovers.

Count Jerkula said...

Karloff.

Kno Won Uno said...

Actor's country of origin not really clarified, oddly.

Charis said...

Vincent Price. Coral Brown, 3rd wife. Errol Flynn for the bisexual lover -- movie Elizabeth & Essex

Kno Won Uno said...

Vincent Price's wife born in Australia. If it's not Laughton, I'll go with Price.
He was in EVERYTHING.

FSP said...

Marty Feldman

Kno Won Uno said...

Elizabeth & Essex....I watch it every single time it slides past on TCM.

Glitter said...

I like the Vincent Price guess, too. He was known for the horror genre.

Oopsy_Daisy said...

Definitely Vincent Price (horror genre), Coral Browne (born in Australia, Catholic but not children, married to first husband 14 years, Price for 17), and Errol Flynn (born in Australia, known to be hung.)

crila16 said...

Carey Grant for the bi guy.

crila16 said...

I heard Errol Flynn was gay all the way, not Bi. Carey was the one that was Bi in hollywood.

lazyday603 said...

Could this be British actor Alan Young? He was the star of Mr Ed which would qualify as a costar who is hung like a horse.

sandybrook said...

Vi cent Price sounds good but he was married most of his life to 3 different women. However I do think its someone in horror like Karloff or Bela Lugosi.

anda marie said...

I was thinking Valentino

MISCH said...

Price had a daughter from wife #2 and a son from wife # 1.

Humor Me said...

Charles Laughton was gay with elsa as his beard; that one has been known for years.

I'll go with John Wayne - his bio is coming out and DM had blurbs. (No this one).

sandybrook said...

John Wayne was A+ even Enty wouldn't rate him like that.
And Karloff and Lugosi from me above is also wrong.

Frosty said...

I'm on the Charles Laughton/Elsa Lanchester bus.

EvieShackles said...

Since the theme seems to be All things Canada.. are any of the actors Canadian? ;-) Maybe this is all leading up to Dean McDermott reveals later in the week.

QueenAnne Guido said...

Vincent Price and Coral Brown. Horror as the specialty genre.

Rumored to be more than average in endowment.

A gif of Coral dying in Theater of Blood anyo?

auntliddy said...

Price and coral were together for ages but never married.

Topper Madison said...

Careful...John Wayne is sacrosanct. In fact, I think besmirching his image is considered treason.

anda marie said...

Danny Kaye, musicals, and Lawrence Oliver.

MISCH said...

@anda marie

oh this is good, his wife was his partner she wrote most of his material…they had 1 daughter.

anda marie said...

I remember my mom telling me when we would see his old movies that Danny was gay, and it was an open secret back then.

Babbitty Snob said...

Vincent & Coral were indeed married. I met them a few times at social functions in New York. The nicest people in the world and she was a devastating wit! This blind is about them, no doubt. As for the "hung" fellow he enjoyed...can't say, since Vincent appeared with just about everybody...right up to Barry Williams!

JW said...

Vincent Price and Yul Brynner. Film was the 10 Commandments.

Jessie said...

Errol Flynn was gay?! So "In like Flynn" has been misappropriated this whole time?

Sherry said...

I think everyone that mentioned it got it with JW adding the final person...
Vincent, Coral, Yul..Remember the biography I mentioned of Marlene? She also mentioned that Yul was incredibly hung (to her daughter obviously!)

BeckyMae said...

Error Flynn was Bi....Charles Laughton was known to be gay in the 'open secret' way referenced here so my guess is him.

I have the Vincent Price Cookbook, it's hilarious! I love that man so much.....

Laura said...

I have the Vincent Price cookbook too

Northbynorthwest said...

Price, Laughton, and Kaye would not have been considered character actors in their times. They were all big stars and leading men.

Price was indeed bi, and lead a mostly sexless but for procreation, but completely emotionally devoted marriage to his 2nd wife.

Flynn does not appeared to be gay or bi actually. All the most reputable, and first-person sources on gay Hollywood in that era seem to agree. (The trouble is several shitty books have made that claim and it's been passed on.) They say Flynn was completely heterosexual, and completely insatiable and standardless in his straight likes. Hookers, very young teens. Shady shit, but totally straight.

LOL, and no Alan Young is straight. He's like one of the least suspected gay people of the era IMO. Nothing much exciting went on in that bedroom. Very much sit-com "squeaky clean". He's still alive too! At 95, still does voice work, has a website for fans. Bless him!

The possibilities on this one are actually quite a few. There's simply so many character actor lavender marriages. Bacon/Keller, Tashman/Lowe, Brett/Massey, Ethye/Cobb, Harvey/Leighton, Marais/ Parely.

Michael Redgrave/Rachel Kempson might be a good guess. Foreign, A/B list, and Michael known for being a literary adaption, British-made film actor. Worked with Michael Wilding, John Mills (could be bi, he worried he was in youth), and Dirk Bogarde early in their careers. Though I wouldn't call Dirk bisexual. Wilding was of coarse.

Marti said...

My brother-in-law drove a limo back in the early 80s. One of his passengers propositioned him -- Vincent price.

Northbynorthwest said...

^Oh ya Vincent apparently liked propositions. He was reportedly on of old era Hollywood hustler Scotty Bowers clients.

Was he polite about it? From Bowers book and others stories', they report he was an impeccable gentleman even in such carnal transactions.

Brittany said...

Clark Gable and Carol Lombard

Marti said...

Very polite after my brother-in-law declined. They had a marvelous ride and he proclaimed that Mr. Price was a class act

lazyday603 said...

My apologies to Alan Young. It was just a chance to make a Mr Ed/hung like a horse costar joke. It was not a serious guess.

di butler said...

Think you got it, Charis, with VP/EF

Aoife said...

Charles Laughton married Elsa Lancaster. Not sure who the costar would be though.