Now days a lot of people proclaim that gay actors should be able to come "out of the closet", be themselves and still get acting jobs. Hollywood is very liberal and tabloids loves when actors come out on the front cover of magazines.
Honestly though, can a gay actor really have sucess and be open about their sexuality? I don't think so. When actors come out that's when their career stalls. The audience, writers and producers only see the actor as gay and not as an actor. Most gay actor play the gay friend.
Now there was no way Rock Hudson could have come out and still had the successful career he had back in the 50/60's. He was advertised by the studios as the man every woman wanted. So coming out would have derailed his career.
Monty Cliff was an excellent actor and made some great movies but I read he was depressed most of the time. He couldn't really be himself and he abused drugs and alcohol to take away the pain. He couldn't be free to live as he liked. Everyone in Hollywood knew he was gay but you know studios still tried to get that quiet.
There are some successes such as Neil Patrick Harris and Portia De Rossi but those are few and far between. Ellen DeGeneres acting career bombed as soon as she came out but thankfully she is a stand up comic and was able to salvage her career.
What are some other opinions about this? Do others feel that a gay actor could really have a successful career.