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Reader's Poll: The 25 Most Important LGBT Actors and Actresses

By /bent | /Bent June 17, 2014 at 6:21PM

In the second of 10 lists announcing the results of our first annual Reader's Poll, we count down the 25 most important LGBT actors and actresses since Stonewall, according to you.
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5. Rock Hudson - 106

Born: 1925 in Winnetka, Illinois
Died: 1985 in Beverly Hills, California
Came Out Publicly: Was outed during his struggle with AIDS largely via a People magazine article.
Notable Roles: "Giant," "Pillow Talk," "Come September," "Dynasty"


4. Neil Patrick Harris - 120

Born: 1973 in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Came Out Publicly: In 2006.
Notable Roles: "Clara's Heart," "Doogie Howser, MD," "How I Met Your Mother," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"


3. Ellen DeGeneres - 122

Born: 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana 
Came Out Publicly: In 1997.
Notable Roles: "Ellen," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"


2. Jodie Foster - 135

Born: 1962 in Los Angeles, California
Came Out Publicly: Kinda sorta in 2013 (see below)
Notable Roles: "Taxi Driver," "The Accused," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Nell," "Contact," "Panic Room," "The Beaver"


1. Sir Ian McKellen - 205

Born: 1939 in Burnley, England
Came Out Publicly: 1988

Notable Roles: "Plenty," "Richard III," "Gods and Monsters," the "X-Men" and "Lord of the Rings" films. 


Check out all the results for every poll here.