‘Cabaret’ actor comes out at 82

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He won an Oscar a Tony & a Golden Globe for his role on “Cabaret” & last week he came out in People magazine
by ANT KATZ | Feb 04, 2015

His original name was Katz

Joel Grey, pictured, won an Oscar, a Tony & a Golden Globe Award, all for playing the master of ceremonies in “Cabaret” came out last week in an exclusive interview with People magazine. It’s no longer surprising for a prominent actor to come out publicly as gay. What is a little surprising, however, is when he does so at age 82.

“I don’t like labels,” he told the magazine, “but if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man.”

Grey, who was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years and is the father of actress Jennifer Grey, was already out to friends and family, but had not spoken publicly about his sexuality.

Grey’s original surname was Katz, and his father, Mickey Katz, was also an actor. In the People interview, he recalled growing up in Cleveland and “hearing the grownups talk in the next room, my mother included, talking derisively about ‘fairies’…”

In addition to his award-winning “Cabaret” performances, Grey, who is also a photographer with three books of photographs and a Museum of the City of New York exhibit to his credit, has played a wide range of roles for stage, film and television. Among the more incongruous ones, given his Jewish background: Joseph Goebbels in “The Empty Mirror” (1996), Ghost of Christmas Past in “A Christmas Carol” (1999) and the narrator in “Twas the Night Before Christmas”(1974).


His CV includes some Jewish roles as well, however: in 1994, he appeared in the show “Borscht Capades,” which the Philadelphia Inquirer described as a “kind of a Yiddish vaudeville.”  And while he may not be a Jewish doctor, he’s played them on TV, including Jude Bar-Shalom on “Brothers & Sisters” and Dr. Singer on “Grey’s Anatomy.”


  1. 2 Denis Solomons 06 Feb
    Its strange to " come out " at that age .
    Cabaret was a great movie.
    It is difficult to understand how his daughter actress Jeniffer Grey of Dirty dancing fame supported his declaration .
    It takes all types to make the world go round !
  2. 1 Samuel Shalom 09 Feb
    Why is this "important news"?

    Who really cares?

    How about what is happening with the Jews in France who plan on "coming out" of that anti-Semitic country by planning a mass exodus to Israel!

    See, there are other ways to think up truly important news.

    Homosexuality is nothing new! In the Torah, the people of Sodom and Gemora "came out" and wanted to rape the male visitors who came to their town to visit Lot the nephew of Abraham, and look what they all got for their troubles, Sodom and Gemora were burnt to the ground!

    You get the drift, Ant don't you?!


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