February 12, 2016 at 3:03 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
Joel Grey says ‘horror of homosexuality’ kept his identity secret
(Screenshot courtesy of YouTube)

(Screenshot courtesy of YouTube)

Joel Grey opened up about his sexuality, family and career during an in depth interview with the New York Times.

Grey, 83, publicly came out in an interview with People Magazine last year. Speaking with the New York Times, he discusses his memoir “Master of Ceremonies,” which was released this month, saying that the time had come to evaluate his life and career.

“I think it was a kind of coming-of-age — a late coming-of-age,” Grey says. “Finally feeling on top of it; ready to accept all the good stuff; I wake up joyous looking out at the water, feeling so lucky.”

He says that homosexuality was taboo when he was growing up and it affected his decision to hide his identity.

“There was so much early input about the horror of homosexuality,” Grey says. “I remember hearing the sound of my family talking about ‘fagelehs’ — Yiddish for little birds — and hearing all the other words, like ‘faggot.’ I remember I heard very early in my life about men being entrapped. I thought, this is bad. And we didn’t know any gay people, except a pianist that my father hired. They loved him — but he was marked.”

The actor, who is the father to “Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Grey, says that one of his goals had always been to have children.

“I always wanted children, to be a dad,” Grey says. “That was as important to me as being an actor.”

Grey has had an extensive Broadway career in productions such as “Chicago,” “Cabaret” and “Anything Goes” among others.


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