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TV's 'Dr. Kildare' Lashes Out at Homophobia, Advises Gay Actors Not to Come Out Advocate

Richard Chamberlain, who played the title role in television's "Dr. Kildare" and himself only came out of the closet in 2003, tells The Advocate Magazine that he wouldn't advise a "gay leading man-type actor to come out.

"There’s still a tremendous amount of homophobia in our culture. It’s regrettable, it’s stupid, it’s heartless, and it’s immoral, but there it is. For an actor to be working is a kind of miracle, because most actors aren’t, so it’s just silly for a working actor to say, ‘Oh, I don’t care if anybody knows I’m gay’--especially if you’re a leading man," Chamberlain tells the magazine.

Asked when a leading man should come out, he responded, "I have no idea. … Please, don’t pretend that we’re suddenly all wonderfully, blissfully accepted."

Chamberlain, who has appeared in guest spots on shows such as "Will & Grace" and "Nip/Tuck," came out in his autobiography when he was 69.