Character Actor Richard Deacon was Gay and in the Closet, Ryan Field Gay Fiction

Character Actor Richard Deacon was Gay and in the Closet

I think Richard Deacon is best known for his role in The Dick Van Dyke Show in the early 1960s. He played many other parts during his lifetime, including Fred Rutherford on Leave it to Beaver, but when I think of Deacon I think of Mel from Dick Van Dyke’s show. 

With that said, he wasn’t someone you’d wonder about. He looked straight, he played straight parts, and I was surprised to learn that he was gay. I don’t think anyone would have guessed it. 

Deacon never married. According to academic writers David L. Smith and Sean Griffin, Deacon was gay, and was among “a number of actors and actresses who were closeted homosexuals” working in Hollywood and often employed in Disney films.

Here’s more. It was all kept very quiet back in those days, for gay men and women. And it couldn’t have been easy. 

The Wizard of Pride

The Straight Pride Parade
The Straight Pride Parade

 Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf


Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”


“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

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