Pitter Patter

There are certain actors that make my heart go pitter patter and can take my breath away when I see them on the screen. Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber on Star Trek: Discovery is one of them, and the new uniform this season makes him even hotter. There’s something about these new uniforms that just look great, no matter who is wearing them, but back to Cruz. When he played Enrique “Rickie” Vasquez, a troubled, gay teen, in the short-lived series My So-Called Life, Cruz was the first openly gay actor to play an openly gay character in a leading role in an American television series. That was in 1994, and I was a junior in high school. While I may not have been out, or even understood that I was gay back then, Cruz still made an impression on me. So when he was cast in Discovery as a gay doctor, I was thrilled. Who better to play one of the first two openly gay Star Trek characters than such a groundbreaking actor. Also, while over the four seasons of Discovery Cruz’s role has become more important each year, his character in the fourth season seems to have really hit its stride. Dr. Bashir on Deep Space Nine and Dr. McCoy on the original Star Trek have always been my favorite Star Trek doctors, Dr. Culber has surpassed them.

There are other actors that always get me hot and bothered. One of those actors is Luke Macfarlane. You’re probably all going, “Who?” Macfarlane first notable role was as Scotty Wandell on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters from 2006-2011. He was the husband to Kevin Walker (played by Matthew Rhys), one of the “brothers” of the show. He was also a main character in the Sci-Fi Channel (and Canada’s Space Channel) show Killjoys from 2015-2019. Also, if you watch any Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, he’s on of their go-to actors. Most recently he was in the Micheal Urie and Kathy Najimy Christmas movie on Netflix Single All the Way as the gorgeous fitness/ski instructor James (see above picture). I watched the movie last night and enjoyed it. I have not seen Macfarlane in a lot of stuff since I had seen him in Killjoys, but when he came on the screen in Single All the Way, I think my heart literally skipped a beat.

There are many gay actors that I love, and a few that aren’t gay, that make my heart go pitter patter. One that never fails me is Colton Haynes. I have been in love with him since I first saw pictures of him making out with another male model in the now defunct XY Magazine. Years later, he was in Teen Wolf and Arrow. What’s amazing about Haynes is that he’s been a successful model and actor but has also suffered from severe anxiety all of his life. Sadly, he dealt with that anxiety with drugs and alcohol, but as I understand it, he is finally sober and doing well these days.

So what actors, particularly gay ones, make your heart go pitter patter?

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

5 responses to “Pitter Patter

  • bryandspellman

    Wilson Cruz is also my favorite Discovery character, and I agree with you on the new uniforms. I first noticed Cruz in the 2005-2006 series Noahs ARC where he played a recurring character (he was in 8 of 17 episodes). If you haven’t seen Noah’s ARC, I highly recommend the show about the lives of four black gay men in Los Angeles. Cruz played, surprise, the doctor who treated the main characters for STDS among other things. Looking up his profile on IMDB, I was amazed to see how much work he has done–and how much I have missed. Guess I’ll have to do some binge watching on ROKU.

    • Joe

      I did watch Noah’s Arc. It was a really good show. I had forgotten that Cruz was in that. I also liked Darryl Stephens from that show.

      One thing that amazes me about Cruz is that he’s four years older than me. He certainly looks good for 47.

  • Steve

    My putter patter is Matt Bohmer! 🥰🏳️‍🌈❤️

  • forever a lost boy

    For me it is Patrick Warburton. I’ve been attracted to him for over twenty years, ever since seeing him in News Radio when I was a teen. I’ve always got the dreamy eyes when he pops up on screen in something. Watching him on Rules of Engagement, I just wanted to snuggle with him. His voice, his size, his demeanor, the fact that he’s older than me…makes me feel warm and secure while watching him.

    I’ve got a couple other long-time celebrity crushes, but I’ll refrain from turning this into a list. Patrick Warburton is my Puddy Patter. 🙂

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