Until recently, Steven Carrington, of the Denver Carringtons, was the only upfront gay (with occassional spells of heterosexual backsliding) on primetime network television. Jack Coleman, of the Easton, Pa., Colemans, is often asked, nonverbally, with speculative glances, and even point-blank out loud, whether he himself, that is if …
"Was Alan Alda a surgeon in the Korean War?" is one of Coleman’s large stock of stock answers. Sometimes the question is sent on a sneakier tangent. "How do you resemble the charater you play?"
"We’re the same height," he often answers caustically, although in truth, at a rangy 6-feet-2, he seems taller than the man he plays, but this might be because everyone is smaller on television. Then the highly trained, technically aware actor speaks: "I wouldn’t say what Steven says, but he says it the way I would. To get any kind of three-dimensional reality, you have to bring your own reality to it."
(TV Guide - August 3rd, 1985)
I just love that he had stock answers even back then.
The best one so far: “I was invisible for most of the 90’s”