Former "Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller has has already admitted to being a “racial Lone Ranger” at times due to his multiethnic background. His father is of African-American, Jamaican, English, German, Jewish, and Cherokee background, while his white mother is of Russian, French, Dutch, Syrian, and Lebanese ancestry.
Now, the 41-year old actor has gone public with his sexual orientation. Miller went public for the first time, acknowledging that he is gay in a letter sent to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival explaining why he will not be able to attend next month.
The letter, addressed to Festival director Maria Averbakh, was posted on the GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) website reads:
“Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man I must decline.
I am deeply troubled troubled by the current attitude toward and the treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot, in good conscience, participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”
A number of gay activists have also called for the US to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, due to Russia’s anti-gay policies.
Born in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, to American parents, Miller grew up in Brooklyn. After graduating from Princeton, he found success as a model, screenwriter and producer, eventually rising to stardom as Michael Scofield in the Fox Network television series Prison Break from 2005-2009. He has also appeared in a number of other TV shows including “House, M.D." and "E.R,“ and made his screenwriting debut with the 2013 horror film Stoker.