Harry Hamlin will never know just how big of a movie star he could have been.
Coming off the success of the adventure flick Clash of the Titans, his debut feature, Hamlin agreed to star with Kate Jackson and Michael Ontkean in the then-groundbreaking gay-themed film Making Love.
He played a promiscuous novelist who begins an affair with a closeted married man (Ontkean) who ends up leaving his wife (Jackson).
Appearing on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live on Thursday (29 May), Hamlin talked about the film and the impact it had on his young movie career.
‘It was way before its time…It was something that I would repeat. I would do it again today, even though there was a ruffle in my career after that, for sure.’
He told host Andy Cohen that ‘a lot of people turned it down’ but that his agent at the time said he was ‘the only one who could do it’ because he was involved in a high-profile relationship with actress Ursula Andress with whom he had a son.
So the actor, now married to actress Lisa Rinna, was widely known to be straight and the thought was it would not be harmful to his career.
While the film roles stopped coming, Hamlin did not toil away in obscurity after Making Love.
He was soon the star of the enormously successful legal drama LA Law and was one of the first stars to be given the title of People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive.’
‘What it did is it created a transition for me between feature film to television,’ said Hamlin. ‘That was the last feature I did.’
Television continues to be more receptive to him including his most recent recurring role on Mad Men which earned him an Emmy nomination.