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Meet The Bear Icons. Grrrrr.


While there was no clear winner in our Bears vs. Twinks war last week, the one thing we learned is that you love your gay ursines. Introducing a new feature here at Queerty— “Icons” will look at the faces and personalities that shape your world. We couldn’t think of a better place to start than with the wonderful world of bears. We asked you for some of your favorites and after screening out Yogi, Paddington and Fozzie (you voted for ‘Bart Simpson’ in your high school student elections, didn’t you?), here’s your favorite fuzzy, wuzzy bear icons.

The Bear How You Know Him
Why You Want Him In Your Cave
Tom Colicchio
Head judge of Top Chef, owner of meat-centric restaurant Craft. Colicchio is both gruff and tender to the Top Chef kids and gamely accepts his status as bear icon, even if he starts to sweat and smile when its mentioned. Plus, he can cook and we all know food is the way to a man’s heart.
Jonathan Frakes
Commander William Ryker of the Starship Enterprise. Besides directing the only good TNG film, Frakes also has taken the status as ‘bear icon’ as a compliment.  The way you can tell if you’re watching a good episode of The Next Generation is whether or not Ryker has his beard.
Jack Black
Omnipresent comedian and occasional animated panda. While the moral of Kung Fu Panda seems to be, “Don’t worry if you never try at anything, you can still be a success”, Black is a decidedly unsentimental dude. To top it off, he played Jesus in “Prop 8: The Musical”
Bob Hoskins
Irascible British actor, friend to animated rabbits. For gays of a certain age, Eddie Valiant is still their first crush.  Hoskins has a knack for playing ornery and mean and with the accent, he’s a double threat
Kevin Smith
Indie film director and huge dork. Has posed on the cover of A Bear’s Life magazine and has said, “If I were into cock, I’d have my pick of the pricks”, which admittedly, is pretty damn cute, even if we can’t remember the last time he made a movie worth seeing.
John Goodman
Roseanne’s TV hubbie, Cohen Brothers go-to actor. A bear of the sweet variety, Goodman, whether he’s playing a hard-scrabble husband or sorta neocon Walter Sobchak, Goodman is the sort of all-American Joe you want to have a beer with while cuddling by the fireplace.
James Corden
Creator of the BBC’s Gavin & Stacey, star of Lesbian Vampire Killers. Besides making some funny British TV, Corden deserves major props for giving Daniel Radcliffe a thirty-second long kiss at the Theatregoer’s Choice Awards in February. Go ahead, watch it for yourself.
Alec Baldwin
Head of GE Television Programming and Microwave Ovens Divison. This one came as a surprise. We had no idea that Alec Baldwin was a bear icon! Baldwin, when he’s not cursing out his daughter or stumping for the Democrats, is quite possibly the funniest man on TV right now.  We would go on a date with him in a heartbeat.
Harvey Fierstein
Third male lead in Death to Smoochy. Just kidding! The author of The Torch Song Trilogy, Harvey’s basically a one-man gay institution.  Straddling the indie and mainstream world’s with equal footing, his gravely voice is as unmistakable as his razor wit.
Jack Radcliffe
Former porn star. In the bear porn industry, Radcliffe is God. It’s easy to see why– if Plato were a bear, this would be his ideal.
The Bear How You Know Him
Why You Want Him In Your Cave

This may be the most fun we’ve had in ages. Let us know your favorite bear icons in the comments.

By:           Japhy Grant
On:           Apr 8, 2009
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    • dgz

      i’m in dork heaven due to your inclusion of jonathan frakes. thank you, queerty! you’re my imzadi.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 7:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Mixner
      David Mixner

      damn, left off one more list…..laughter…..If I am not a bear, no one is!

      Apr 8, 2009 at 8:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • m2mswva

      I’m torn between Jonathan Frakes, Alec Baldwin and Jack Radcliff. I’ll let you know after the fourgy in my head is over.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 8:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ggreen

      Kevin Smith, when he does gay jokes they are funny. Whats the reverse of homophobic? Gay progressive? That’s him.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 9:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • niles

      Love sexy Jack Black.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 9:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Z reveals
      Z reveals

      Jack Black is eeewww!

      Apr 8, 2009 at 9:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TutTut

      Bob Hoskins is British,born in Suffolk and brought up in north London.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 9:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • samhain

      Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham, from the Toronto band Fucked Up! Plus he gets naked at the drop of a hat.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 9:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TikiHead

      Anyone else seeing the formatting of the chart all messed up? I’ve tried two browsers.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 10:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RobinNYC

      NO SETH ROGEN? Come ON!

      But, oh, Colicchio. I’ve had his pork belly. Salty and tender.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 10:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • An Other Greek
      An Other Greek

      ed asner?

      Apr 8, 2009 at 10:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jonathan

      @TikiHead: Yeah, I’ve got that problem too.

      And I agree- where’s Seth Rogen? But yeah, basically down with the first 3 and after that, meh…

      Apr 8, 2009 at 10:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kevin (not that one)
      kevin (not that one)

      Jack Radcliffe no longer does porn.

      He’s a realtor in San Francisco.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 10:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Anger
      David Anger

      Mike Kitchens from Window Media is everyone’s favorite bear. He is slap on some leather and be at a bear party at the drop of a dirty dildo. Having known him at conferences for over 10 years, I have had the chance to participate in many adventures with him.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 11:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stop! Or My Daddy Will Shoot!
      Stop! Or My Daddy Will Shoot!


      Apr 8, 2009 at 11:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Damian

      Definately Jonathen Frakes!!!…

      What about the guy from Reaper (dunno his name)

      Or the Mythbusters!!!!…Jamie and Adam…. Beret anyone???

      Apr 8, 2009 at 12:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • drevolutionary1

      Number one… make it so!

      Apr 8, 2009 at 12:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kevin (not that one)
      kevin (not that one)

      The bear culture can include leather folks but it’s not a hallmark of what a “bear” is to slap on leather for a bear event. Most guys wear denim.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 12:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RomanHans

      You know this page looks like shit with Safari, right?

      Apr 8, 2009 at 1:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Otterific

      Scott Caan? James Caan’s son? What a hot musclecub! Talk about beef…. I am not into any scene, but do enjoy the bear scene. Yet, I have issues with bears sometimes. They play it off like they are so masculine that being fem is a bad thing. Just look at A Bear’s Life magazine, which is also called ‘For the masculine man’..wtf? I just think that’s stupid. Bears and gay men in general do not have to prove how masc they are and shouldn’t.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 1:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GranDiva

      John Goodman is a butch dyke icon. Margaret Cho says so.

      I do think it’s a bit funny that Frank Martini advertises his real estate work in all the bear rags he used to pose for as Jack Radcliffe.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GranDiva

      @David Mixner: David, you’ll always be number one FOB bear in my heart…

      Apr 8, 2009 at 1:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tom

      James Gandolfini all the way! Who’s with me?

      Apr 8, 2009 at 1:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sampson

      This page looks terrible in Chrome too.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 2:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • osocubano

      Jack black is not a bear, he’s just a fat guy.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 2:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John

      Half of these aren’t what I had classed as ‘bears’, but are more just fatties. That said, if these fatties are classed as bears, then that means i’m a bear too! Dreams come true!

      Apr 8, 2009 at 2:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • strumpetwindsock

      All fairly pale, and most of them as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

      These guys aren’t exactly bear icons, but they know how to grow beards, at least:

      Apr 8, 2009 at 3:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kevin (not that one)
      kevin (not that one)

      Does anyone other than me remember the brief time when women were accepted into the bear subculture?

      Back in the early 90s, when I use to frequent the Lonestar in SF, there were a few women who idenfied with the Bear culture and hung out there. The early days of the Bear subculture were a lot less rigid or defined regarding who “was” and who “wasn’t”.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 3:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ben

      @Z reveals: I had a very sexy romantic dream about Jack Black once. I chuckled when I woke

      Apr 8, 2009 at 5:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kid A
      Kid A

      @RomanHans: I think that says more about your choice of browser than it does about the site ;)

      Apr 8, 2009 at 6:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK

      Obesity is a serious epidemic in this country, and excessive facial hair can leave marks.

      Big Dan Teague? Ooookay…walter as a bear’s funny as hell….where’s rick warren and rush?

      Apr 8, 2009 at 7:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • strumpetwindsock

      @Kid A:
      No. It was screwed on my firefox browser too.
      They have since fixed it.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 7:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mb00

      hmm…none of them really strike my fancy, but if I had to chose, I’d say Alec Baldwin. The others don’t do a thing for me. However, my bf has had a huge boner for Jack Black for quite a few years.
      I like the guy that is competing in Hell’s Kitchen, Ben is his name. He’s the Jewish guy. I think he’s super hot.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 8:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tim

      Billy Mays–the infomercial bear that yells at you to buy the latest gadget. Grrr

      Apr 8, 2009 at 9:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ben
      Ben [Different person #1 using similar name]


      Yeah does Scott Caan count? My god. If he does…

      I can positively say I lean towards the bear side, but not many of these guys do it for me. I think maybe I’m more “handsome mountain man” loving than just overweight hairy guys. Fit, handsome guys with scruff and bearish, outdoorsy qualities, count me in.

      Apr 8, 2009 at 9:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mb00

      @RobinNYC: OMG!!! totally, I totally forgot about him. He’s so HOT!!!
      I like him. He would be my total first pic of “celeb bears”.

      Apr 10, 2009 at 7:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • david

      Alec Baldwin = Man Candy!

      Apr 10, 2009 at 5:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fred

      That’s a good list except Harvey Fierstein does not belong there. Replace him with Father “Pink Eyes” Damian from the band Fucked Up!

      May 12, 2009 at 10:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mike

      Frank Martini/Jack Radcliffe is an escort in FTL FL. I wonder why a hot porn star like him have to do that and try to please all.

      May 18, 2011 at 3:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Knowitall

      That bear flag is wrong. There’s no second dark brown stripe in the original.

      Jun 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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