Thursday, December 30, 2010
Urban Legends: Is Carl Winslow Gay?
Through my feverish google research, I can not find any record of good 'ole Reggie being married. His IMDB page lists no record either, which would make him a 58 year old bachelor. There have also been some interesting Internet rumors about him as well over the years.
My favorite however, was the rumor of him and James Avery(Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince) being gay lovers. Can you imagine? The two quintessential black TV Dad's of the 90's being romantically linked. The only thing that could possibly top that, would be a tryst between Will Smith and Darius McCrary. However, apparently James is married, so this couldn't be true, unless James got a little on the side. I, however, do not buy this rumor.
Then, most of the roles that Johnson has selected over have been as the same type of character, a cop. He played a cop in Turner and Hooch, he made a brief appearance as a cop at the end of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and in one of his most famous roles, he played Al Powell in Die Hard. I like to pretend that his name is Al, and his character is the same one from Die Hard. ABC should have done that, it could have been a great marketing tool. So does Reginald, a.k.a. Carl the Great playing cops because he likes the Village People, or because he is choosing masculine roles, so he can throw people off. Or, its because he is a portly gentlemen.
We may never know the answer to this urban myth. Reginald has stayed low since the conclusion of Family Matters, choosing bit parts in movies, and a few TV shows. Gay or not, his character, and Family Matters will always be a fond memory of my childhood. Your a legend, Carl Winslow!
Posted by Kevin Charity at 11:16 PM