Monday, August 26, 2013

Openly Gay Prison Break Star Has Memphis Connection

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Wentworth Miller
  • Wentworth Miller

Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, who plays Michael Scofield on the series, recently came out in a letter posted to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) website declining an invitation to the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival in Russia due to that country's anti-gay legislation banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations."

Although Miller was born in England while his father, Wentworth Miller II, was studying at Oxford, Miller has family ties in Memphis. He's the great-grandson of Dr. Greene Forte Pinkston, one of the first African Americans to practice medicine in Memphis. Pinkston was the grandson of freed Mississippi slaves and died in 1963.

Wentworth Miller was in Memphis for a 2007 family reunion of Pinkston's descendants. Miller was named "sexiest deep thinker" by People Magazine in 2007.

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