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Tom Hanks

When Tom Hanks won his first Oscar for playing a gay, AIDS-infected lawyer in "Philadelphia," he thanked his high school drama teacher, Rawley Farnsworth. Hanks had asked Farnsworth for permission to use his name in the speech if he won, but didn't mention the part about calling him one of the "finest gay Americans" on national television. This was a potential problem as Farnsworth had kept his sexuality private up until that point. The former Skyline High School teacher was fine with it, and the speech served as the inspiration for the 1997 movie "In & Out," starring Kevin Kline as the inspiring teacher.