In an a new interview broadcast Tuesday, actor Joel Grey discussed coming out gay at 82.

Grey is best known for playing the Master of Ceremonies in the stage and film versions of Cabaret.

Last year, he told PEOPLE that he's “a gay man.”

Grey married actress Jo Wilder in 1958. Together they have 2 children. The marriage ended 24 years later, in 1982.

Appearing on NPR's Fresh Air to promote his new memoir, Master of Ceremonies, Grey said that he “had already been out for about 10, 15 years to his close friends and his coworkers.”

He said that he believed that being gay was a “career breaker.”

“What changed for you that enabled you to come out publicly?” host Terry Gross asked.

“The law,” Grey answered, referring to gay couples marrying and starting families.

“I was grateful for all of that happening. And it was just one day that I was walking around thinking, life is not what it was. It's changed, and you've changed. You'd better say it out loud. And I stood there in the sunshine and said, I'm a gay man,” Grey said.

“Can I ask if you have a partner?”

“I do not.”

“Would you like to?”

“I don't know why – I have great, great friends, very intimate relationships, but I've found a peace living, making photographs, acting in great shows like Chicago and Wicked and Anything Goes, and loving the cohorts in those shows,” Grey answered.

“It seems my life is pretty full,” he added.