Oct 26, 4: Many of the biggest stars from the adult film industry's so-called Golden Age — an era when VHS launched pornography into a multi-million dollar business — have come and gone. Advertisement But others are still plugging away. Here is deep look at some of vintage porn's leading actors and where they are now: Related Gallery Where are they now: Vintage porn stars Ron Jeremy Then: The former special education teacher began a drastic career change in , when his girlfriend sent naked photos of him to "Playgirl.
Jeremy agreed to participate in hopes that it would help him break into the non-adult film industry. He is still one of the most recognizable names in porn. Jeremy holds the Guinness World Record for most appearances in adult films with more than 2, Despite a health scare in , the Queens-native still directs and stars in pornographic films — he has even appeared in more mainstream movies, like "The Boondock Saints. Before starring in trailblazing pornos such as "Deep Throat" — which landed him in very public legal troubles — and "The Devil in Miss Jones," Reems appeared in multiple stag films or "loops," which were silent, short explicit adult movies.
Reems died of pancreatic cancer in Years before his death, he became a devout Christian. Advertisement Vanessa del Rio Then: She initially left the industry in at the height of the AIDS epidemic.
Del Rio came out of retirement in the late s. The legendary figure's career started in the very early s, before the Golden Age of porn. Just how many adult films Holmes appeared in is not known, as actors were not given credit prior to industry boom.
When he wasn't on screen, Holmes was giving up criminals to the LAPD as an informant to support his drug and crime habit and stay out of jail. Even after he was diagnosed as HIV positive, Holmes still filmed two porn films, with his condition unknown to his co-stars. Two years later she made her adult film debut in "Educating Ninja," and still graduated magna cum laude.
Hartley is still active in porn and has made her own little empire. The pioneer is also known for her role in "Boogie Nights," in which she plays William H. Macy's cheating wife and as a social activist, particularly on the topic of feminism.
Sex is something you dive into with gusto and like it every bit as much as he does. The Ivory Snow model appeared in the romantic comedy "The Owl and the Pussycat" alongside Barbara Streisand prior to her breakout role in the groundbreaking "Behind the Green Door" — which many consider the first adult film to feature an interracial sex scene. In , she made national headlines for getting arrested while on stage performing her one woman, full-frontal nudity show, "Feel The Magic," at the Mitchell Brothers' O'Farrell Theatre in San Francisco Now: Chambers died in of a cerebral hemorrhage due to complications with heart disease.
Although she only appeared in adult movies from to , Lords left quite the impact on the industry. However, Lords was well under the age of 18 during the filming. The scandal shaped several laws in the industry to fight child pornography. Lords successfully switched over to mainstream roles after She has acted in hit sitcoms, like "Gilmore Girls," "Married Her autobiography, "Traci Lords: Underneath It All," was a New York Times Bestseller and in her debut album " Fires" spawned the single "Control," which is certified double platinum.
The Hungarian-Italian actress, better known as Cicciolina, was a popular radio host in Italy before entering porn. In , she was the first woman to ever be pictured naked live on Italian television and five years later she made her adult film debut in "Telefono rosso. Slater is an active politician and activist in Italy. In February she announced that she is in the process of filming her final adult movie.
Amber Lynn — who is also well-known in the adult film world — introduced Adams, her brother, into the world of porn around An actor, Adams also dabbled in directing X-rated movies. Adams's prolific career — which included nearly directing credits and more than acting spots — ended in when he died of heart failure.
Peter North in 'Cousins' https: North began his career as a star of gay porn films in the mids. He later switched over to straight X-rated movies and began directing as well. The "North Pole" series of films are the North's most notable works.
Plus, I am from the North. He has his own company, Northstar Associates, and still regularly directs and appears in adult films. Advertisement North has also written several books, including "Penetrating Insights" which is "a guide to meeting and dating beautiful women. Leslie was the first male star to successfully switch from adult film acting to directing.
He took the industry by storm in with "Sensuous Delights. He died of a heart attack in Earlier that year, Leslie took part in a documentary on the adult film industry titled "After Porn Ends.
A true Manhattanite, Gillis, an openly bisexual man, graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University and first ventured into the adult film world after reading an advertisement in the "Village Voice" while he was a taxi driver. He starred in nearly films. Gillis died from Melanoma in His legacy includes creating and directing the influential "On The Prowl" porn series.
The gonzo-themed films inspired the "On the Lookout" filming scene from "Boogie Nights. Another New York City-native, Savage gave up on his dream of being a broadway star But in two years, he shot to stardom for his role in "Debbie Does Dallas.
Savage was out of the adult industry from to He returned and is still active in porn — but has achieved some mainstream fame as well, with a cameo in NBC's sitcom "Just Shoot Me.
At the height of his fame in the early s, Donovan made history by becoming one of the first gay male porn stars. In , Donovan starred in the gay porn flick "Boys in the Sand," which was released before "Deep Throat. Donovan was a victim of the s AIDS epidemic. He died in of pulmonary infection.
A gay sex icon, Berlin was an auteur of sorts in the adult film industry when he started. In the s, he was his own photographer, model, and fashion designer. He was the subject of the documentary "That Man: Peter Berlin," which led to a revival of sorts for Berlin's fame. A year later, he launched a personal webcam site, on which he still posts content. Buck Adams' sister began as a model, transitioned to posing nude for magazines, and eventually became in porn star in a short timespan in the early s.
Addiction took a hold of Lynn's life for several years, but she has been sober since She also has her own radio show on LATalkRadio. The first woman to film a scene with Peter North, Ginger Lynn's prominence in the industry launched after her spread in "Penthouse. Lynn occasionally still appears in porn films.
She has had some success in mainstream roles, appearing in movies such as "American Pie: Better known as among her fans as Aunt Peg, Anderson jumped into the business at the ripe age of 39 after ditching her dreams of filming documentaries.
Anderson died in of a heart attack. Seka, whose real name is Dorothiea Ivonniea Hundley, owned multiple adult book stores before she entered the industry. She appeared in adult films, with a break between the early s and s due to the AIDS epidemic. Seka has enjoyed mainstream fame at the height of her career, appearing on "Saturday Night Live," — when she dated comedian Sam Kinison — and multiple daytime talk shows, including the "Oprah Winfrey Show.
Seka runs her own fanclub and in released her first X-rated film in more than a decade. Woods was not prepared for the level of fame she received for 's "Debbie Does Dallas," an adult film she appeared in solely because of personal financial issues. She became a celebrity of sorts. Woods only appeared in two other X-rated movies, both sequels to "Dallas. Barely anything is known about Woods.
She disappeared from the national spotlight in the mids. Over the years there have been multiple reports that range from saying she is dead to that she is living a normal normal life. None of which have been confirmed.