This is a list of notable men who have appeared in gay pornographic films. Pornography has become more mainstream and as of 2009 was a $13 billion industry in the United States; globally consumers spent more than US$3000 on porn every second of every day, in 2009. The gay market is estimated to be five to ten percent of the overall adult market.
Gay pornographic films trace their origins to the Athletic Model Guild, founded in Los Angeles in 1945, which produced photographs and still images later turned into films and porn loops.The modern roots of films can be traced to the early 1970s when movies were shown in New York theaters. Over time the "heterosexual adult industry blossomed in Southern California" and often included gay content. Several major shifts affected the gay porn industry: the advent of home video when anyone could purchase a movie to view in private; the AIDS pandemic, which compelled models to be extremely healthy-looking and caused safer sex depictions to become the standard on-screen; and the emergence of the Internet allowing live streaming, social networking and amateur pornography to change how stars are discovered, marketed and even viewed as the films do not have to be copied, packaged and delivered, although those options remain.
The list includes male actors in gay pornographic films who may be notable for their gay pornography and those who may be notable for other reasons or both. The listing is alphabetic by first name. Some performers have many pseudonyms and stage names (indicated here by a.k.a. ). Multiple pseudonyms are utilized for a variety of reasons including legal constraints, the appearance of having more actors working at a studio, an actor's wishing to disguise how many films he is working on or that he is doing work for another studio, etc. The men listed here are known to have appeared in a gay porn film; however, this does not necessarily mean they are gay—see gay-for-pay. Many of these men have also appeared in other forms of pornography, such as pornographic magazines. They may have appeared in other genres of pornography, including bisexual and heterosexual porn. This list does not include performers who have appeared in other forms of pornography unless they have also appeared in a gay porn film. Many of these performers have been recognized with annual awards in various categories from "Best actor" to "Best top", "Best versatile performer" and even "Best non-sexual performance". There are also international porn awards as well as discontinued awards that apply to many of these performers and actors. With the increasing use of the Internet for live-streaming of movies and video clips, as well as the use of social-networking websites and blogs, amateur porn and niche genres have increasingly competed against the major gay pornography film companies.
Julia Ann Tavella is an American pornographic actress and feature dancer. She is a member of the AVN Hall of Fame and the XRCO Hall of Fame.
Jamie Gillis was an American pornographic actor, director and member of the AVN Hall of Fame.
Larry David Paciotti is an American director of pornographic films. He appears as the drag-diva persona Chi Chi LaRue, and has also been credited as director under the names "Lawrence David" and "Taylor Hudson".
Tiger Tyson is an American actor in gay pornographic films.
Thomas Joseph Strada, better known by his stage name Tommy Gunn, is a popular American pornographic actor and director. He has made several mainstream appearances, including an episode of Entourage and music videos for Buckcherry and Rilo Kiley. In 2016, Gunn was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame.
Chris Ward is a gay pornographic film director from the United States. He co-founded Raging Stallion Studios with JD Slater in 1999. Ward sold Raging Stallion to AEBN in 2009 and retired from the Adult Industry.
Randy Spears, sometimes credited as Greg Ory, is a retired American pornographic actor and director who has appeared in numerous adult feature films. Spears is noted among porn actors for his comedic acting talent.
Active Duty is the umbrella name for the American, originally North Carolina-based gay pornographic film studios founded by Dennis Ashe specializing in the production of pornographic movies featuring portrayals of military men who are gay, straight and bisexual, engaging in solo or gay sexual action. Dink Flamingo was the pseudonym of the producer-director of the films. Since Active Duty was acquired by Montreal-based Gamma Entertainment in 2014, Dink Flamingo is a trademark which no longer refers to a person.
The GayVN Awards are film awards presented annually to honor work done in the gay pornographic industry. The awards were sponsored by AVN Magazine, the parent publication of GAYVN Magazine, and continue the recognition for gay pornography which was part of the AVN Awards from 1986–1998. The awards went on a hiatus after the 2011 ceremony and returned in 2018.
Michael Brandon is an American, pornographic actor and director who specializes in gay pornography. He has had his own subdivision at Raging Stallion called "Monster Bang" and has previously participated in some charitable efforts.
Steven Scarborough is an American gay pornographic film director, the founder of Hot House Entertainment (1993), and he was an Executive Vice-President and director for Falcon Studios from 1987 to 1993.
J. D. Slater is an American gay pornography actor, director, and music composer from San Francisco who co-founded Raging Stallion Studios (RSS) with Chris Ward in 1999.
William Higgins, also "Wim Hof" was an American director of gay pornographic films who based his businesses in the Czech Republic since 1996. He started his career as porn director and producer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when sellers of pornographic movies, including Falcon refused to mail them to customers in many southeastern states for legal reasons. In addition, he said in an interview, that gay porn movies were "so bad" that he decided to begin making them himself. In 1978, he was busted and his premises raided. Although the charges were later dropped, Higgins decided to go on a "world tour" looking for a better legal environment for his films. After rejecting Australia and Thailand as new venues, he settled in Amsterdam, where his distributor was, and later relocated to Prague, a less expensive city. Although the legal climate in the U.S. has changed, he had no interest in returning.
Logan McCree, also known as Kriegerbeatz or DJ Krieger, is the stage name of a German-born DJ who began working as an adult-film actor in gay pornography in 2007, exclusively signed to the Raging Stallion Studios, a US production company with a three-year contract. He is widely known for his unique and distinctive tattoos over most of his body, including his penis, buttocks and scalp.
Rod Barry, is a former pornographic actor and director from the United States who has been credited in over 150, pornographic films and internet-based shows since entering the industry in 1996. Most of Barry's appearances have been in the gay pornography genre, but he has also appeared in bisexual, transsexual and heterosexual videos. In 2008, he was inducted into the gay pornography industry's Hall of Fame.
Richard Allen Karp, better known by his stage name Cole Tucker, was an American actor in gay pornography. Tucker was born in New York. He started making appearances in gay pornography in 1996 at the age of 43, previously working as a realtor. In 1998, he appeared in Sex/Life in L.A. Jochen Hick's adult documentary about the sex lives of the men who make L.A. adult movies. In 1999, he revealed in a story published in the London Standard that he was HIV-positive and also had a relationship with former British Conservative Party MEP Tom Spencer.
Big Guns is a 1987 gay pornographic film produced by the Laguna Pacific studio and distributed by Catalina Video.
Grabby Awards are presented annually in Chicago to honor work done in the gay adult erotic video industry. The awards are sponsored by Grab Magazine, a free biweekly that describes itself as "Chicago's premier LGBT publication." The Grabby Awards and Grab Magazine are owned and operated by Grabbys, LLC. The awards were owned until 2009 by Gay Chicago Magazine.
Mia Malkova is an American pornographic actress and Twitch streamer. She is the subject of the 2018 Indian documentary film God, Sex and Truth.
Joshua Luke Broome, known professionally as Rocco Reed is an American former straight and gay pornographic actor, model, and director. In 2012, he received the XBIZ Award for Male Performer of the Year.
In a typical example, the best known gay model of the 1980s, Kip Noll, made his first magazine appearance at age 22.
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