Over the past five decades there have been a number of adult film actors who have appeared in mainstream films with varying degrees of success.In the 1970s, adult film actors Marilyn Chambers and Linda Lovelace tried crossing over to mainstream careers, but had little success. Chambers did work with David Cronenberg in 1977's horror film Rabid , which went on to achieve cult success. Former adult film star Traci Lords appeared in John Waters' films Cry-Baby and Serial Mom , and Lords also appeared in the comedy film Zack and Miri Make a Porno . The gay pornographic star Johnny Hazzard more recently appeared in the mainstream gay drama Tiger Orange .
Jenna Jameson played a radio guest in the Howard Stern biopic Private Parts ,while Sasha Grey was the female lead in The Girlfriend Experience . In 2013, James Deen played the male lead in The Canyons , an indie film written by Bret Easton Ellis, with Lindsay Lohan playing the female lead.
The following list is of pornographic actors and actresses who have appeared in non-pornographic films, including the year they first appeared in a mainstream film.
|Pornography actor / actress||Non-pornographic film title(s)||Year of debut|
|Fred J. Lincoln||1972|
Ginger Lynn Allen is an American pornographic actress and model who was a premier adult-entertainment star of the 1980s. She also had minor roles in various B movies. AVN has ranked her at #7 in a list of the 50 greatest porn stars of all time. After ending her pornography career, she began using her full name, Ginger Lynn Allen, and found work in a variety of B-movies. She had a late-career return to the adult industry and made a brief series of movies. Allen is a member of AVN, NightMoves Adult Entertainment, and XRCO Halls of Fame.
Jenna Jameson is an American model, former pornographic film actress, businesswoman, and television personality. She has been named the world's most famous adult entertainment performer and "The Queen of Porn".
Tera Patrick is an American former pornographic actress and model who was the Penthouse Pet of the Month for February 2000 and is an inductee for the NightMoves, AVN and XRCO Halls of Fame.
Shannon Michelle Wilsey, better known by her stage name Savannah, was an American pornographic film actress who starred in over 100 videos during her career. One of the most prominent adult industry models of her time, she achieved notoriety within her short (1990–1994) career due to her onscreen presence and personal life. In January 2002, AVN ranked her at #19 on their list of the top 50 porn stars of all time.
Karenjit Kaur Vohra, known by her stage name Sunny Leone, is a model and an actress in the Indian film industry and a former pornographic actress. She has Canadian and American citizenship. She has also used the stage name Karen Malhotra. She was named Penthouse Pet of the Year in 2003, was a contract performer for Vivid Entertainment, and was named by Maxim as one of the 12 top porn stars in 2010.
Jenna Haze is an American director, model, and former pornographic actress.
Ashley Long is a British former pornographic actress.
Herschel Savage is a former American pornographic actor, director and stage actor who has appeared in over 1,000 adult films. In 2002, AVN ranked him 46th on their list of The Top 50 Porn Stars of All Time. He has also been inducted into the AVN and XRCO Halls of Fame.
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.
Ronald Jeremy Hyatt is a former American pornographic actor, filmmaker, actor, and stand-up comedian.
Daisy Marie is an American pornographic actress, nude model and featured dancer.
Lela Star is an American pornographic actress and adult model. She has appeared in several mainstream media venues, most notably appearing in ad campaigns for clothing lines by Kanye West.
Lisa Ann is an American pornographic actress and radio personality. She has also worked as a director and talent agent. She is considered to be the most popular pornographic actress in the world, and has received mainstream notice for parodying former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin in six adult films and a music video. She is a member of the AVN, XRCO, and Urban X Halls of Fame.
Belladonna is an American actress, director, producer, and model. She was a pornographic actress until she announced her retirement from the industry in 2008. Since retiring from pornography, she has acted in several films, including Inherent Vice and The Ladies of the House.
A pornographic film actor or actress, adult entertainer, or porn star is a person who performs sex acts in video that is usually characterized as a pornographic movie. Such videos tend to be made in a number of distinct pornographic subgenres and attempt to present a sexual fantasy and the actors selected for a particular role are primarily selected on their ability to create or fit that fantasy. Pornographic videos are characterized as either "softcore", which does not contain depictions of sexual penetration or "extreme fetishism" and "hardcore", which can contain depictions of penetration or extreme fetishism, or both. The genres and sexual intensity of videos is mainly determined by demand. Depending on the genre of the film, the on-screen appearance, age, and physical features of the main actors and their ability to create the sexual mood of the video is of critical importance. Most actors specialize in certain genres, such as gay sex, lesbian sex, bondage, strap-on sex, anal sex, double penetration, semen swallowing, teenage women, interracial or MILFs.
Adam Diksa, known professionally as Keiran Lee, is a British pornographic actor, director, and producer who works mainly for pornographic production company Brazzers. His penis was insured for $1 million in 2012 by Brazzers. He performed in over 3,500 porn videos in his pornographic career. He is one of the highest paid pornographic actors. He received several adult film industry awards including AVN Award for Favourite Male Performer in 2017 and UK Adult Film and Television Award for Best Male Actor in 2007.
Sasha Grey is an American actress, musician, model, Internet personality, and former pornographic actress. Grey began her acting career in the pornographic film industry, winning 15 awards for her work between 2007 and 2010, including the AVN Award for Female Performer of the Year in 2008.
Anikka Albrite is an American pornographic actress.
Bonnie Rotten is an American pornographic actress, feature dancer, fetish model, director, and producer. In 2014, she became the first alt-porn star to win the AVN Award for Female Performer of the Year.
A pornographic parody film is a subgenre of the pornographic film industry genre where the basis for the production's story or plotline is the parody of a mainstream television show, feature film, public figure, video game or literary works. This subgenre also includes parody of historical or contemporary events such as political scandals. The subgenre has gained acceptance by the adult industry to the extent that major awards are presented in this category by organizations such as AVN and XRCO.