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Saturday, January 19, 2013

(LIST) TOP 20 HOTTEST PORN STARS!


For gay men, with no societal instruction on what happens when two guys fall in love or even just lust, pornography was for decades the primary means by which we could discover those answers.

Perhaps those two observations help to explain why we take our porn so very seriously, why we could probably talk for hours about specific scenes that opened our eyes to new activities we'd previously never dreamed of and why we are so madly in love with certain familiar faces (and other parts) who seemed to teach us how to do "it" and gave us permission to stop worrying our parents would find out so we could simply enjoy being pigs—at least on occasion. Boy Culture has the Full List of 125 Hottest Gay Porn Stars, here are the Top 20:
Ryan-IdolIdolized by millions
#20 Ryan Idol (Marc Anthony Donais, 1966—)
Ryan Idol picture a14Considering the number of stars who've been arrested for everything from rape (Tim Barnett) to murder (Sean Cody's Addison, many others), you'd think the title of "ultimate bad boy" would be hard to pin down. But former Playgirl model and gay-household name Ryan Idol walks away with this one for a long series of bad behavior, culminating with his September 2012 sentencing to 12 years in prison fo attempting to murder his girlfriend. Not well liked on the sets of the few flicks he made (less than 10, most with his last name in the title), it was a perhaps unsurprising outcome for a man who it could be argued is one of the best-looking men of the entire genre.
Ryan Idol picture a40Hard to picture this trying to kill you with a toilet lid, but there you have it
He seemed unstoppable when he debuted in the early '90s, back when more consumers seemed satisfied just to see great-looking guys in sexual situations, no matter whether they might be 100% gay in their private lives. He never bottomed and took a while to warm up to other things, too, but he sure made uncomfortable looking pretty.
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Ken-RykerA Ken-do attitude
#19 Ken Ryker (Gary James Pokorney, 1972—)
Ken-ryker-big-penisWhen this monumental Texan stud, the son of a Baptist preacher,  hit porn, it was an event. Everyone went nuts for him, he was a major star on impact and his appearance in The Other Side of Aspen IV: The Rescue (1995), Falcon's 100th release, remains one of the most rented (remember when we used to rent porn videos?) of all time. Ryker identifies as bisexual but seems to be with women more than men and caused some controversy when he seemed to get religion, sounding off about his porn past in a way that led people to believe he was disowning it. He worked for a decade but it's been nearly that long since he made his last film. The book The Films of Ken Ryker by Mickey Skee regularly changes hands for over $100 on eBay.
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Lukas-RidgestonHis name is Lukas
#18 Lukas Ridgeston (1974—)
Bel-Ami-Lukas-Ridgeston-smile2-185x185The face that launched a thousand Bel Ami videos, Bratislava-born Mr. Perfect Lukas Ridgeston was a sensation from his first release in the early '90s (where he had his first sex with a man—Johan Paulik—on a movie set), headlining many of the company's high-profile videos. His boyish looks, piercing blue eyes, giant endowment and sweet aura have made him a worldwide fan fave, yet one who retired in 2005 and who showed no signs of coming back until the announcement less than two months ago that he would return in 2013 (Work Unfriendly). He also does still work behind the scenes at Bel Ami, as is the norm for that company.
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Joe-SimmonsHe should've been on the cover of Feet
#17 Joe Simmons (Thomas Williams, 1959—1995/AIDS)
One of the industry's best-built and most artistically beautiful men (he posed for Robert Mapplethorpe), Simmons was versatile in every sense of the word—aside from the adult stuff, he acted in plays and modeled. But also, he was a jack-off-of-all-trades in sex films, topping, bottoming and doing both vanilla and fetish flicks. I would argue he's the ultimate black icon of the business—or am I slighting someone else?
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Rick-DonovanBut who's counting?
#16 Rick Donovan aka Dirk Moon (Roy Michael Artley, 1963—)
Rick-DonovanI'm not sure, but I think 10-1/2" was a part of his Christian name. If not, he would've had no trouble persuading the state to change it legally. Donovan was noted for his mind-boggling, rectum-toggling wang. Unlike some later size men, he was pretty good-looking, too, though I've always been a fan of a strong brow. Good at silently smoldering, he was gay porn's Lauren Bacall. Or not. But he sure gave straightish actor Peter North something to think about in The Bigger, the Better (1984). His work stretched from the late '70s until 1994. Internet reports suggest he worked as a bartender in San Diego up until a few years ago.
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Kurt-MarshallForever young
#15 Kurt Marshall (James Allen Rideout Jr., 1965—1988/kidney failure due to drug abuse & AIDS)
Sex-Kurt-Marshall"Die young, stay pretty" never applied more than to blond boytoy/struggling college kid James Rideout, who worked in the biz as Kurt Marshall. Only on the scene for a handful of films in the '80s, he died of AIDS less than four years—and only four films—after his debut in Sizing Up (1984). His other appearances were in The Other Side of Aspen II (1984), Splash Shots (1984) and Night Flight (1984). His legend lives on because, due to an accident of fate and to his own sexual talents, he only appeared in A-plus productions, all of which survive prominently in our memories.
Marshall was a troubled but thoughtful young man. According to Unnatural Quotations by Leigh W. Rutledge, he once said:
"I think to be gay is to be blessed. We have so much freedom, so many choices. This isn't our moment to party or to think we're going to stay young forever..."
Alas, he did both.
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Jeff-Stryker-discoAs a singer, he could've released a 12" and really meant it!
#14 Jeff Stryker (Charles Casper Peyton, 1962—)
Truth be told, I'm not wildly turned on by Jeff Stryker, even though he is inarguably the most Jeff-Strykerfamous gay pornstar who's ever lived. But his fabled kickstand is hard to deny and he's been in movies in which he's been surrounded by such primo tail it's impossible not to include him—he's the sun, which you need if you're interested in the rest of the galaxy. Stryker is the ultimate brand, too—his movies were events the likes of which the industry had never seen and his lifelike dildo is the best-selling of its kind. Even though he's done bi and straight films and won't commit to being called "gay," I think he's basically on our side. After all, he was such a team player in Stryker Force (1987). Probably his greatest was Powertool (1986), though if you like the ladies, Jamie Loves Jeff (1988) might fill the bill.
I met him at Outfest a few years ago and he was polite. I doubt that back then, even the cast of Brokeback Mountain would have caused the same ruckus as he did amongst the lavender-lens looky-loos. If you've got $1,000, you, too, can meet him!
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Leo2Nothing came between him and his Calvins except for two fistfuls of manhood
#13 Leo Ford (1957—1991/motorcycle crash)
Lance-LeoI'm a particular fan of brunets, and yet Leo Ford had a blown-out blond look that was pretty undeniable. Lean, lanky and a sex machine, he appeared in two movies that anyone would be hard-pressed to deny as being among the Top 10 in their genre of all time: Leo & Lance (1983) and Blonds Do It Best (1985), both by William Higgins and both co-starring Leo. He apparently dated drag star Divine???
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John-DavenportIf you're thinking of taking a seat, this Davenport would be the place
#12 John Davenport aka Jon Davenport (19?—?)
Now we're cookin'. This guy has a supersexy late '70s/early 80s look about him and what amounts to a third leg, not to mention a coupla jumbo-sized eggs on him. He was always a stunning top, never more so than in Big Guns (1987), when he angrily brushes off his partner's plea to take it easy so his girlfriend won't see any marks on his butt. He did bottom once, in Bad Boys Club (1988). Rumor has it that he got married (to a woman) after he did some bi roles and then retired from porn completely.
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Lance-pornstaNot sure if all blonds do it best, but this one sure did
#11 Lance (David Alan Reis, 1962—1991)
Lance-porn-starWhere do you begin with Lance? He was the gay-porn Madonna—one name only, please! This lumbering blond surfer came off as young, dumb and full of come-hither looks that he would happily consummate at length and with gusto. He definitely had a big one and always seemed thrilled to share it. I think what I liked best about him was the contrast of the blond hair and the brown bush. These days, the fact that he had a bush at all would be looked at with about as much appreciation as a dog with wheels for hind legs.
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Casey-DonovanThe mighty Casey
#10 Casey Donovan (John Calvin Culver, 1943—1987/AIDS)
A sexual libertine and part-time actor-slash-model, Donovan became not just a but the gay pornstar by virtue of his starring role in the seminal gay flick Boys in the Sand (1971), directed by Wakefield Poole. Donovan wanted to cross over—how many aspiring actors or models have thought, wrongly, that porn would be a good method of doing so?—but never did, in spite of working in quite a few plays of a non-sexual variety. He was said to have had affairs with Disney actor Tom Tryon and even Superman's Christopher Reeve.
Casey-Donovan-Christopher-ReeveTryon, Donovan & Reeve
By the time I saw anything with Donovan, he was long dead. But I think his appearance in The Other Side of Aspen (1983) alone would have made him a legend even if Boys in the Sand hadn't already. For fans of camp, don't miss him in Ginger (1971) or Score (1973).
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Kevin-Williams"My parents aren't home..."
#9 Kevin Williams (1965—)
Kevin-Williams-bottomThis blond superbottom of the '80s (and beyond!) has been entered more times that the front door. I loved his wooden delivery, which never failed to deliver wood because it was like he had no idea that what he was doing on film was nasty. The contrast between him and most of his leading men was pretty stark, whether it be rough-and-tumble Eric Manchester or beefy god Tom Brock or slick professional Jeff Stryker; Williams just always came off as an innocent, albeit one with a perfect butt that could swallow more than Jonah's whale. I mean, he made quite industrious use of that lazy susan in Hot Rods: Young & Hung 2 (1986)—that was the first time I saw two men take advantage of a single man's asset at the same time. When he made a comeback in '98 and worked through the early '00s,  I was shocked to discover he'd survived! A pre-condom bottom pornstar of the '80s that is alive today is pretty rare. I can only think of him and Kevin Wiles who seem to have made it.
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Jack-WranglerMargaret Whiting's favorite J.O. rag
#8 Jack Wrangler (John Robert Stillman, 1946—2009/emphysema)
Jack-wrangler-09This macho blond adonis is one industry figure about which a lot is known, primarily because he survived long enough to leave the industry and move into other fields—as well as moving into a much-gossiped-about relationship with legendary chanteuse Margaret Whiting, who was 20 years older than he and, well, a dame.
Born into an entertainment family in Beverly Hills, Wrangler was a child actor in an early TV series but by young adulthood had transitioned into other forms of entertainment: he was a go-go dancer and a stage actor all too eager to strip naked as the part required. This led to his being recruited into guy/guy movies in 1970, when making it was not something desperate straight boys commonly did for easy money, but was also a political statement. He went on to make dozens of gay and straight hardcore flicks—maybe his most famous being Kansas City Trucking Co. (1976), though I always liked a dirty mag I found showing him as a bottoming cowboy—before retiring and working with his life partner, Whiting, on her own career. I saw Dream (1997), a production he created for her around Johnny Mercer's music—did you?
The best way to learn more about him is to see the 2008 documentary Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon. I saw it and loved it and will always regret that by then he'd already become too ill to attend. He had a Marlboro Man machismo and, as I've said before, Jack Wrangler had one of the industry's best-ever danglers.
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JoeyStefanoA bottom who crossed over, slightly, into the mainstream
#7 Joey Stefano (Nicholas Anthony Iacona Jr., 1968—1994/O.D.) 
StefanoA hugely popular bottom in late '80s and eary '90s films, Stefano became one of the most famous gay adult stars who ever lived, even inspiring a full-length bio after his untimely death due to a drug overdose. I vividly remember the hubbub surrounding him, and recall watching him for the first time and being wowed by his relationship with the camera (not to mention his co-starring penis). Stefano became even more widely known for admitting to having sex with then-closeted mogul David Geffen, something he referred to while doing an appearance on Robin Byrd's NYC-based cable-access show, and for posing in Madonna's Sex book. His best? More of a Man (1991).
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Jon-KingThis bottom was at the top of his game
#6 Jon King (John Nelson Gaines, 1963—1995/AIDS)
Jon King01King was a voracious bottom on film, one of the first exclusive bottoms to become a major star. He started out at 18 doing in movies what he was reputed to be very good at and preoccupied with doing off-screen anyway. The pleasure he takes from the act is palpable in all of his movies, including those in the '90s when he'd come out of retirement. I remember seeing stills from those and finding them even hotter because it felt like he'd had to return to porn just because he craved that kind of sex again. (When he probably was more interested in making a living and getting his kicks as a fringe benefit.) An excellent overview of King's life (including a stint in prison) is here, with comments from a couple of guys who had sex with and got to know him. He seems to be as sweet as he was in his movies, where he missed the memo that gay sex stars are supposed to be tough, edgy and pseudo-macho.
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Al-Parker-pornstarBearing all
#5 Al Parker (Andrew "Drew" Okun, 1952—1992/AIDS)
Al-ParkerThe word "icon" gets tossed about fairly lightly, but if anyone on this list deserves it, it's Parker. The ultimate star for fans of guys with facial hair, this butch, denim-clad Colt Man—the consummate "clone"—made loops and became the face of the popular Surge Studios films. His biographer, Roger Edmonson, says:
Al-Parker"Al was a gay everyman, someone guys could identify with, not just stand back and gape at it awed silence. With his cropped hair, neat beard and taut but far-from overdeveloped frame, he looked like them. The look he embodied was one that could be copied by a majority of the men who were making the new gay social and sexual scene."
As well as Inches (1979) and A Few Good Men (1983), Parker was central to the unforgettable The Other Side of Aspen (1983).
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Hot-Mike-HensonA porn legend who couldn't overcome his demons
#4 Mike Henson (Kenneth Seymour, 1963—2002/heroin overdose)
Henson wasn't prolific in the adult world, but most of the titles he appeared in were classics thanks in no small part to his very large part. In particular, who can ever forget him in Big Guns (1987), one of the best—if not the best—gay sex flicks ever made, or his 1986 scene with Brian Maxon in Two Handfuls? Henson had drug problems that precipitated his death at 38, and knowing he had HIV was no help. The best obituary for him—and one of the only obits on the 'Net for any porn star of the '90s and earlier—is this one, by his former roommate.
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Eric-ManchesterMaking Porn: Manchester (left), Leo Ford (center) & John Rocklin (right) in a rare snap
#3 Eric Manchester (1960—)
007-eric-manchester-20You don't need to know much more about my sexuality beyond my fixation on this Italian stallion, who made a huge mark on the movies of the mid to late '80s despite appearing in very few of them compared to his forebears. I can't get enough of him in Spokes II: The Graduation (1988) or, of course, In Your Wildest Dreams (1989). He did his work aggressively, leaving no bone unturned, with an intensity that was just this side of scary. He had the kind of handsome looks that boys from the wrong side of the tracks have when they're young, which is when they use them to get away with enough to last them though their golden years.
Hot-Eric-ManchesterAn adult star with a mullet gives new meaning to "business up front, party in the back"
I've heard he got married and became a father, but I also recall seeing (and have it somewhere) an escort ad he placed in one of NYC's gay rags probably 15 years ago. It was tempting.
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Chad-DouglasNot-so-secret 'stache
#2 Chad Douglas (Martin R. Cox, 1957—1999/AIDS)
Chad-douglas-490772-photo-large-1This enormous talent is one I'd have been embarrassed for my friends to know I was lusting after back in college. He was already so much older, from a whole different generation, the generation of handlebar mustaches, rings for more than just your finger and, yes, AIDS. If there was (or is) a gay caste, any fun I'd have had with Douglas would've been star-crossed for sure. Yet in spite of the fact that he wasn't my usual type, there was a startling amount of star quality and also sincerity in every scene he filmed, whether it involved a dated leather vest or just him, his third leg and some babbling twink on a couch having second thoughts about agreeing to do this until such time that he would begin having second thoughts about agreeing to let Chad stop when it was over.
I remember him most fondly for, er, challenging the Kevins—Williams and Wiles, don't you? Giant Splash Shots II (1986), Big Guns (1987), Too Big for His Britches (1988)...the hits kept cummin'.
Chad_douglas_babysitterOne of the most fascinating pieces I've ever read about a former adult star was a story by a guy who used to be babysat (pictured) by "Uncle Chad," a Vice piece (now gone) that shed some light on what pornstars of the past did for day jobs. He was described as a "cool and wonderful" babysitter, and one the kid never knew had sex for cash until after he was dead.
Something else I found interesting about Douglas was the rumor that he had to be taught how to be the ruthless top he was (by superbottom Chris Burns, who lost more than one chair by sitting down) because in life he was much more of a bottom. All the attention to the mystique—the chasm between who pornstars really are and really aren't—gives one pause.
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Bill-HensonHiya, Sailor!
#1 Bill Henson (19?—1990?/AIDS)
I-Bill-Henson-6This one is my all-time favorite. Why? For starters, he was A-list-model beautiful, had a casual masculinity, had a perfect body that wasn't too ruthlessly worked out and did not look like a bottom while being exactly that, notably for directors William Higgins in Sailor in the Wild (1983) and Matt Sterling in A Matter of Size (1983). His robotic delivery (he was said to be a marine sergeant shy about having gay sex in front of the camera) only made him all the more erotic. Never has a pornstar been so Hensondisconnected from his work while simultaneously burning up the screen. His disappearance has spawned lots of rumors, but I've never bought into the one where he retired and is alive and well somewhere with a family, or the one where he got AIDS and gave it to his wife and future child. Though there is no hard evidence for whatever became of Henson, the most likely explanation is the most reasonable: that he died of AIDS over 20 years ago. Higgins told me in 2010:
"The only information that I have is that I heard, several years ago, that Bill Henson had died of AIDS. I haven't been able to corroborate this information though, so please don't take it as an absolute fact."
I'm not sure where the death year of 1990 came from, either, it's just floating out there on the 'Net. The mystery of who he was and what happened to him only increases his mystique. I'd do just about anything to figure out his real name and find out definitively whatever became of him.
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6 comments:

  1. Very nice! It is rather sad that most of them died of AIDS :( We lost a lot of Gem's to that disease.

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  2. Nice tribute. Watched all those guys on video. Some of them had stunning screen presence. For me, it had to be Rick Donovan and Chad Douglas. The Bigger The Better and Splash Shots of Summer still do it for me. Yeah, the new guys in the new technology are nice (Jimmy Clay for instance) but there's something about old-school porn that still has an effect on me. So sad we lost many of these guys when they were truly in their prime...

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  3. I can't believe it's that time! God! these men are hot tributes every time I view them!... thanks for my oasis!

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