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Clive McLean (27 October 1944 – 29 March 2005) was an English photographer born in Leeds, and AVN Hall of Fame member best known for his work at Hustler and Barely Legal. He was sometimes credited as Oliver English and Clive McClean.
McLean earned a degree in graphic design and journalism in the 1960s from the Royal College of Art (among his classmates was the artist David Hockney). For a time, he was band manager for Cat Stevens. He began photographing hippies and groupies for men's magazines, and eventually did the first layout for Club.
While doing photography for Playboy in the sixties, Clive was approached by Bob Guccione to come and work for him at Penthouse.
He met Larry Flynt in 1976 through photographer James Baes. Flynt was so impressed with McLean that he doubled the salary Guccione was paying him and brought him to the United States to begin a 29-year working relationship with Flynt.
McLean appeared in the 2000 PBS Frontline documentary on the industry called "American Porn." He was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2001. He received the "Best Vignette" award at the 2004 AVN Awards, and that year American Movie Classics aired "The AMC Project: I Want to Be Clive McLean."
Clive married model / makeup artist, Erica, in 1991. Together they created and worked on the Barely Legal and Hot Showers franchises. His first wife was the model Stephanie McLean. He has one son from a previous marriage named Roman.
Clive and Erica lived in the Hollywood Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles and they were very active in setting up a park for the neighborhood dogs called Pinehurst Park. The actor Nick Brendan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) was also involved in this activity.
Clive's photography always showed a sense of style and a sense of humor. Well thought of in the industry, he once shared studio space with fellow photographer Herb Ritts.
- Clive McLean at the Internet Movie Database
- Clive McLean Passes Away at AVN
- Ehrlich, Susie (October 2001). Clive McLean profile via Adult Video News
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