In 1989, Leo Ford was coronated King of the Beaux Arts Ball in New York City. His Queen was Melissa Slade.
He paired with Lance in Leo & Lance and Blonds Do It Best, both directed by William Higgins. In his starring role for the film Games, directed by Steve Scott, Ford played a medal-winning swimmer in the Gay Games competition with porn legend Al Parker playing a photographer assigned to take professional portraits of the athlete. In a scene that foreshadowed what happened to Ford in real life, the character he played in Games had a severe motorcycle accident that left him hospitalized, and in a coma. He died in Los Angeles some years later at the age of 34, a few days after being hit by a car while on a motorcycle.
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