Lexington Steele

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Lexington Steele
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Steele in 2000
Born Clifton Todd Britt, Jr.
(1969-11-28) November 28, 1969 (age 45)
New Jersey, U.S.
Other names Lex Steele, Hudson
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]

Clifton Britt[2] (born November 28, 1969), better known as Lexington Steele, is an American pornographic actor, director and owner of Mercenary Motion Pictures and Black Viking Pictures Inc. He is the first actor to have won the AVN Male Performer of the Year Award three times.[2]

Early life[edit]

Clifton Britt was born in New Jersey. After attending Morristown High School, he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia for two years but graduated from Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences with a double degree in History and African-American studies in 1993.[2]


After graduation, he worked in New York City as a stockbroker in the World Trade Center starting as a trainee in Euro Brokers Inc and working his way up the chain of command. He was licensed as a financial adviser and working on Wall Street within months of graduating. He has stated that he would have been in the buildings and been a victim of the September 11, 2001 attacks had he kept his old job as a stockbroker.[3]

He worked as a model on the side and acted in minor TV roles.[citation needed]

He started appearing in adult movies in April 1996, in New York City.[4] He got his earliest exposure appearing in the interracial amateur productions of Lynn Carroll, an over 40 Milf and frequent co-star with Lex.[5][6] He moved to Los Angeles and joined the industry full-time in March 1998. Initially he shot mainly for the companies such as West Coast Productions and director Spunky. Later, he appeared on videotapes produced by Anabolic and Diabolic. Later on at the beginning of 2004 he joined Red Light District Video for a brief period.[citation needed]

Steele has said that his stage name came about back during the days when he worked as a stockbroker when he took the subway to visit a client. At that time he had already decided to move in the adult film industry and use the last name "Steele". His client was located in mid-town and Steele got off the subway at the corner of Madison and Lexington [sic][7] where he was struck by the sound of "Lexington" as a first name.[8]

Steele now directs and performs exclusively for his own production company, Mercenary Motion Pictures (Headquarters in Encino, California), which he founded in 2003 and serves as chairman and CEO since 2005. The company reported annual net profits of $2.6 million in 2005.[9] Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $10 to 20 million and employs a staff of approximately 10 to 19. Steele appeared in two episodes of Showtime's Weeds in 2007 (3x07 "He taught me how to drive by"[10] and 3x08 "The two Mrs. Scottsons"[11]), playing himself at a movie shoot filming a scene with Kirsten Price and Jessica Jaymes. He also appeared in an episode of the FX series Nip/Tuck (5x05 "Chaz Darling"[11]) as a male escort at a party.

Steele appeared in the 2009 feature film Crank 2: High Voltage. In 2013 he joined the Evil Angel roster of directors.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Steele was engaged to porn actress and director Vanessa Blue,[9] and the two have appeared together on Playboy TV (in his two-season show Lex in the City) and in several movies. They ended their relationship in June 2006.[12] In 2008, Steele and Blue filed federal lawsuits against each other over the ownership of numerous videos that first appeared under the Mercenary Pictures label. The suits were settled in March 2009 after meeting with an alternative dispute resolution jurist.[13]


During his time studying African-American studies, Steele developed an awareness of American politics and African-American rights. In 2008 he expressed his support for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.[2]



  1. ^ Rog (July 2001). "Lexington Steele Interview". rogreviews.com. Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d Joshua Alston (2005-11-10). "A coming-of-age tale of one SU graduate's journey from stock quotes to deep throats". The Daily Orange. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  3. ^ Inside the Adult Film Industry: A Lexington Steele interview, The Advocate, CUNY Graduate Center, April 2004[dead link]
  4. ^ a b Steve Javors, "Lexington Steele Gets Evil IN", AVN, Vol30/No. 4, Issue 364, April 2013, pp.52–54.
  5. ^ Interview with Lynn Carroll; February 8 2010; freeones.com
  6. ^ Lynn Carroll, May 15 2009; freeones.com
  7. ^ It should be pointed out, however, that Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue do in fact not intersect, but run parallel their entire courses with Park Avenue between them.
  8. ^ Joanne Cachapero (2007-06-12). "Lexington Steele". Eros-NY. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  9. ^ a b Interview at AUC Magazine, March 2006
  10. ^ Onscreen credits and "IMDB"
  11. ^ a b "IMDB credits page"
  12. ^ Gram Ponante (2006-06-20). "Vanessa Blue splits with Lex, Mercenary". gramponante.com. Archived from the original on 2006-11-26. Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  13. ^ Rhett Pardon (2009-03-13). "Lexington Steele, Vanessa Blue Settle Suits Against Each Other". xbiz.com. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  14. ^ a b "2000 AVN Award Winners Announced". AVN. 2000-01-17. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  15. ^ Steve Nelson (2001-01-09). "The AVN Awards Show a Night to Remember". Adult Industry News. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  16. ^ Wayne Hentai. "Adam Film World Selects Same Big Winners as AVN and XRCO". AVN. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  17. ^ Heidi Pike-Johnson (2002-01-12). "2002 AVN Awards Show Winners Announced". AVN. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  18. ^ a b Steve Nelson (2002-04-13). "The 18th Annual Awards of the X-Rated Critics Organization". Adult Industry News. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  19. ^ a b c "Evil Angel, The Fashionistas Dominate Adam Film World 2002 Movie Awards". AVN. 2003-05-01. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  20. ^ a b c Heidi Pike-Johnson (2003-01-21). "2003 AVN Awards Winners Announced: Awards Presented Big Year for Evil Angel...". AVN. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  21. ^ "Fans of X-Rated Entertainment Honors Favorite Performers". AVN. 2003-06-22. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  22. ^ "AVN - Private and Americans Win Big at Venus Fair". Business.avn.com. 2003-10-22. Retrieved 2014-05-03. 
  23. ^ "Seka Takes Center Stage at 2004 FOXE Awards Show". AVN. 2004-06-18. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  24. ^ Dirty Bob (2004-09-21). "Winners of the Nightmoves Entertainment Awards Announced". AVN. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  25. ^ "2005 AVN Awards Show Winners Announced". AVN. 2005-01-08. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  26. ^ Roy Sims (2005-02-21). "Fans Flock to F.O.X.E. Awards". AVN. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  27. ^ Heidi Pike-Johnson (2005-06-02). "XRCO Award Winners Announced". AVN. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  28. ^ a b Steve Javors (2008-06-11). "Urban Spice Awards Announces First-Ever Winners". XBIZ. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  29. ^ David Sullivan (2009-01-11). "2009 AVN Award-Winners Announced". AVN. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  30. ^ Tod Hunter (2009-04-17). "XRCO Winners Announced". XBIZ. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  31. ^ Paul Fishbein (2009-10-21). "Pirates II, Evil Angel Big Winners at 2009 Hot d’Or Awards". AVN. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  32. ^ "Hot d’Or archives presse x, articles sur les Hot d’or". Hot-dor.fr. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  33. ^ a b Bob Johnson (2010-07-14). "Urban X Awards Winners Announced". XBIZ. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  34. ^ Peter Warren (2011-07-25). "2011 Urban X Award Winners Announced". AVN. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 

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