Ray Dragon

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Ray Dragon
Born Raymond Dragon
(1962-06-20) June 20, 1962 (age 52)
Detroit, Michigan
Other names raymond dragon
Ethnicity American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Website
http://www.raydragon.com

Ray Dragon (Raymond Dragon) is a gay, American gay pornographic film actor who produces and directs gay pornographic films. He is a published photographer. He had his own swimsuit collection.

A former gymnast, Dragon attended school at Michigan State University and received both computer engineering and performing arts degrees. His dancing and acting skills led to his performance in a Metropolitan Opera production of Hector Berlioz’s “least-performed opera,” [1] Benvenuto Cellini, as well as appearances in the national tour of Camelot and the film Poison.

Model, first appearances in pornography[edit]

Having worked as a go-go dancer in gay clubs in New York, Dragon was beginning his fashion career when his then lover sent pictures of him to Colt Studios.[2] His career in the porn industry began by being photographed by Colt’s founder, Jim French, and Dragon soon attained cover-man status. One of his last films during that period in the porn industry, Minute Man 11, was released in 1996; Dragon left the industry to concentrate on his fashion design firm.

In addition to Jim French, Dragon has been photographed by such notable photographers as Tom Bianchi; he has appeared on the covers of magazines such as Genre and Next,[3] as well as on the cover of Titan Men: Macho Mayhem.[4]

Return to pornography[edit]

Since returning to the pornography industry in 2001, Dragon has worked for noted directors including Joe Gage in films for Titan Media and Colt Studios. He formed his own production company, Dragon Media, whose productions have received numerous GayVN Award nominations; his film Whiplash tied with Pacific Sun Entertainment’s Double Delights for the 2005 GayVN Award for “Best Specialty Release.” Dragon has served as director, videographer, producer, and editor for his own company’s films and has also directed for Titan Media and edited for Lucas Entertainment.[5]

Fashion design[edit]

Dragon’s fashion label—founded in 1990 with only US$1,500 and a collection of sample fabrics—found an initial niche in the gay community. Designing sportswear that accentuated the male physique, his fashions were often considered homoerotic; he was later recognized as an industry leader for introducing stretch fabrics to men’s fashion.

Gaining popularity in a wider audience, Dragon’s line appeared in magazines such as Details , Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Detour, Out, Ocean Drive, Rolling Stone, Spy, The Advocate, and several exercise and fitness magazines. His clients have included such notables as Tom Cruise, Gregory Hines, and Aaron Neville.

Dragon’s creations have appeared on Broadway in productions of Rent, Chicago, and Fosse. Among others, the Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham dance companies have used his clothes for costumes, as have the Royal Copenhagen Ballet and the Frankfurt Ballet. Dragon has also designed costumes for ice skating shows, and his costumes for an off-Broadway production won critical acclaim in The New York Times.[6] His swimsuit collection has recently been relaunched at raymonddragon.com.[7]

As a photographer, Dragon has published an 80-page collection of photographs of nude and partially nude men, Real Men.[8] The book also contains the information that Dragon has been in a steady relationship with his partner, Tim Cass, since 1989.

In 2001, Ray sat for a revealing interview with freelance writer Rod Labbe. Entitled “Dangerous Man,” it can be found on Ray’s website at: http://www.RayDragon.com/editorial/interview.html.

Select videography[edit]

  • Lifeguard! The Men Of Deep Water Beach (2006)
  • 110° in Tucson (2005)
  • Big Blue in the Boiler Room (2005)
  • Couples II: More Colt Men on the Make (2004)
  • Hookups (2006)
  • Whiplash (2004)
Cinematographer
  • Auditions: Volume 4 (2005)
  • Hell Room (2005)
  • Joe Gage Sex Files Vol. 4: Blue Collar Beer Blast (2004)
  • Prowl 4: Back with a Vengeance (2005)
  • Prowl 5: As Rough as It Gets (2005)
  • Tough Guys: Gettin' Off (2005)
Director
  • The Dragon Files - In the Basement (2010)
  • The Good, The Bad & The Nasty (2010)
  • Dickflix (2008)
  • Big Blue in the Boiler Room (2005)
  • Porn Star Training (2003)
  • Whiplash (2004)
Producer
  • Jock Park (2010)
  • The Good, The Bad & The Nasty (2010)
  • Dad Takes a Fishing Trip (2009)
  • Dickflix (2008)
  • Whiplash (2002)
Editor
  • Truck Stop on I-95 (2004)
GayVN Awards Hall of Fame
2007

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stearns, David Patrick (December 2003). "Benvenuto Cellini at the Metropolitan Opera". magazine. 2004 andante Corp. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  2. ^ Polly, John (2002-03-23). "Porn Again Dragon". Next Magazine. 
  3. ^ "Next Magazine" (– SCHOLAR SEARCH). Next Magazine: Cover. 2000-03-03. [dead link]
  4. ^ Titan Men: Macho Mayhem. Specialty Publications, Titan Media. 2006-06-30. 
  5. ^ "Ray Dragon". tlashop.com. tlavideo. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  6. ^ Segev, Rahav (2000-11-29). "End of the World Party." (– SCHOLAR SEARCH). The New York Times. [dead link]
  7. ^ "To All My Amazing Customers". Raymond Dragon. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  8. ^ Dragon, Ray (2006-06-30). Real Men. Bruno Gmunder Verlag Gmbh. ISBN 3-86187-991-3. 

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