Scott O'Hara, circa 1984
October 16, 1961|
Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S.A
|Died||February 18, 1998
San Francisco, California U.S.A.
|No. of adult films||22|
Scott O'Hara (October 16, 1961 – February 18, 1998) was an American pornographic performer, author, poet, editor and publisher. Rising to prominence during the mid-1980s for his work in such gay adult films as Winner Takes All, Ramcharger, The Other Side Of Aspen 2, Below The Belt and In Your Wildest Dreams, O'Hara went on to write three books, Do It Yourself Piston Polishing (for Non-Mechanics), Autopornography: A Memoir of Life in the Lust Lane, and Rarely Pure and Never Simple: Selected Essays of Scott O'Hara, as well as editing and publishing the quarterly men's journal, Steam.
O'Hara was born John R. Scott on October 16, 1961 in Grants Pass, Oregon. He was known professionally as "Scott O'Hara" or "Spunk" and always used his professional name throughout his adult life. In an essay titled "A Dick by Any Other Name", O'Hara wrote: "I knew from an early age that I was a changeling. I spent the next eighteen years looking for my real name, and since I found it I have not pretended to be anyone else."
He first came to prominence when he was awarded the title "The Man With The Biggest Dick in San Francisco" in a contest in the early 1980s. That title became his trademark for the rest of his porn and professional career. Published measurement of his penis varies from 9.5 to 11 inches. From 1983-88, he appeared in over twenty gay and bisexual-themed films and videos, several of which demonstrate his rare ability of auto-fellatio. Despite his performances with the opposite sex, he did not consider himself bisexual.
O'Hara was a cautious proponent of barebacking, praising the freedom from fear of risk it gave him, yet he had "HIV+" tattooed on his shoulder back in 1994. Four years later, he died of AIDS-related complications (Non-Hodgkin lymphoma) in San Francisco. He left his personal papers (consisting of 39 boxes of journals, correspondences, notes, and manuscripts) with the John Hay Library of Brown University. In addition, the archives of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco preserve a collection of O'Hara's performance costumes and other memorabilia.
- Winner Takes All (1982)
- California Blue (1983)
- Ramcharger (1984)
- Slaves for Sale 2 (1984)
- The Joys of Self-Abuse (1985)
- The Other Side Of Aspen 2 (1985)
- Sgt. Swann's Private Files (1985)
- Sighs (1985)
- Advocate Men Live! 1 (1986)
- Below the Belt (1986)
- The Guy Next Door (1986)
- Hung and Horny (1986)
- Oversized Load (1986)
- Sex-Hunt (1986)
- Stick Shift (1986)
- In Your Wildest Dreams (1987)
- Switch Hitters 2 (1987)
- Advocate Men Live! 4 (1988)
- Double Standards (1988)
- Head Over Heels 1 (1988)
- New Recruits (1988)
- The Sex Party (1992)
- Do It Yourself Piston Polishing (for Non-Mechanics) (Badboy, 1996)
- Autopornography: A Memoir of Life in the Lust Lane (New York: Haworth Press, 1997)
- Rarely Pure and Never Simple: Selected Essays of Scott O'Hara (New York: Haworth Press, 1999)
- Steam: A Quarterly Journal for Men (editor, 1993–1995)
- "'Spunk'. The name reverberates, the body arrests.". Advocate Men. May 1985.
- Scott O'Hara. "A Dick by Any Other Name". Rarely pure and never simple. Psychology Press. ©1999.
- "Head Over Heels". All Worlds Video. ©1988.
- David M. Halperin, What Do Gay Men Want? pp. 88-89. The University of Michigan Press. © 2007
- Scott O'Hara Artifacts (collection no. 1998-19); see the entry in the online catalog of the society.
- Scott O'Hara Papers, 1979-1998 at the Brown University Library
- 1997 Scott O'Hara Interview by Owen Keehnen at the Queer Cultural Center
- "Sex Positive" (article about O'Hara in June, 1995, issue of POZ)
- "Full of Spunk" (obituary for O'Hara in June, 1998, issue of POZ)
- Scott O'Hara Tribute Site