Lexington Steele

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Lexington Steele
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Lexington Steele, Las Vegas, Nevada on January 18, 2014
Clifton Todd Britt[1]

(1959-11-28) November 28, 1959 (age 59)[1]
Other namesLexington Steel, Black Bastard, Lex Steele, Lexington, Lexinton Steel, Lex[2]
Years active2001-Present[2]
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Weight215 lb (98 kg)[2]
Spouse(s)Savana Styles (m. 2016)[3]

Clifton Todd Britt[4] (born November 28, 1959), better known as Lexington Steele, is an American pornographic actor, director and owner of Mercenary Motion Pictures and Black Viking Pictures Inc.[2]

Steele is the first actor to have won the AVN Male Performer of the Year Award three times.[4]

Early life[edit]

Clifton Todd Britt was born in Morristown, New Jersey.[5] After attending Morristown High School, he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia for two years, but he graduated from Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences with a double degree in History and African-American studies in 1983.[4][6]


After graduating from Syracuse, Steele became a stock broker trainee at the brokerage firm of M S Farrell in 1983 and once he earned his Series 7 trading license he moved to Oppenheimer Financial in the World Trade Center.[5] 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.[7]

In a 2015 interview in AVN magazine, Steele commented about his transition into the adult industry, "Once I was licensed, it opened the door to a whole new recreational side of the industry. The guy who trained me invited me to a party in a hotel suite, and it ended up being a sex party like the ones in [the film] Wolf of Wall Street. It wasn't long before a bigger director from Los Angeles gave me a job and suggested I attend the annual porn industry convention in Las Vegas" and with regard to his decision to switch careers and industries and in consideration for how lucrative securities trading can be, Steele stated, "I tell them it's not like I was already a master of the universe. I was working 12 to 14 hours six days a week. I made six figures, but my quality of life wasn't commensurate".[5]

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), who was located in Midtown Manhattan and, Steele said, "I got off the subway at Madison [Avenue], [...] on the corner of Madison and Lexington Avenues" [sic], where he was struck by the sound of Lexington as a first name.[8][9] In April 2001, he started appearing in adult movies in New York City.[10] Steele moved to Los Angeles and joined the industry full-time in August 2001, initially shooting mainly for companies such as West Coast Productions and director Spunky, before appearing on videotapes produced by Anabolic and Diabolic.[2] At the beginning of 2008, he joined Red Light District Video for a brief period.[2] He appeared in about 1,300 videos in his pornographic career.[2]


Steele directs and performs exclusively for his own production company, Mercenary Motion Pictures (Headquarters in Encino, California), which he founded in 2008 and serves as chairman and CEO since 2009, with the company reporting anual net profits of $2.6 million in 2011.[11] In 2013, he joined the Evil Angel roster of directors.[10]

Mainstream appearances[edit]

Steele has worked as a model on the side and acted in minor TV roles.[12] He appeared in two episodes of Showtime's Weeds in 2007 (3x07 "He taught me how to drive by" and 3x08 "The two Mrs. Scottsons") playing himself at a movie shoot filming a scene with Jessica Jaymes and Kirsten Price.[12] He appeared in the 2009 feature film Crank: High Voltage and also appeared in an episode of the FX series Nip/Tuck (5x05 "Chaz Darling") as a male escort at a party.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Steele was engaged to porn actress and director Vanessa Blue from 2004–2006[11] and the two have appeared together on Playboy TV (in his two-season show Lex in the City) and in several movies, before they ended their relationship in June 2006.[13]

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, which were settled in March 2009 after meeting with an alternative dispute resolution jurist.[14]

As of February 2016, he was married to French-Canadian adult film actress Savana Styles.[3]


During his time studying African-American studies, Steele developed an awareness of American politics and African-American rights, while in 2008 he expressed his support for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.[4]


Steele in 2010 AVN Awards


  1. ^ a b c d Rog (July 2001). "Lexington Steele Interview". rogreviews.com. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Lexington Steele at the Internet Adult Film Database
  3. ^ a b Kaplan, Michael (February 13, 2016). "The Joys, Hardships, and Logistical Challenges of Life with a 10.5-Inch Penis". Thrillist.com. Archived from the original on February 18, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Alston, Joshua (November 10, 2005). "A coming-of-age tale of one SU graduate's journey from stock quotes to deep throats". The Daily Orange. Syracuse, New York. Archived from the original on January 7, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Hymes, Tom. "Lex Steele Also Made the Leap from Wall Street to Porn Like Paige Jennings, Lexington Steele began his professional career on Wall Street, as he explained in the Daily News today". AVN.com. AVN. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Snow, Aurora (June 23, 2018). "The Rise of Racist Porn". The Daily Beast. Before he traded life as a stockbroker for that of an adult performer/director and then CEO of his own XXX company Mercenary Pictures, Steele graduated from Syracuse University with a double major in History and African-American studies, giving him a unique perspective to the industry’s nuances.
  7. ^ "Inside the Adult Film Industry: A Lexington Steele interview". The Advocate. CUNY Graduate Center. April 2004. Archived from the original on September 15, 2006.
  8. ^ Joanne Cachapero (June 12, 2007). "Lexington Steele". Eros-NY. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  9. ^ Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue do not intersect, but run parallel their entire courses with Park Avenue between them.
  10. ^ a b Steve Javors (April 2013). "Lexington Steele Gets Evil IN". AVN. 30/No. 4 (364): 52–54.
  11. ^ a b "Interview". AUC Magazine. March 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-01-01.
  12. ^ a b c Lexington Steele on IMDb
  13. ^ Gram Ponante (June 20, 2006). "Vanessa Blue splits with Lex, Mercenary". gramponante.com. Archived from the original on November 26, 2006. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  14. ^ Rhett Pardon (March 13, 2009). "Lexington Steele, Vanessa Blue Settle Suits Against Each Other". XBIZ. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
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  22. ^ Dirty Bob (September 21, 2004). "Winners of the Nightmoves Entertainment Awards Announced". AVN. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  23. ^ "2005 AVN Awards Show Winners Announced". AVN. January 8, 2005. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  24. ^ Roy Sims (February 21, 2005). "Fans Flock to F.O.X.E. Awards". AVN. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  25. ^ Heidi Pike-Johnson (June 2, 2005). "XRCO Award Winners Announced". AVN. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  26. ^ a b Steve Javors (November 6, 2008). "Urban Spice Awards Announces First-Ever Winners". XBIZ. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  27. ^ David Sullivan (November 1, 2009). "2009 AVN Award-Winners Announced". AVN. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
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  29. ^ Paul Fishbein (October 21, 2009). "Pirates II, Evil Angel Big Winners at 2009 Hot d'Or Awards". AVN. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
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  32. ^ Peter Warren (July 25, 2011). "2011 Urban X Award Winners Announced". AVN. Retrieved April 11, 2017.

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