Lexington Steele

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Lexington Steele
Lexington Steele 2014.jpg
Steele at the 2014 AVN Awards
Born
Clifton Todd Britt

(1969-11-28) November 28, 1969 (age 51)
Other namesLexington Steel, Black Bastard, Lex Steele, Lexington, Lexinton Steel, Lex[1] Smu doherty
Alma materSyracuse University
Years active2001–present[1]
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Spouse(s)Savana Styles
Websitewww.lexsteele.com Edit this at Wikidata

Clifton Todd Britt[2] (born November 28, 1969), better known by his stage name Lexington Steele, is an American pornographic actor, director, producer, and former stockbroker. He is the owner of the adult production companies Mercenary Motion Pictures and Black Viking Pictures Inc.

In 2003, Steele became the first actor to receive the AVN Award for Male Performer of the Year three times. He has been inducted into the AVN and XRCO Halls of Fame. Steele has also made several mainstream appearances, including the film Crank: High Voltage (2009) and episodes of Weeds and Nip/Tuck.

Early life[edit]

Steele was born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey.[3] After graduating from Morristown High School, he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. After two years, he transferred to Syracuse University in New York. In 1993, Steele graduated from Syracuse's College of Arts and Sciences with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and African American studies.[2][4]

Career[edit]

Steele started out in finance as a stockbroker trainee at a brokerage firm. After earning his Series 7 trading license, he transitioned to working for Oppenheimer Financial at the World Trade Center.[3] Steele believes he would've been a victim of the September 11 attacks had he continued working as a stockbroker.[5]

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".[3]

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.[6][7] In April 2001, he started appearing in adult movies in New York City.[8] 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.[1] At the beginning of 2008, he joined Red Light District Video for a brief period.[1] He appeared in about 1,300 videos in his pornographic career.[1] He is known for his highly productive ejaculation capability and is popular on set.

Directing[edit]

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 annual net profits of $2.6 million in 2011.[9] In 2013, he joined the Evil Angel roster of directors.[8]

Mainstream appearances[edit]

Steele has worked as a model on the side and acted in minor TV roles.[10] 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.[10] 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.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Steele and Blue in 2006

Steele dated for several years and was at one point engaged to adult film actress and director Vanessa Blue.[11][12] The two appeared together on Playboy TV and in several movies. Blue announced that she would be leaving Steele's production company Mercenary Pictures on June 20, 2006.[11] In 2008, Steele and Blue filed federal lawsuits against each other over the ownership of numerous videos that were released under Mercenary.[13] The suit was ultimately settled in March 2009 after the two met with an alternative dispute resolution jurist.[13]

In October 2016, Steele and French Canadian actress Savana Styles launched Mercenary Enterprises, a division of Mercenary Pictures focusing on fetish-themed productions.[14] In a 2017 interview with AVN, Steele revealed he had been to married to Styles for a year.[15]

In 2019, Steele underwent hip replacement surgery.[16] During recovery, he experienced complications that required another operation.[16] In November 2019, a crowdfunding campaign through GoFundMe was launched to help pay Steele's medical expenses.[16]

Politics[edit]

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]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1999 Private Dicks: Men Exposed Himself Television documentary [17]
2004 Thinking XXX Himself Television documentary
2009 Crank: High Voltage Striking Actor Credited as Lexington Steel [18]
2010 This Ain't Avatar XXX Tsu'tey [19]
2017 Kuso Jody Horror anthology film [20]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2003 Lex in the City Host Talk show [21]
2007 Meet the Faith Himself Episode: "The Sex Show (Sleeping with Stereotypes)" [22]
Weeds 2 episodes [23]
Baisden After Dark 1 episode [24]
Nip/Tuck Kid's Bedroom Swinger Episode: "Chaz Darling" [25]
2016 Not Safe with Nikki Glaser Himself Episode: "I Miss David Bowie" [26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Steele in 2010 AVN Awards
List of accolades received by Lexington Steele
Total number of wins and nominations
Totals 31 44
AVN Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2000 Lexington Steele Male Performer of the Year Won [2]
2002 Won [27]
2003 Babes in Pornland: Interracial Babes Best Anal Sex Scene (Video) Won [28]
Lex the Impaler 2 Best Couples Sex Scene (Video) Won
Balls Deep 5 Best Director - Non-Feature Nominated [29]
Lexington Steele Male Performer of the Year Won [28]
2004 Chasing the Big Ones 17 Best Sex Scene Coupling - Video Nominated [30]
Initiations 12 Best Three-Way Sex Scene - Video Nominated
Lexington Steele Male Performer of the Year Nominated
2005 Lex Steele XXX 3 Best Anal Sex Scene Won [31]
Invasion! Best Couples Sex Scene (Video) Nominated [32]
2006 Lex Steele XXX 5 Best Anal Sex Scene (Video) Nominated [33]
Lexington Steele Male Performer of the Year Nominated
2008 Lexington Steele The Jenna Jameson Crossover Star of the Year Nominated [34]
2009 AVN Hall of Fame inductee Won [35]
Lex the Impaler 3 Best Couples Sex Scene Nominated [36]
Pole Position POV 8 Best POV Sex Scene Nominated
Lexington Steele The Jenna Jameson Crossover Star of the Year Nominated
2010 Breast Worship 2 Best Anal Sex Scene Nominated [37]
Lex the Impaler 4 Best Couples Sex Scene Nominated
2012 Lex the Impaler 6 Best Anal Sex Scene Nominated [38]
Lexington Steele Male Performer of the Year Nominated
2013 Alexis Ford Darkside Best Anal Sex Scene Nominated [39]
Massive Asses 6 Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene Nominated
The Avengers XXX: A Porn Parody Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2014 Double Black Penetration Best Double Penetration Sex Scene Nominated [40]
Lex Turns Evil Nominated
Slutty & Sluttier 19 Nominated
Lex Poles Little Holes Best Three-Way Sex Scene - B/B/G Nominated
Lexington Steele Male Performer of the Year Nominated
2015 Allie Best Anal Sex Scene Nominated [41]
The Lexecutioner 2 Nominated
Rump Raiders 5 Nominated
Nikki Benz Jungle Fever Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene Nominated
Lex's Point of View Best POV Sex Scene Won [42][43]
Anal Boot Camp 2 Best Three-Way Sex Scene - G/G/B Nominated [41]
Lex the Impaler 8 Nominated
2016 Angela 2 Best Double Penetration Sex Scene Nominated [44]
Lex's Point of View 3 Best POV Sex Scene Nominated
Lex Is Up Her Ass Best Three-Way Sex Scene - G/G/B Nominated
Lexington Steele Male Performer of the Year Nominated
2017 Orgy Masters 8 Best Group Sex Scene Won [45]
XRCO Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2004 Up Your Ass 18 Best Threeway Sex Scene Won [46]
Lexington Steele Male Performer of the Year Won
2005 XXX Sex Scene (Couple) Won [47]
2009 Lexington Steele XRCO Hall of Fame inductee Won [48]
AFW Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2004 Lex the Impaler 2 Best Sex Scene (Video) Won [49]
Up Your Ass 19 Best Anal Sex Scene (Video) Won
Lexington Steele American Male Performer of the Year Won
FOXE Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2005 Lexington Steele Male Performer of the Year Won [50]
Favorite Male Performer Won [51]
Male Fan Favorite Won [52]
Venus Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2005 Lexington Steele Best Actor (USA) Won [53]
2006 Best International Director Won [54]
NightMoves Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2004 Lexington Steele Best Actor (Fan's Choice) Won [55]
2014 Best Male Performer Nominated [56]
2015 Nominated [57]
Urban Spice Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2008 Lexington Steele Crossover Male Won [58]
Urban Spice Award – Visionary Won
Hot d'Or Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2009 Lexington Steele Best American Male Performer Won [59][60]
Urban X Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2010 MILF Magnet 4 Best Couple Sex Scene Won [61]
Lexington Steele Best Gonzo Director Won
2011 Director of the Year Won [62]
2017 Lex'd Best Couples Scene Won
LexingtonSteele.com Best Male Website Won [63]
Inked Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2015 Lexington Steele Male Performer of the Year Won [64]
XBIZ Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2008 Lexington Steele Male Performer of the Year Nominated [65]
2010 Nominated [66]
2011 Nominated [67]
2012 Nominated [68]
2014 Samantha Saint is Completely Wicked Best Scene - Vignette Release Nominated [69]
Lexington Steele Male Performer of the Year Nominated
2015 Allie Best Scene - Non-Feature Release Nominated [70]
Lexington Steele Male Performer of the Year Nominated
2017 Suicide Squad XXX: An Axel Braun Parody Best Actor - Parody Release Nominated [71]

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