List of mainstream actors who have appeared in pornographic films
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This is a list of mainstream actors who have appeared in pornographic films that includes performers who appeared in adult films early, later on, or throughout their careers, but all are known primarily for their mainstream acting. Not every actor or actress listed has performed in sexually explicit scenes, although some have done so. Rather this is a list of documented appearances by mainstream actors in soft core and hard core pornographic films (movies) over the course of their careers.
Appearances in non-sexual roles
- John Gielgud, Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren and Peter O'Toole appeared in the movie Caligula, a film where producer Bob Guccione would eventually film and add explicit unsimulated sex scenes after the original filming has been completed; McDowell later expressed his outrage over this. Gielgud also wrote a screenplay for a pornographic film.
- Aldo Ray appeared in a single, non-sexual role, in the 1979 film Sweet Savage along with Carol Connors, of Deep Throat fame.
- Cameron Mitchell appeared in the 1983 film Dixie Ray, Hollywood Star as the Lieutenant, often in scenes with star John Leslie.
Appearances in sexual roles
- John Bailey is known for the role of C.C. McNamara on the Sid and Marty Krofft children's television program Wonderbug (1976). He also had a recurring role on Happy Days as "Sticks", the drummer of Richie's band; M*A*S*H (1972), Good Times (1974) and in the feature film, The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977). During the 1980s, Bailey began a career in pornographic films under the pseudonym Jack Baker.
- Lilli Carati, a star of Italian genre cinema, starred on several pornographic films in the late 1980s.
- Maitland Ward, an actress played Rachel McGuire on the sitcom Boy Meets World and Jessica Forrester on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, has also recently begun appearing in adult films
- Jackie Chan – In 1975, due to the commercial failures of his early ventures into films and trouble finding stunt work, Chan starred in a comedic adult film All in the Family in which Chan appears in his first nude sex scene. It is the only film he has made to date without a single fight scene or stunt sequence.
- Milly D'Abbraccio appeared in several Italian genre films, sometimes in main roles, before switching to porn in the late 1980s.
- Dustin Diamond – In 2006, Diamond directed and released his own sex tape, Screeched – Saved by the Smell.
- Jaimee Foxworth – Child star Foxworth, at age nineteen, switched to starring in pornographic films, usually credited as "Crave". Her transition to the pornographic industry was covered by The Oprah Winfrey Show in a dedicated show entitled "Former Child TV Star Reveals the Biggest Mistake of Her Life".
- Stephen Geoffreys – During the 1990s, Geoffreys appeared for several years in pornographic movies, using the alias "Sam Ritter".
- Spalding Gray appeared in three adult films in the 1970s including Farmer's Daughters.
- Sibel Kekilli – The German actress known for her role in Game of Thrones acted in pornographic films using the stage name "Dilara".
- Kelli McCarty – The soap opera star appeared in a single adult film, Faithless, after contacting Vivid Entertainment to explore the idea.
- Angelique Pettyjohn – Pettyjohn was an American actress and burlesque queen. She appeared as the drill thrall Shahna in the Star Trek episode, "The Gamesters of Triskelion". During the early 1980s, she performed in the hardcore adult films Titillation (1982), Stalag 69 (1982), and Body Talk (1982). She later appeared in such cult classic features as The Lost Empire (1983) and Repo Man (1984),
- Kira Reed – Originally had a website that featured her husband and herself engaging in explicit sexual acts. She later went on to appear in a movie called Basically Becca produced in 2001 by Wicked Pictures.
- Simon Rex – The MTV personality in 1993, at age 19, he appeared solo in scenes for two masturbation porn films, Young, Hard & Solo II; Young, Hard & Solo III. In 1998, at 24, he appeared in Hot Sessions III. Archived footage was used in two movies in 2000: Hot Sessions 11 and Hot Sessions 12.
- Holly Sampson – As a teenager she had mainstream acting roles appearing as Fred Savage's love interest in the Wonder Years episode "The Summer Song" (1989), as well as the film Pump Up the Volume. She starred in Other Men's Wives (1996) and had a minor role in the 1998 Angelina Jolie movie Gia. Sampson began her career in the porn industry by doing several hardcore films in 1998 under the single-name aliases "Nicolette" and "Zoe," but quickly left this side of the industry to perform in softcore films. In 2008, Sampson returned to the hardcore non-fetish side of adult film, under the name Holly Sampson.
- Tom Sizemore – "The Tom Sizemore Sex Scandal" is a DVD video featuring actor Tom Sizemore having sex with multiple women, released by Vivid Entertainment, on 19 October 2005. Reports claim the sex video was orchestrated Falcon Foto, a pornographic media business, all on the hush-hush, then "discovered" as some celebrity sex tape.
- Ilona Staller – She had an established mainstream career in Italian 1970s genre cinema before starring in a number of pornographic films with the stage name "Cicciolina" starting from 1983.
- Sylvester Stallone – Stallone had his first starring role in the softcore pornography feature film The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970). He was paid $200 for two days' work. The production company later changed the title of the movie to The Italian Stallion in order to capitalize on Stallone's success in his break out role in Rocky.
- Karrine Steffans – In 2006, video vixen and author Karrine Steffans appeared in an adult film released by Vivid Entertainment.
- Scott Schwartz – In the 1990s, Schwartz worked in the adult film industry in minor, non-sexual roles, and behind the scenes in numerous administrative roles. He eventually starred in several sexual roles. After appearing in more than a dozen films in a non-sexual capacity he quit in 2000. Schwartz is best known for his role in A Christmas Story as the character Flick, who gets his tongue stuck to a frozen flag pole.
- Kelly Jean Van Dyke – Was a child actress known for her appearances on the television series My Mother the Car and Accidental Family in the 1960s. Also known as Nancee Kelly, she is the daughter of actor Jerry Van Dyke and the niece of Dick Van Dyke. She appeared in over twenty-five adult films before her death in 1991.
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