Randy West (actor)

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Randy West
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Randy West in 2009
Born (1947-10-12) October 12, 1947 (age 69)
New York, NY
Other names Andy Abrams, Andy Deer, Johny West, Randy Abrams
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Website http://www.randywest.com/

Randy West (born October 12, 1947) is an American retired pornographic actor.[1]

Early life and pre-porn career[edit]

West grew up in New York City and moved to southern Florida in the late 1960s.[1] He originally aspired to play professional baseball and attended the University of Miami on a baseball scholarship.[2] He then changed directions and decided to pursue a career in music, performing in several unsuccessful rock bands over the course of the next decade. West also worked as a nude art model during this period.[1] He then moved to California in 1979 where he became a member Chippendale's dancer, stripping at private events between 1980 and 1992.[1]

Acting career[edit]

West's pornographic career began in 1978 with an appearance in the film Mystique while still living in Florida.[1] In August 1980 he garnered attention when he became the first model to appear in the centerfold of Playgirl magazine with an erection.[1][3] Later in his career he was cast as Robert Redford's body double in the 1993 Paramount Pictures film Indecent Proposal.[1] He has performed with numerous porn actresses early on in their careers, including Seka, Jenna Jameson and Tera Patrick. In fact, West has been given credit for bringing future superstars Jameson and Patrick into the adult business.[2] Additionally, he was the first male performer to work with future stars Victoria Paris and Ashlyn Gere.[1]

West's on-screen sexual performance has been referred to by observers a being like that of a "human pile driver".[4] He has appeared as a performer in over 1,300 pornographic films, alongside an estimated 2,500 female co-stars.[1]

West appeared in the 2012 documentary film After Porn Ends, in which his life since retiring as a porn performer is discussed.

Producer[edit]

West became involved in the more lucrative production side of the porn industry in 1993, as producer of adult films such as the Up and Cummers series which showcased new performers.[1] With this and other series like I Love Lesbians, Real Female Masturbation and others, West's videos focused on "Real people having real sex – what a novel idea!" In one final video he stated that one of his greatest pleasures was watching his female partners have orgasms. Episodes had a fairly standard format: A short interview with the female performer to establish some background facts. Whether these were somewhat fictionalized or not, the chat established the young lady as an individual. Then came a succession of sex acts, each with the female performer an avid participant, including in almost every case, her orgasm. Randy filmed Jenna Jameson's first ever scenes for "Up and Cummers 10" & "11."[1] All of West's productions are distributed by Evil Angel.[1] He is the CEO of Randy West Productions.[1]

Personal life[edit]

West's father and grandfather died from heart attacks. He himself suffered a heart attack on 2 June 2009 while working out in the gym and underwent emergency surgery to correct an occlusion in the anterior interventricular branch of his left coronary artery, commonly known as the widowmaker. He received a good prognosis for recovery.[5][6]

West never married and fathered no children, which he attributes to his career having made it hard for him to have formed "normal relationships".[7] As of 2011, West was living in Las Vegas. He attributes his retirement from the industry due to the fact that it is based in Los Angeles and that he would no longer like to live there.[8] As of 2013, he spends his time competing in celebrity golf tournaments for charity.[9]

Awards[edit]

  • 1993 – Lifetime Achievement Award from the Free Speech Coalition[1]
  • FOXE Award for Fan Favourite (Male) in '94, '95, '96 and '97[1]
  • XRCO 1994 – Best Pro-Am Series, Up and Cummers[1]
  • XRCO 1995 – Best Pro-Am Series, Up and Cummers[1]
  • AVN 1995 – Best Pro-Am Tape, Up and Cummers 7[1]
  • AVN 1997 – Best Pro-Am Tape, Up and Cummers 33[1]
  • AVN 1999 – Best Ethnic-Themed Series, Up and Cummers
  • AVN 1999 – Best Pro-Am or Amateur Series, Up and Cummers[10]
  • AVN 2001 – Best Pro-Am or Amateur Series, Up and Cummers[10]
  • AVN 2002 – Best Pro-Am or Amateur Series, Up and Cummers[10]
  • AVN 2008 – Silverback of the Porn Industry, "He eats first"
  • Listed at number 29 on the "List of Top 50 Porn Stars of All Time" by Adult Video News.
  • Member of the AVN, FOXE and XRCO Halls of Fame[1]
  • Nominated in the AVN 'Best Actor' category 15 times[1]

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