Kerman in Debbie Does Dallas (1978)
Robert Charles Kerman
December 16, 1947
|Died||December 27, 2018 (aged 71)|
New York City, New York U.S.
|Other names||R. Bolla, R. Bollo, Trevor Manmak, Bobbie Ball, Tom Triplett, Martin Spellman, Neil Ronds, Bob Kerman, R. Bola, Robert Kerns, Robert Brown, Richard Bollo, Richard Bola, Robert Kerr, Robin Hoock, Richard Balla, Richard Lair, Robert Bolla, Richard Bolla, Richard Bocca, Richard Bollar, Sam Speed|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||169 lb (77 kg; 12.1 st)|
Robert Charles Kerman (December 16, 1947 – December 27, 2018), also known as R. Bolla, was an American actor who had a noted pornographic acting career during what is considered to be the "golden age" period of the porn film industry during the mid-1970s to the early/mid-1980s. He grew up in a middle-class Italian neighborhood of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. As R. Bolla (or Richard Bolla, a pun on slang terms for penis and testicles), he appeared in well over 100 pornographic films, most famously Debbie Does Dallas (1978). He was one of few adult performers to have an appreciable mainstream acting career, with his most widely-known leading role being Professor Harold Monroe in the controversial horror film Cannibal Holocaust (1980).
Adult film career
Kerman's on-screen sex appearances began with director Roberta Findlay's Anyone But My Husband. He became one of the most prolific male stars of the Golden Age of Porn. Unlike many of his adult-industry peers, Kerman bitterly regretted his participation in the adult film industry, especially being in the film Debbie Does Dallas, which he felt ruined any prospect of him attaining mainstream acting success. He stated: "In retrospect I'm really sorry that I did it, because I probably ruined the best years of my life as an actor." He was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 1998.
Although starting his paid career in adult films, Kerman was a trained actor who won minor parts in such mainstream productions such as The Goodbye Girl (1977) and The Concorde ... Airport '79. In the 1980s, he starred in several Italian horror films, including Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust, and Umberto Lenzi's cannibal films Mangiati Vivi and Cannibal Ferox. Still, he remained active in pornography throughout the first half of the decade, with roles including Lawyer Quim in Liquid A$$ets (1982), and Fritz von Holenwohl in the Henri Pachard directed Public Affairs (1984). In 1985, attempting to work solely in mainstream productions, he obtained a Hollywood agent and went on to play supporting roles in television series such as Hill Street Blues and Simon & Simon, In 1987 he appeared in the film No Way Out. He continued to appear in pornographic cinema and was dropped by his agent. Unable to find work and feeling betrayed, he slid into years of depression and substance abuse.
In the DVD commentary for Cannibal Holocaust (in interview with Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski), Kerman described film director Ruggero Deodato as "remorseless" and "uncaring". Incensed by the realization during filming that an animal's death was not being faked, Kerman physically tackled the director and stormed off the set. He was not present when other animals, including a coatimundi, were killed. Kerman was also a guest for the film's 35th-anniversary screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Yonkers, New York, on February 28, 2015.
In the 2000s, Kerman played a sea captain in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, and Dr. Monroe in the drama short Vic, directed by Sage Stallone. He made personal appearances at horror conventions to speak about his experiences on Cannibal Holocaust. Kerman died on December 27, 2018, at the age of 71 of complications of diabetes.
- 1975: Anyone But My Husband (as Robert Kerr)
- 1976: Blow Dry (as Richard Bolla) – Director: David Secter
- 1977: Punk Rock (as Richard Bolla) – Director: Carter Stevens
- 1978: Debbie Does Dallas (as Richard Balla)
- 1979: Concorde Affaire '79 – Director: Ruggero Deodato
- 1979: The Concorde ... Airport '79 – Director: David Lowell Rich
- 1980: The Satisfiers of Alpha Blue (as R. Bolla) – Director: Gerard Damiano
- 1980: Inside Seka – Director: Seka
- 1980: Cannibal Holocaust – Director: Ruggero Deodato
- 1980: Eaten Alive! – Director: Umberto Lenzi
- 1981: Amanda by Night (as R. Bolla) – Director: Gary Graver
- 1981: Debbie Does Dallas Part II (as R. Bolla)
- 1981: Cannibal Ferox – Director: Umberto Lenzi
- 1982: The Devil in Miss Jones Part II (as R. Bolla) – Director: Henri Pachard
- 1982: The Clairvoyant – Director: Armand Mastroianni
- 1982: Mission Hill – Director: Bob Jones
- 1983: Public Affairs (as R. Bolla) – Director: Henri Pachard
- 1984: Liquid A$$ets (as R. Bolla)
- 1984: Death Mask – Director: Richard Friedman
- 1985: Hot Blooded (as R. Bolla)
- 1985: Spitfire (as R. Bolla)
- 1986: Night of the Creeps – Director: Fred Dekker
- 1987: Street Heat (as Richard Bolla)
- 1987: Corporate Assets (as R. Bolla)
- 1987: No Way Out – Director: Roger Donaldson
- 1998: Men Under Water – Director: Douglas Morse
- 2002: Spider-Man – Director: Sam Raimi
- 2006: Vic – Director: Sage Stallone
- 1981 Adult Film Association of America Award – Best Supporting Actor (Outlaw Ladies) tied with Richard Pacheco
- 1983 Critics Adult Film Award – Best Supporting Actor (Devil in Miss Jones 2)
- 1997 AVN Hall of Fame
- 2008 XRCO Hall of Fame
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- "R. Bolla: Adult Film's Method Actor" Podcast 12" (Podcast). TheRialtoReport.com. June 2, 2013. Archived from the original on January 15, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
- Kernes, Mark. "Remembering R. Bolla". AVN.com. Adult Video News. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
- Interview, Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered (2005 Channel 4 documentary). timestamp???
- “Cannibal Holocaust” with Robert Kerman
- Event Report: “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” in 35mm at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers with Robert Kerman Q&A
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- "AVN Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on March 31, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01.
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