Rod Fontana

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Rod Fontana
Rod Fontana.jpg
Born Ronald Boyer[1]
(1952-09-18) September 18, 1952 (age 64)
Central, South Carolina, U.S.
Other names Rod Fontanna, Rod Fontana, Scuddle Fontana
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1][2]
Weight 220 lb (100 kg)[2]
Spouse(s) Liza Harper[1] (1989 - present)
Children Diana Boyer (born 2002)
No. of adult films 1191 as a performer & 175 as a director (approx. per IAFD)

Ronald Boyer, commonly known by the stage name Rod Fontana, (born September 18, 1952) is a pornographic actor and director. In 2005, he was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame.[3] He was reported to have retired from the adult film industry in 2007 to pursue religious interests,[1][2] but his career continued the next year.[4]

Early life[edit]

Boyer was raised as a Southern Baptist in Central, South Carolina, where he was also born. He preached when in his teens before studying history & religion at Southern Wesleyan University.[1]


Boyer left college early to join the U.S. Army and fight in the Vietnam War. On his return in 1975, he had expected to join the NYPD, but the job offer was withdrawn. A friend who was an actor suggested pornography, and Boyer filmed his first scene in the summer of 1976. He left pornography during the 1980s to rejoin the U.S. military, serving as an E-4 specialist. He returned to pornography in the 1990s.[1] Louis Theroux watched a porn shoot including Fontana for his 2005 book "The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures", calling him an "older guy, jolly, manic, overweight".[5]

The New York Times reported that Fontana retired from pornography in January 2007 and became a registered private investigator and interested in the Episcopal Church.[1][6] However, he appeared in and directed adult films for Hustler Video from the following year and said to AVN that the newspaper had misrepresented him.[4][7]

Personal life[edit]

Fontana is married to former pornographic actress Liza Harper. Their daughter Diana, born in 2002, nearly died of a staph infection in 2003. This incident eventually led the couple to become more religious.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Waxman, Sharon (July 15, 2007). "Man of the Flesh to Man of the Cloth". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2010.  (also see Corrections, 22 July 2007)
  2. ^ a b c "Personal Bio Rod Fontana". Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Past Winners - AVN Awards". Archived from the original on 2009-04-15. 
  4. ^ a b Sullivan, David (21 July 2008). "Rod Fontana Drills Porn Rookies in 'Barely Legal Boot Camp'". AVN. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Theroux, Louis (2008). Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures. Pan Macmillan. p. 49. ISBN 0-330-47348-4. 
  6. ^ "He is not working toward ordination". California Catholic Daily. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2011. He has been confirmed in the church; he is not working toward ordination as a priest or undergoing training to be a deacon. The article also referred incorrectly to efforts by Mr. Boyer to establish a ministry among sex workers. He discussed the plan with the vicar of his church; he did not meet with the second-ranking official of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles 
  7. ^ "The Flintstones: A XXX Parody". Internet Movie Database. November 1, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 

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