Tom Byron

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Tom Byron
Tom Byron 2012.jpg
Byron in 2012
Thomas Bryan Taliaferro Jr.

(1961-04-04) April 4, 1961 (age 59)
Houston, Texas, United States
Other namesTom Byrom, Tim Byron, Tom Bryon, Tom Byran, Tommy Byron
Years active1982–present (as performer)[1]
1996–2013 (as director)[1]

Tom Byron (born Thomas Bryan Taliaferro Jr.; April 4, 1961) is a former American pornographic actor, director and producer. A member of the XRCO[2] and the AVN Halls of Fame,[3] Byron was also voted #20 in AVN's top 50 pornstars of all time.[4] Byron was also a co-founder and co-owner of the defunct Xtreme Pro Wrestling (XPW) independent professional wrestling promotion.

Early life[edit]

He is of Italian descent and was raised in Orange, Texas. He attended Stark High School and later West Orange-Stark high school where he graduated in 1979. He was known as a standout on trumpet in the high school band. He is an alumnus of the University of Houston.[5]


Byron first started acting in hardcore films in May 1982,[6] and continued to perform mostly in roles portraying Doctor or "coming of age" scenarios, as he resembled a teenager even though he was in his early to mid-20s. He starred alongside the underage Traci Lords in many films including her porn debut in early 1984, What Gets Me Hot! He was also said to have had an ongoing off-screen relationship with Lords, though he later downplayed their relationship.[6]

He has changed his image several times throughout his career, frequently portraying a clean-shaven, adolescent virgin in his early years in porn. His late 1980s long-haired hard rock persona was no pretense, as Byron was at that time moonlighting as a struggling hard rock musician in Hollywood with hopes of a legitimate career in music. By the early 1990s, Byron again changed his persona and appearance to that of a clean cut "businessman" type.

In August 1993, Byron announced his retirement from performing to focus on his directing career, but in the fall of 1996, after just three years, he returned to performing in numerous scenes, most notably his House of Ass series for his own company Evolution Erotica.

In February 2007, Byron founded Tom Byron Pictures. In December 2012, Byron announced that he was no longer part of this first company and was forming a second, Tom Byron Company.[7]


Byron appeared in about 3,200 videos in his pornographic career.[1], making him the most credited actor in Internet Adult Film Database[8]

His earliest video that can be dated with certainty is Anything Goes from 1982. Other videos that Byron has done include Asseaters Unanimous series.[9]


Byron at AVN Awards in 2006
List of accolades received by Tom Byron
Total number of wins
Totals 42
AVN Awards
Year Category Nominated work
1985[10] Best Couples Sex Scene - Film Kinky Business
1990[10] The Chameleon Best Couples Sex Scene - Video
1992[10] Best Actor - Video Sizzle
1998[10] Indigo Delta
Best Gonzo Series Cumback Pussy
Male Performer of the Year N/A
Best Gonzo Release Whack Attack 2
2000[10] Best Supporting Actor - Video LA 399
2008[11] Best Actor Layout
Best Couples Sex Scene - Film
2010[12] Best Supporting Actor - Video Throat: A Cautionary Tale
2011[13] Best Actor The Big Lebowski: A XXX Parody
Best Big Butt Series Big Ass Fixation
2013[14] Best Supporting Actor Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody
CAFA Awards
Year Category Nominated work
1984[15] Best Actor Private Teacher
Best Couples Sex Scene
Best Supporting Actor Sister Dearest
XBIZ Awards
Year Category Nominated work
2010[16] Male Porn Star of the Year (People's Choice) N/A
2017[17] Best Non-Sex Performance Not Traci Lords XXX: '80s Superstars Reborn
AFAA Awards
Year Category Nominated work
1986[18] Best Erotic Scene New Wave Hookers
F.O.X.E. Awards[19]
Year Category
1991 Male Fan Favorite
FSCLA Awards
Year Category
2002 Lifetime Achievement Award - Actor
XRCO Awards
Year Category Nominated work
1985[20] Stud of the Year N/A
XRCO Video Stallion
1986[21] XRCO Best Group Grope Scene New Wave Hookers
1989[21] XRCO Best Male-Female Sex Scene Naked Stranger
Male Performer Of The Year N/A
1990[22] XRCO Best Couples Sex Scene - Video The Chameleon
1992[21] Best Anal Scene Bend Over Babes II
1993[23] XRCO Hall of Fame inductee N/A
1996[22] Best Actor (Single Performance) Flesh
Best Anal or DP Scene Car Wash Angels
1997[22] Best Actor Indigo Delta
Best Anal Scene Behind the Sphinc Door
Male Performer of the Year N/A
1998[22] Best Gonzo Series Whack Attack


  1. ^ a b c "Tom Byron". Internet Adult Film Database. Retrieved October 12, 2008.
  2. ^ "XRCO Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  3. ^ "AVN Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  4. ^ "AVN's Top 50 Porn Stars of All Time [January 2002]". Retrieved 2013-09-25.
  5. ^ Wallace, David Foster (December 2005). Consider the Lobster. Little, Brown and Co. p. 31.
  6. ^ a b "Tom Byron May 2000 interview". Archived from the original on 2007-12-26. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  7. ^ "Porn Veteran Tom Byron Launches Tom Byron Company". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  8. ^ "Deep Inside : A Study of 10,000 Porn Stars and Their Careers". Retrieved 2013-01-19.
  9. ^ "Tom Byron Releases 'Asseaters Unanimous 22'". Xbiz. Xbiz. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Past AVN Award Winners". Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  11. ^ "2008 AVN Award Winners Announced". Archived from the original on 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-01-14.
  12. ^ "2010 AVN Award Winners Announced". 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
  13. ^ "AVN Announces the Winners of the 2011 AVN Awards". 2011-01-09. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  14. ^ "And Now... The 2013 AVN Award Winners!". 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  15. ^ "rame awards list". Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  16. ^ Lyla Katz (2010-02-11). "XBIZ Awards 2010 Winners Announced". Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  17. ^ XBIZ Award Winners, XBIZ, January, 2016
  18. ^ "10th Annual Erotic Awards," Adam Film World, January 1987, p. 7
  19. ^ "Adult Video Awards", Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  20. ^ MayorDefacto. "Transcript of the video A Night of Legends: First Annual XRCO Adult Film Awards". Retrieved 2008-08-09.
  21. ^ a b c "Tom Byron Awards". Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  22. ^ a b c d "XRCO past winners". Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  23. ^ "The XRCO Hall of Fame", Adam Film World Guide 1994 Directory of Adult Films, p. 57

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