Porn Actor and Director John Leslie Dies at 65

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Porn actor and director John Leslie has died at the age of 65. He died of a heart attack at his home in California. Leslie was a veteran actor in what is referred to as porn’s Golden Age, notably the 1970’s and 1980’s, during which period he appeared in more than 300 porn films.

According to CBSNews, John Leslie’s real name was John Nuzzo. He was one of the very first actors within the porn industry to achieve a successful acting career and then become a director, too. He was still directing porn films at the time of his death.

While many people look upon porn films as perverse and degrading, there are those who have made the industry their life’s calling. It may be hard to imagine how and why one would seek such a means of gainful employment, when respectful jobs or even mainstream acting could have been an alternative pursuit, however.

John Leslie was the recipient of several awards within the porn industry. He won awards for his roles as actor and as director. Leslie became an inductee into the Legend of Erotica Hall of Fame, which is located in Las Vegas, and was inducted into AVN’s Hall of Fame as well.

A couple of the porn films for which John Leslie was best known include “Cry for Cindy” and “Talk Dirty to Me.”

Mark Kernes is senior editor of the adult film magazine AVN. He knew John Leslie very well, and said that as one of the first porn actors to cross from acting to directing, he was successful because of his “artistic eye for detail and talent for handling actors.”

“A lot of people really wanted to work with him because he took a lot of pride in his work, and paid attention to details,” Kernes said. He was also the one to confirm John Leslie’s death to the media.

Porn’s Golden Age came to an end in the late 1980’s when AIDS became a sudden prevalent issue within the industry. At that point in time only the very best within the industry remained successful. John Leslie was among those who did.

Despite John Leslie’s profession, and the great disdain many people have for it, he was loved by his family and friends and they are certainly mourning his death. John Leslie is survived by his wife Kathleen, to whom he was married for more than 23 years.

 

 

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