10 Actors Who Have Appeared In Adult Movies
It isn’t easy to get into the television or movie industry as an actor. The vast majority of stars will have had to go through a hell of a lot of misfortune and mistreatment, earning pennies for degrading roles. This is mainly because there isn’t an established route to becoming the next big celebrity sensation. Some are child stars who made the transition into Hollywood life at a young age, others spend years auditioning and working in low profile gigs while others simply fall into a role and get a lucky break.
Some actors, though, used another method to make a name for themselves and appear on screen by appearing in adult movies. Many of these cases saw big stars appear in porn films where they were first noticed by producers and developed for some of their acting skills that have made them so popular. In others, it was simply a way to earn money while struggling to get their next major role or after their career went downhill. Whatever the case, there are plenty of actors who have appeared in adult movies.
Sasha Grey is perhaps most famous for her role in Entourage, in which she played herself in six episodes. However, before this she had spent several years as a performer in adult entertainment, having entered the porn industry just after her 18th birthday. She went on to appear in a number of adult films and won numerous awards until she had a breakout role in The Girlfriend Experience. That has since allowed her to enter the mainstream movie business and appear in eight different feature films, a collection of TV series, music videos for Eminem and The Smashing Pumpkins and even the Saints Row video games.
David Duchovny is a familiar face to millions of people thanks to his starring role as Fox Mulder in the hit television series The X-Files. He appeared in every season of the show from 1993 to 2002 and has also had a number of appearances in other TV programs and movies. Before The X-Files though, he spent a year working as the narrator of Red Shoe Diaries, an erotic drama that saw Duchovny act as the narrator to highly sexual letters sent in by fictional women. As well as narrating and directing episodes, he also took part in some graphic sex scenes throughout the run of show.
Although the name Sibel Kekilli might not be well known to most people, she is instantly recognizable to millions as she had a major role in the HBO series Game of Thrones. Kekilli played Shae in the hit television series and appeared in 20 episodes between 2011 and 2014. The German actress got her big break when she was noticed by a casting director in a mall in Cologne and eventually got a part in the film Head-on. Her performances earned her awards and recognition but also led to the tabloid press revealing she had worked in the porn industry in the past and had appeared in a variety of adult films.
It would be pretty hard to find a person in the Western world who doesn’t recognize Matt LeBlanc. The actor was one of the six leading characters in the immensely popular sitcom Friends and has more recently won plaudits for playing an exaggerated version of himself in the show Episodes. Before he landed the part of Joey though, LeBlanc appeared in the erotic drama Red Shoe Diaries. He only had parts in two episodes but both feature graphic sex scenes.
Traci Lords caused one of the biggest ever controversies in the porn industry when it emerged in 1986 that she had appeared a huge number of adult movies while she was underage. This caused all but one of her films to be withdrawn from sale, costing production companies millions of dollars. She then went on to study method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater and had roles in shows such as MacGyver, Married… with Children, Will & Grace and Gilmore Girls as well as movie such as Blade and Devil May Call.
When Sylvester Stallone was still trying to make it as an actor, he was evicted from his apartment and became desperate for money. This led to him agreeing to appear in an explicit porn film called The Party at Kitty and Stud’s, a role for which he was paid $200. The video was largely forgotten until Stallone became a major star with the release of Rambo and Rocky and the original owner re-released the film in order to take advantage of his popularity.
Perrey Reeves is yet another star who appeared in the Playboy Entertainment erotic drama Red Shoe Diaries. She only appeared in a single episode of the show and didn’t engage in any hardcore sex scenes, though the actress was topless throughout her scene and seen bouncing on a bed. After her part in the adult TV series, she went on to have a starring role in Entourage and appearances in Rules of Engagement, Grey’s Anatomy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and The X-Files.
Perhaps the most well known actor to come out of Hong Kong, Jackie Chan has appeared in hundreds of martial arts movies and even made a name for himself in Hollywood thanks to the Rush Hour series. Famous for performing his own stunts and action packed sequences, he has also appeared in a comedy porn film in the 1970’s where he appeared completely naked during a sex scene. Chan doesn’t think his role in All in the Family is that bad and doesn’t seem to consider it a negative in his career.
Although Tom Sizemore is probably best known for his roles in films such as Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down, he became somewhat notorious in 2004 when he launched his own adult movie website that featured the actor having sex with a variety of different women. This came after a range of legal problems that saw Sizemore serve time for drug offences and be snubbed by Hollywood as he battled addictions. In 2005, the tape was released commercially by XPays, the company behind the Paris Hilton sex tape, though it isn’t known how well it performed.
Those who watch a lot of porn or follow the industry will not be surprised to see Marilyn Chambers on this list. She is one of the most famous adult film stars of all time and has won numerous awards and considered one of the greatest porn actors that has ever lived. Probably best known for the erotic films Behind the Green Door and Insatiable, she has also appeared in a large number of mainstream movies such as The Owl and the Pussycat and Together.