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harry reems dies at 65 after battle with cancer

harry reems dies at 65 after battle with cancer

Porn Star, Harry Reems, Dies at 65

Perhaps one of the most famous faces in pornography and the owner of one of the most iconic mustaches in history, Harry Reems, has passed away at the age of 65. Reems died on March 19th in Salt Lake City after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Harry Reems, whose real name was Herbert Streicher, showed up at the 1972 film set for “Deep Throat” expecting to act as a lighting director but was thrust into a much more high profile role as the films leading man when the hired actor failed to show. He was paid $250 for that one day of work. The film would become the biggest box office smash in pornographic film history. He would go on to star in over 140 adult films over the next 18 years.

The man who originated the porn mustache got caught up in a battle between pornography producers and the federal government in a high profile 1974 case. Reems and 11 other individuals were arrested for conspiracy to distribute pornography across state lines. He was convicted in 1976, but had that conviction overturned and he was re-tried and eventually charges were dropped. A lot of Hollywood heavyweights supported Reems during the trials by helping to pay his legal funds. Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty were among his financial backers.

After leaving the world of porn in 1989 and seeking help for his alcoholism, Reems turned to religion and began a successful career in real estate. Reems is survived by his wife, Jeanne.

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar/20/local/la-me-harry-reems-20130321