RIP, Harry Reems, Who Starred in Deep Throat with Linda Lovelace

Harry Reems, an ex-Marine who starred in Deep Throat, the most profitable porn movie - and maybe just movie movie - of all time, has died after battling various illnesses. He was 65.

From The Onion A/V Club obit:

In 1973, Manhattan Judge Joel J. Tyler famously deemed Deep Throat obscene, variously calling it a “feast of carrion and squalor,” “a nadir of decadence” and “a Sodom and Gomorrah gone wild before the fire.” In 1976, Reems—along with more than 60 other individuals and companies—was indicted in Memphis, Tennessee, and successfully convicted of conspiracy to distribute obscenity across state lines.

(Perversely, both [co-star Linda] Lovelace and [director Gerard] Damiano served as witnesses for the prosecution, having been granted immunity for their testimony. According to Reems, “Linda Lovelace just stood there, pointed, and said, ‘Yeah, that’s the actor I did the sex with in the movie,’ and the director stood up and said, ‘Yeah, that’s the actor I directed to have sex in the movie.’”)

Read the whole thing here.

Deep Throat may have grossed as much as $600 million. Reems was paid $100 for his efforts. He eventually left the adult movie biz, stopped drinking and drugging to excess, became a Christian, and went into real estate in Utah. The A/V piece includes the tidbit that Reems was originally cast to play the gym teacher in the John Travolta/Olivia Newton John film of Grease, but was bounced due to his clothes-shedding past.

Hat tip: Sean Higgins of the Washington Examiner.

In 2005, Jesse Walker wrote about the documentary Inside Deep Throat and what he called "progress at the cineplex." Read that here.

And in 2010, Reason TV asked, "Should Obscenity be Illegal?"

Hat tip: 

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  • Auric Demonocles||

    Deep Throat may have grossed as much as $600 million. Reems was paid $100 for his efforts.

    Sounds like he got screwed.

  • JW||

    Talk about your limp money shots.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    (Perversely, both [co-star Linda] Lovelace and [director Gerard] Damiano served as witnesses for the prosecution, having been granted immunity for their testimony. According to Reems, “Linda Lovelace just stood there, pointed, and said, ‘Yeah, that’s the actor I did the sex with in the movie,’ and the director stood up and said, ‘Yeah, that’s the actor I directed to have sex in the movie.’”)

    The important thing is, the prosecutor go a scalp to hang on his belt.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Today's porn stars just don't understand the sacrifice that their forebears made so that they could get paid to screw. They sicken me... yet I can't look away.

  • ||

    I'm a bit slow today and I saw RIP, Harry Re... and thought the article was going to go in an entirely different direction.

  • Hugh Akston||

    wrong obit. This one is about a hairy rod.

  • Irish||

    I misread it the same way, but I got to end of the sentence. So what I read was "RIP, Harry Reid, Who Starred in Deep Throat with Linda Lovelace." I was a bit surprised by the sudden career change.

  • Rich||

    "Hat tip: "? Come again?

  • Jordan||

    Harry Reems was born to be a porn actor, judging by his name.

  • ||

    And his mustache.

  • Almanian.!||

    And his wardrobe.

  • Brandybuck||

    Frankly I'm surprised to learn that that's his real name.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    Sooner or later, we all end up selling real estate in Utah.

  • Ted Levy||

    Harry Reems died today. Minutes later, his immense phallus also passed away...

  • ||

    Ron Jeremy has a brush with life and death, now Harry Reems dies. If Peter North has a stroke it will be definitive proof that these things do in fact come in threes.

  • Rasilio||

    ""Should Obscenity be Illegal?""

    What an idiotic question, how can you make a law against an arbitrary utterly subjective concept which has not quantifiable properties in the real world.

    One may as well as if Faeries should be illegal

  • Erik Jay||

    Urban myth, sorry. DEEP THROAT might have grossed those hundreds of millions if you count every transaction ever made, at every level, of any product vaguely related to it. I wrote an article back in 2009 in XBIZ magazine, interviewing the lawyers and business owners and people who KNOW what happened. That movie did not make anywhere near $600 million as the first poster attested. Before I spoke with Those Who Know, I found people claiming anywhere from $100 million on up. David Sutton, who's been around the adult biz forever and has encyclopedic knowledge about DEEP THROAT, should know. He told me, “I keep hearing these stories of $600 million. $20 million would probably be a pretty good number for it, maybe 50. But $600 million? Please!” Of course, at the time I wrote the piece, two sets of folks were claiming to be the owners -- Sutton and VCX vs. Ray Pistol and Arrow. The case was settled in 2011. I wonder what the LOTR trilogy "earned" when you add in all the dolls, bumper stickers, backpacks, chewing gum, and lunch boxes. (If you have a DEEP THROAT lunchbox, damn, put that sucker on eBay and retire!)

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