Top 10 Most Famous Adult Film Stars

Whether you’re a fan of adult films or an objector, there’s no denying the popularity of this form of entertainment. It’s estimated to garner about $10 billion in revenues each year. Its influence is so great in the entertainment industry that the battles between Beta and VHS, and Blu Ray or HD, were decided by the demands and trends set by porn. On the Internet, porn sites make up about 12% of all sites, taking in approximately $2.4 billion a year. 25% of all search engine requests are for adult material and 35% of all downloads are adult material. Porn actually was instrumental in developing key technologies for the internet, including credit card sales and web video.

Okay, so now that we have established the influence of pornographic materials, what about the people that make it? Here’s a list of those fine “actors” and “actresses” who have made it “big” in the business. All of these people got their start in hardcore, some have crossed over to become mainstream stars, some have become household names for other more notorious reasons, and some are just really, really good at what they do.


10. Vanessa Del Rio

Vanessa Del RioThe first and still the best, the original Latina porn queen, Vanessa Del Rio was almost a cartoon of Latin sexuality — dark, smoldering, olive skinned, with a wild mane of cascading raven hair, with an unbelievable fantasy of a 42-24-32 body, Vanessa was an embodiment of lust. Not just willing, not just eager, Del Rio reveled in the porn business, setting the standard for onscreen debauchery and spectacular decadence for years to come, and not just for Latinas.

Date of birth: 31 March 1952

Bio: Porn Star Vanessa Del Rio is the all-time queen of the Latina sex stars, a lusty, exotic slice of mocha-skinned sensuality. Her name is synonymous with fiery, no-holds-barred sex at its rawest. Vanessa Del Rio’s got a thick, full body with plenty of nice round curves, a large and jiggly butt, and full, ripe breasts that she just loves to play with herself. She’s got a pretty face with a slightly flat nose and a large mouth with thick lips. Vanessa Del Rio’s use of those lips is her porn claim to fame, as she has a well-deserved reputation as one of the top oral performers of all time. Her lusty, wet oral scenes are just the tip of the iceberg, though, and Vanessa Del Rio was staggeringly hot no matter what sexual act she was involved in. She was incendiary in the clinch, wildly writhing and tossing her body while she let loose with full-throated screams and moans that showed just how turned on she really was.

Vanessa Del Rio made her erotic debut in 1975’s ‘Reunion,’ and was a top star right up until her retirement in 1986. Her enthusiasm for all kinds of wild sex made her one of the most bankable of 70’s and 80’s stars. Producers and fans knew that the name Vanessa Del Rio meant sexual abandon, plain and simple. Vanessa Del Rio appeared in nearly 100 films and videos during her 11-year career and rarely disappointed fans of lust-crazed Latin erotica. A member of the X-Rated Critics Organization’s Performers Hall of Fame, Vanessa Del Rio is still one of the best-loved, most fondly remembered sex stars of all time, a bad girl with a feverish hunger for nasty, all-out sex.

Vanessa Del Rio received the award in 1980 from the Critics’ Adult Film Awards for the movie ‘Dracula Exotica’.

Vanessa Del Rio received the award in 1981 from the Critics’ Adult Film Awards for the movie ‘Dancers’.

Alternate Names:

Vanesa Del Rio | Vanessa Del Rio | Vannessa Del Rio | Venessa Del Rio | Venessa DelRio | Ursula Pasarell | Ursula Passarell | Violet Reason | Diane Reynolds | Vannessa del Rio | Venessa del Rio

9. Seka

SekaIt’s probably impossible to star in over 200 films and stay anonymous, even if those films are hardcore. Seka was one of the best-known, and prolific, porn actresses in the late 70s through mid-80s. Her look was pure ‘80s excess, with a new wave, platinum blond hair style, heavy make-up and cheesy Flashdance clothing. She “retired” in the mid-80s in part due to the AIDS epidemic, but returned to make several more films in the 90s. Following her porn career, Seka hosted a sex talk radio show in Chicago, and was the focus of a documentary called, “Desperately Seeking Seka” in 2002.

Date of birth: 15 April 1954

Bio: One of the most popular porn starlets of all time, Seka’s name is synonymous with 80’s porn. Seka’s a short-haired platinum blonde sex goddess who could perform any sex act with gusto and was able to raise temperatures with just a glance from her liquid eyes. Seka appeared in well over 100 films during her stay in the biz, and continues to turn up in ‘Best Of’ compilations.

Seka was managing an X-rated bookstore in the mid-70’s and found herself drawn to the lusty world depicted in her magazines. She moved to Los Angeles with the express ambition to be a sex star, never even considering trying out for more mianstream roles. Seka found work as a supporting player, but it wasn’t until 1978’s ‘Blonde Fire,’ where she starred opposite John Holmes, that she found the huge success that she’d been craving. Seka’s popularity soared just as the adult film industry was experiencing its video boom, and her name was on the lips of everyone who was curious about this exploding film scene.

Seka was a terrific businesswoman as well as sexual seductress, and she managed her own career with shrewdness and an eye on keeping herself at the top of the biz. And sure enough, for a time in the mid-80’s, anything with the name Seka on it was a guaranteed hit. Her sultry, seductive appeal made her a top star right up until her final film, 1986’s ‘Careful He May Be Watching.’ Seka currently lives in Chicago, where she keeps in touch with her still-huge fan base through her active fan club. Seka is a member of every porn star Hall of Fame there is, and she’s earned her place as one of the top starlets ever, a true erotic legend.

Most frequent partners in DVD/Films: John Holmes John Leslie Paul Thomas

8. Rocco Siffredi

Rocco SiffrediThis Italian actor/director/producer journeyman of Euro porn is probably the most well-known male adult film star in Europe. Starring in over 400 films, he is sometimes called “The Italian Stallion.” The married father of two boys has done several mainstream projects, including movies, TV and a commercial for snack chips, that was pulled off the air due to it’s supposed controversial nature.

Date of birth: 4 May 1964

Bio: Porn Star Rocco Siffredi is a blonde Italian uber-stud who ranks as the most popular male porn star in Europe and one of the top in the world. He’s a muscular, well-built hunk and is one of the few modern pornsters who’s uncircumcised. Rocco Siffredi’s known for his ultra-energetic and occasionally over the top sexing, and he is without a doubt one of the most tireless, insatiable studs ever to appear in hardcore. His sculpted good looks combine with his incredible sexual prowess to make him one of the most sought-after partners among porn starlets.

Rocco Siffredi got into European porn in the mid-80s, but it was his performances in a string of ‘Buttman’ flicks in the early 90s that first brought him to the attention of American fans. Rocco Siffredi played John Stagliano’s sidekick in quite a few of the hottest Buttman features, showing off his supercharged sexuality to a receptive U.S. audience. Some of his best work can be found in ‘Buttman’s European Vacation 1,’ where he takes on Silver Forrest and Zara Whites in a pair of award-winning scenes. His trysting with Debbie Dee in ‘Buttman’s Big Tit Adventure 3′ and with Ruby and Christi Lake in ‘Buttman’s Bend Over Babes 4′ are among his other decorated performances.

One of Rocco Siffredi’s best early U.S. releases is 1992’s ‘Chameleons,’ where he starred in a torrid trio of trysts. He joined Traci Winn for an early grind, then took on Ashlyn Gere in a sweaty, intense tussle that ranks among her best scenes ever. Rocco Siffredi closed out his powerhouse performance by treating Diedre Holland to some surprisingly romantic ravishing.

Rocco Siffredi moved behind the camera in 1994 and quickly established himself as one of the most talented directors on the scene. His videos became known for their uncompromising sexual hysterics, and Rocco Siffredi’s ravenous approach to his performances became even more intense. Filled with over-the-top antics like spitting, choking and slapping, Rocco Siffredi’s series like ‘Rocco Siffredi: Animal Trainer’ and ‘Rocco Siffredi’s True Anal Stories’ are the ultimate in raw, unfettered action.

Even as his directorial career has thrived, Rocco Siffredi has continued his passionate performing. He won a Best Couples Sex Scene Award from AVN for his work with Jenna Jameson in ‘Jenna Loves Rocco Siffredi.’ The winner of the 1992 and 1995 AVN Male Performer of the Year Awards and the 1993, 1994 and 1995 Fans of X-Rated Entertainment Favorite Male Award, Rocco Siffredi was elected to the XRCO Hall of Fame in 2001. By any standard, Rocco Siffredi is one of the most talented, sexually tireless studs the industry has ever seen.

Alternate Names:

Rocco Carlucci | Rock Malcovich | Roch Malkovich | Tano Rocco | Rocco | Roco | Rocco Safridi | Rocco Sifferdi | Rocco Siffreddi | Rocky Siffreddy | Rocko Siffredi | Rocco Sifreddi | Rocco Sifredi | Rocco Tano | Rock Tudor

7. Brigitte Lahaie

Brigitte LahaieIn 1980, at the height of her popularity, she decided to put an end to her hardcore career and appear in more traditional movies, such as I as in Icarus (Henri Verneuil, 1980) in which she played a stripper, and Pour la peau d’un flic (Alain Delon, 1981) in which she played a nurse. However, she also made some softcore and Nazi exploitation “video nasties” during this time.

At the end of her acting career, she became famous to the more general public after appearing on the French radio show, Les Grosses Tetes, broadcast on RTL.

She also recorded and released the single Caresse tendresse, in an effort to start a singing career. She met with neither commercial nor critical success.

She is now the host, on RMC Info, of Lahaie, l’Amour et Vous. The show airs daily, from 14:00 to 16:00, and mostly deals with topics of love and sexual relations. She is also a hostess on a French X-rated TV cable-channel talk show.

Brigitte Lahaie is also an avid fan of equestrianism, an interest first inspired when she saw the movie White Mane as a teenager.

Alternate Names:

Brigitte Bordeaux | Brigitte Deslages | B. Lahaye | Brigette Lahaye | Brigitte Lahaye | Brigitte Simonin | Brigitte Van Meerhaegue | Brigitte van Meerhaegue

6. Traci Lords

Traci LordsAfter a childhood of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and stepfather, Patricia Kuzma (aka Traci Lords) began adult modeling at age 15, by using a fake ID, provided to her by her mother’s ex-boyfriend (with whom she was living). By the time she was 18, she had appeared in over 100 adult films, almost all of which were made when she was underage. Once discovered, in 1986, the fallout was huge, costing the porn industry millions. Distributors and video stores were obliged to pull hundreds of thousands of her videos off shelves, to avoid child pornography charges. Lords was arrested, but with all the media coverage, she became a household name. She was able to parlay the publicity in a move to mainstream, appearing in numerous films, most notably, John Waters’ fun “Cry-Baby,” starring Johnny Depp, and more recently, Kevin Smith’s “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.” She has made countless appearances in dozens of TV shows, as well as having recurring roles in Roseanne and others. Her autobiography was a New York Times bestseller. Today, Lords continues to make mainstream movies, mostly low budget, straight to DVD films.

Date of birth: 7 May 1968

Bio: Porn Star Traci Lords is one of the most controversial and well-known figures in porno history. A blowsy blonde strumpet with a penchant for vocal sexual hysterics, Traci Lords was one of the top starlets of the mid-80’s. Traci Lords naturally breasty figure and wide-mouthed, pouty good looks took her straight to the top of the business within months of her debut.

Traci Lords was born Nora Louise Kuzma in Steubenville, Ohio on May 7, 1968.

Her only legal sexvid is 1987’s ‘Traci, I Love You,’ a self-produced star vehicle she made in France. The huge publicity generated by her admission made Traci Lords a household name, and she has since parlayed her notoriety into a good deal of mainstream success. Traci Lords has landed parts in quite a few ‘legit’ flicks, including John Waters’ ‘Cry Baby,’ ‘Not Of This Earth,’ and the 1998 vampire thriller ‘Blade.’ Traci Lords’ had a stint as the resident bad girl on Fox’s ‘Melrose Place’ and even had a hit record in the mid-90’s with her dance CD ‘1000 Fires.’ Traci Lords continues to pursue a mainstream acting and singing career. Ironically, her banishment from the porno biz has led her to more crossover success than any other hardcore starlet to date.

Alternate Names:

Nora Kuzma | Stacy Lords | Traci Elizabeth Lords | Tracie Lords | Tracy Lords

5. Linda Lovelace

Linda LovelaceAs star of one of the most famous hardcore films of all time, “Deep Throat,” Linda Boreman, nee Lovelace, lived a confused and sad life. She had a strict religious upbringing and was involved in an accident and contracted Hepititis from a blood transfusion. While healing, she became involved with Chuck Traynor, whom she later married, then accused of brutal beatings and forcing her to make porn at gunpoint and with threats and drugs. Prior to “Deep Throat,” she made a number of short hardcore “loops” for peep shows, including one featuring bestiality with a dog (which she at first denied, then claimed she was forced to do it by Traynor). “Deep Throat,” which achieved unprecedented popularity among mainstream audiences in 1972, believe it or not, was her only feature-length hardcore film. After that, she starred in two softcore R-rated films, including “Deep Throat 2.” She later went on to denounce her porn career, write her autobiography, and become a voice for the feminist anti-pornography movement.

In 2002, Linda was in another major accident and never recovered. She died at the age of 53. She left behind two children from a second marriage. Lovelace and the film were the subject of a very interesting 2005 documentary, “Inside Deep Throat” and will reportedly be played by Lindsay Lohan in a film due out next year.

4. Ron Jeremy

Ron JeremyRon Jeremy Hyatt, born to a middle class Jewish family in Queens, NY, earned a degree in education and worked as a special education teacher before entering the adult entertainment industry in the late ‘70s. He earned the nickname “Hedgehog” from fellow porn stars due to his hairiness. Ron is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for most appearances in adult films (numbering over 2,000) and is ranked as the number one male porn star by AVN (Adult Video News). A couple of lowbrow claims to fame were his ability to perform self-fellatio and his lack of need for any stimulants (Viagra is apparently very popular among male porn actors).

Ron Jeremy has been one of the more successful crossover stars, appearing in a number of mainstream films, including “Boondock Saints,” “Boogie Nights,” several B-movies from Troma Films (creators of “The Toxic Avenger”), and is the subject of a documentary called “Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy.” His likability and self-effacing nature have led to his many appearances on TV shows as well, most notably VH-1’s “The Surreal Life.” He still appears in and directs hardcore films, despite his obvious weight gain.

3. John Holmes

John HolmesOne of the most prolific male porn stars of all time, John Holmes starred in approximately 2,500 films, from loops to features, in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and is estimated to have had sex with about 3,000 women (and several men). Known mostly for his large penis, Holmes later gained notoriety for his involvement in a drug related shooting in LA. Born in Ohio in 1944, Holmes kicked around most of his teenage life due to problems at home. He joined the army, and later married. He was “discovered” by a photographer, who saw Holmes’ impressive member at a urinal, and encouraged him to get into porn. Holmes’ quickly became the King of Porn, and starred in a series of hardcore films as detective “Johnny Wadd.” He made dozens of films during this time, making lots of money and taking part in the excesses of fame, such as drugs and partying.

By the early ‘80s, a severe cocaine addiction had taken its toll. He wasn’t able to “perform” as well as he used to. Desperate for money and drugs, Holmes began prostituting himself and his new young girlfriend to men and women. He became involved in drug trafficking with various gangs, and was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of four drug dealers on Wonderland Avenue, in Laurel Canyon. He was later released due to lack of evidence. Holmes was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, probably from having sex with an HIV-positive man on film in the early ‘80s. (Holmes never used needles for drugs.) He died from complications of the disease in 1988.

His life was the subject of two movies, Boogie Nights (which was a loosely based account) and Wonderland. A documentary, Wadd-The Life and Times of John C. Holmes has attained some cult status.

2. Peter North

Peter NorthDate of birth: 11 May 1957

Bio: Peter North is a true porn legend in his own time, a man whose insatiable sexual appetites and knack for plentiful money shots has gotten him work in well over 1000 features since his 1985 debut. Peter’s a well-muscled hunk with perfect hair, a ladykilling smile and the clean-scrubbed good looks of a pornographic superhero. He’s a completely carnal creature who seems to exude sexuality from the moment he appears on screen.

Peter’s been one of the most in-demand porn actors from the time he hit the business, due in equal parts to his looks and his prodigious skills as a woodsman. His acting skills have never been strong, but Peter has made his name through pure lusty action. He won the first three Fans of X-Rated Entertainment Favorite Male Awards, and would probably still be winning them today if the organization didn’t cut off performers’ eligibility after three victories. Peter’s the most popular and well-known of all modern-day studs, and a starlet knows she’s hit the big leagues when she gets paired up with him.

Peter is a multi-talented stud who has appeared in a number of gay features under the name Peter North. It’s his straight work that has made him a star, though. His work in the ‘Pick Up Lines’ series has made that one of the most popular lines in recent years, and his work in flicks like ‘Sodomania 2′ and ‘Hot Tight Asses 14′ prove that he hasn’t lost a step. A member of both the AVN and XRCO Halls of Fame, Peter North is one of the most well respected and popular male porn stars in hardcore history.

Alternate Names:

Al Brown | Matt Ramsay | Matt Ramsey | Peter Worth

1. Nina Hartley

Nina HartleyDate of birth: 11 March 1959

Bio: Porn Star Nina Hartley is one of the best-loved, most highly respected sex stars of any era, a beautiful and outspoken woman who’s not afraid to speak up for herself and her chosen career. She’s a starlet who loves her work — and it shows. Nina Hartley’s a big-breasted blonde with a nice body and one of the greatest backsides to ever grace a porno flick. Her infectious smile and vivacious personality bring a sense of fun to each sex role she takes. When the action heats up, Nina Hartley’s right there with it, bringing a fiery touch to scenes of every kind. A confirmed bisexual swinger in her real life, Nina Hartley loves sex in all its forms, and names oral sex as her favorite on-screen activity.

Nina Hartley was attending San Francisco State University and dancing in clubs when she was approached by producer Juliet Anderson in March 1984. She merrily made the leap into hardcore, debuting in 84’s ‘Educating Nina’ at the age of 19. She hit the big time with featured performances in ‘Debbie Does Dishes’ and ‘Every Woman Has A Fantasy.’ Before long, she was one of the hardest-working women in the biz. To date, Nina Hartley has been in almost 500 features, and she’s still going strong. Her best film was as the erotic French maid in the award winning ‘Ten Little Maidens.’

An outspoken critic of censorship, Nina Hartley tours the country giving lectures at colleges about her unique and quite strong views on sexuality, feminism and pornography.

Nina Hartley is still one of the hottest performers in the biz, her lust for her work still as evident as ever. Nina Hartley’s unique blend of beauty, intelligence, sexuality and humor has made her one of the most well-loved women in porn to those both inside and outside the industry. In 1997, Nina Hartley landed a small but pivotal role in the acclaimed porn industry epic ‘Boogie Nights.’ She’s a class act and a real treasure, an earthy erotic treat that just keeps on going.

Nina Hartley received the award in 1987 from the Adult Video News for the ‘Ten Little Maidens’ .

Nina Hartley received the award in 1989 from the X-Rated Critics’ Organization for the movie ‘My Bare Lady’.

Nina Hartley received the award in 1989 from the Adult Video News for the movie ‘Portrait of an Affair’.

Nina Hartley received the award in 1991 from the Adult Video News for the movie ‘Last X-Rated Movie’.

Nina Hartley received the award in 1990, 1991, 1992 from the Fans of X-Rated Entertainment.

Nina Hartley received the award from the Fans of X-Rated Entertainment.

Alternate Names:

Anal Annie | Edith | Nina Hartely | Nina Hartly | Nina Hartman | Nina Hartwell | Nina

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