'Deep Throat' star Harry Reems dies

Harry Reems, star of the 1972 porno crossover hit Deep Throat, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer at Salt Lake City’s VA Hospital. Reems’s passing was first reported this morning by the actor’s close friend Don Schenk; a representative of the hospital confirmed his death to EW. Reems was 65.

Born Herbert Streicher, Reems initially pursued a career in legitimate theater. He began appearing in pornographic films in the early 1970s, achieving national notoriety when Deep Throat premiered in the summer of  1972. The film’s popularity led the FBI to indict Reems for conspiracy to distribute obscene material across state lines, making him the first actor to be prosecuted by the federal government on obscenity charges. Though he was convicted in April 1976, the conviction was overturned the following year.

Reems later descended into alcoholism and homelessness, recounting his downward spiral and road to recovery in the 2005 documentary Inside Deep Throat. The actor said that he took his last drink in 1989; in 1991, he married his wife, Jeannie. The couple had no children.

Reems’s death comes just months after Lovelace, a film about the making of Deep Throat, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Amanda Seyfried stars as the title character, Linda Lovelace; Adam Brody appears in the film as Reems. The movie was acquired by RADiUS — TWC for a reported $3 million, and will likely reach theaters nationwide this year.

Read more:
Sundance: ‘Lovelace’ is a porn biopic that gets under your skin, with a revelatory performance by Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace
‘Lovelace’s Peter Sarsgaard on playing the villain: ‘Even my mother-in-law has me typecast’
Movie Review: ‘Inside Deep Throat’


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