John Holmes, who made hundreds of sexually explicit films during a career spanning two decades, died Saturday night at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Sepulveda, according to his manager, William Amerson. He was 43 years old and was reported to have had AIDS. The cause of death was not immediately known, Mr. Amerson said Sunday.
Wikimedia Commons John Holmes. The life of John Holmes plays out like the script of one of his movies : full of twists and turns, and drugs and women — copious amounts of the latter two. Tidbits like the fact that he had several degrees from UCLA, that he had been a child actor on Leave it to Beaver ; and that he had a Before making his big break in the pornography industry, John Holmes worked in relatively mundane jobs. He worked as an ambulance driver, a shoe salesman, a furniture salesman, and a door-to-door brush salesman.
John C. For a time, John Holmes was silent. I was involved. I know who did it. In a recent interview with The Times, Sharon Holmes, who divorced the late actor in , described for the first time the story her husband told her less than three weeks after the July 1 killings. John Holmes recounted how he led three thugs to the tightly secured drug house on Wonderland Avenue, escorted them in, and stood by as they bludgeoned the five people inside, spattering Holmes with blood. One woman survived the attack. John Holmes, who was tried for and acquitted of the crimes, never told his wife the names of the assailants, she said.
IN the summer of , in one of the bloodier and more notorious murders in the annals of Los Angeles, four people connected to the legendary pornography star John C. Holmes were bludgeoned to death at Wonderland Avenue. The killings, which provided some of the inspiration for Paul Thomas Anderson's film ''Boogie Nights,'' are the focus of a new movie. Nash's bodyguard with the murders. Val Kilmer stars as Holmes, whose generous physical endowment had made him the most successful porn actor of his day. The best known of his more than 2, films are those in which he played a private detective named Johnny Wadd.