25 porn stars turned movie stars

It's a commonly known fact that most actors when trying to pave their way in Hollywood sometimes have to take, err... unusual routes to get there. I’m talking about the side gigs that those with a creative soul sometimes begrudgingly accept to pay the bills. (I once brushed wigs at a sanctuary for bald horses.) Some actors dabbled in the more adult side of the movie industry as pizza delivery guys/bored housewives before making the big time, so here's your chance to discover which of your favorite A-listers (no, seriously there's two!) started out in porn. 

25. Ron Jeremy 

The star: Ron Jeremy's popped up - no, no, no, not like that - in a fair few Hollywood flicks like Ghostbusters, Boondock Saints, and Detroit Rock City, usually playing a fictionalised version of himself. It's fiction because he doesn't play hide the sausage in any of them. 

The movie: There's no space to list ALL of Jeremy's adult films. Perhaps the most well-known male porn star of all time, Ron Jeremy carries a little podge around his middle that never seemed to stop him getting plenty of work. And by work, I obviously mean, jobs where he got paid to fellate himself. 

24. Riley Steele

The star: Steele's a blonde bombshell. Her mainstream breakout was, well, not a huge departure from her typical work. Piranha 3D saw her dressed in a bikini, making out with Kelly Brook and shortly thereafter getting eaten. By fish. 

The movie: Her first work in the adult film industry was for a Pirates of the Caribbean-inspired franchise entitled... uhh... Pirates. She appeared in the sequel too, Pirates 2: Stagnetti's Revenge, that boasts an insane $8 million budget thanks to loads of CGI. It's considered the most expensive adult film ever made.

23. David Duchovny

The star: Oh you know him. The star of The X-Files, Californication, and The X-Files revival. Duchovny's off-screen antics have earned him a bit of a reputation - he publicly confessed to being a sex addict - so it's not a huge surprise to learn of his earlier foray into sexytime.

The movie: Before he became a conspiracy-obsessed FBI agent, Mulder - I mean, Duchovny went all moody and arty for his starring role in The Red Shoe Diaries. Not a movie per se, the TV show is a softcore series - billed as an erotic drama, mind you - that raunched up weeknights back in the '90s. Duchovny stars as the host of a show that reads out saucy confessions. 

22. Francois Sagat

The star: French thespian Francois Sagat is making serious strides toward a fully-fledged Hollywood career. While there's nothing huge on his resume yet, he did bag a part in Saw VI as a drug addict, and the lead role of a homeless schizophrenic who believes he's an alien zombie in LA Zombie. 

The movie: Prior to dipping his toes in the trashier side of horror, Sagat established a full-blown, ahem, career as a gay porn star. He's worked in tons of different sub-genres, and even directed a fair few franchises. 

21. Karen Lancaume 

The star: Lancaume made waves in the early 2000s when she co-starred in the exploitation flick Baise-moi (it means 'fuck you' in French). Her major cinematic debut, the movie involved a series of pretty heavy-duty sequences that she handled well considering her only other experience was in the porn industry.

The movie: Lancaume only really delved into mainstream cinema for the one movie, instead choosing to really dedicate herself to pornographic material. In the span of six years, she starred in 40 films. Most of them are in French however, so you might struggle to get the plot. 

20. Dany Verrissimo

The star: Verrissimo caught the eye of Luc Besson in her native France back in 2004. Following a couple of walk-on roles in French TV dramas, so enamoured was Besson that he created a role specifically for her in his series Banlieue 13. She's cropped up in a recurring role in the period drama, Maison Close, that's being eyed by HBO for adaptation.

The movie: 18 was the age at which the actress first started dabbling in adult movies,  although her stint was remarkably brief. Two years later she gave up the porn for more serious roles.

19. Robert Kerman 

The star: A stalwart of the Italian horror scene during the early '80s Kerman's had his fair share of frights, appearing in the likes of Cannibal Holocaust, Eaten Alive, and Cannibal Ferox. A few years on he nabbed choice supporting parts in Night of the Creeps, No Way Out, and Spider-Man. 

The movie: In the midst of all that Kerman found time to get it on. A lot. He appeared in well over a hundred porno films after getting his start in the one that kicked it all off: Debbie Does Dallas.

18. Holly Sampson

The star: Apart from being one of the many women caught up in Tiger Woods' marriage scandal, Sampson is perhaps best known for getting caught up in Fred Savage's naughty thoughts in an episode of The Wonder Years. She also made a brief appearance in the Christian Slater movie Pump up the Volume. 

The movie: After her mainstream career trailed off in the mid-to-late '90s, she dabbled in softcore antics like Lady Chatterley's Stories before appearing in some seriously hardcore fetish porn.

17. Ilona Staller

The star: A Hungarian-Italian porn star, singer AND politician, there's nothing Staller won't try. As well as all that, she holds the prestigious honour of owning the first pair of breasts bared live on Italian TV. That's bound to put you on the map - she snagged a role in RepliKator, a sci-fi movie co-starring Ned Beatty. Does that count?

The movie: When she wasn't singing about sex, or joining the Italian government Staller appeared in many, many pornographic films using her stage name Cicciolina. 

16. Ashlyn Gere 

The star: Performing alongside '80s scream queen Linnea Quigley in a ton of great B-movie horrors like is a seriously cool way to kickstart an acting career. After all, horror is where loads of actors got their start. Gere popped up in Creepazoids and Lunch Meat, before nabbing smaller parts in X-Files, Jet Li's The One, and Willard.

The movie: Gere appeared in well over 200 films in her pornographic career snagging a bunch of industry awards in the process. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.
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