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25 porn stars turned movie stars

15. John Bailey

The star: Cutting his thespian teeth on the stage, John Bailey made quite a name for himself in the San Francisco theater scene during the 1970s. He took part in improvisational groups and the like before landing bigger roles in Kentucky Fried Movie, Happy Days, and M*A*S*H. 

The movie: The 1980s saw Bailey adopt the name Jack Baker for his multiple porn appearances, that saw him making fun of racial stereotypes instead of taking the process quite so seriously. 

14. Spalding Gray 

The star: Oh yeah, you know who he is, don't you? That guy from the thing! Huh. Bet you never knew he worked in porn though! That's because Spalding Gray's acting credits, which span several decades, are typically in mainstream movies and TV. You might recognise him from Kubrick's The Killing Fields, King of the Hill, Beyond Rangoon, and Diabolique.  Alright, alright, you probably know him as the doctor from Beaches. There.

The movie: Before his acting career took off, and to help fund his love of theater and monologues, Gray stripped off and got down in a handful of skin flicks; Love-In '72, Little Orphan Dusty, Maraschino Cherry, and The Farmer's Daughters.

13. Paul Barresi 

The star: He's appeared in a number of mainstream flicks including John Travolta vehicle Perfect and John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars. Although according to the man himself, crossing over to the mainstream has been tough.

The movie: The first man ever to appear on the cover of Hustler, Barresi appeared in a string of porn movie throughout the '80s, before stepping behind the camera to direct his own series of gay porn titles. He is also notorious for his involvement in several celebrity sex scandals.

12. Ginger Lynn

The star: Lynn's Hollywood career isn't massive, but she still made a mark. She appeared alongside then-boyfriend Emilio Estevez in '90s western Young Guns II, cropped up in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects, and played the foxy Nurse Sanders in American Pie: Band Camp.

The movie: A hugely influential name back in the '80s, Ginger was known for her ceaselessly inventive dirty talk, and numerous scenes with porn legend John Holmes.

11. Tom Sizemore 

The star: Sizemore lucked out by having a last name rammed with innuendo (cheeky!) that also works well as a regular movie star name. Silver screen-wise, you'll know him from Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, and as one of the batshit cops egging on Christian Slater in True Romance. 

The movie: Bored of the rules established by porn - and desperate to make a bit of scratch - Sizemore opted to go his own way. How so? He started his own brand of online adult entertainment, which revolves solely around Sizemore's exploits with various women, all of whom are paid for. 

10. Dustin Diamond

The star: Diamond made his name as Zack Morris' curly-haired sidekick, who was, for the most part Scooby Doo in human form. After Saved By The Bell came to an end, good old Screech took his act on tour, appearing at many student unions across the UK, and... well, then he mainly got arrested a lot. 

The movie:  Yes. Screech did porn. Strictly speaking it's a sex tape that he directed and stars in, which bears the fantastic name Screeched: Saved By The Smell. Alright, it's really just disgusting.

9. Jenna Jameson

The star: A trained dancer, and phenomenal entrepreneur (seriously, her various businesses rake in millions and millions of dollars a year), Jameson makes the most of her reputation to snag some choice roles in the mainstream. She appeared in Howard Stern's Private Parts, Family Guy, and supplied her vocal talents to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4.

The movie: C'mon, you know her. She's possibly the biggest star in the skin flick industry, earning the title of "The Queen of Porn." Over the course of her career she clocked up 187 credits.

8. Traci Lords

The star: Lords' mainstream filmography is equally as impressive as her earlier work. She's appeared in the likes of Blade, Serial Mom, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, as well as the key role of Wanda Woodward in John Waters' trash classic Cry-Baby. But wait - it doesn't end there! On the small screen Lords has racked up, ahem, even more parts; Gilmore Girls, Roseanne, Married... With Children, Melrose Place, Tales from the Crypt, and Will & Grace all had her as a guest star.

The movie: Notorious for appearing in Penthouse when she was just 16, Lords crammed in more than a hundred pornographic movies in the following two years. That's a lot of jazz flicks!

7.  Shu Qi 

The star: Making a big splash in her native Taiwan, Shu Qi has earned a bootload of acclaim before setting her sights on Hollywood. Her first English-language film was 2002's The Transporter alongside Jason Statham, which she followed up with roles in The Eye 2, New York, I Love You. She's served as a jury member at the Berlin International Film Festival, too. 

The movie: Years before all that, Qi was a softcore porn model appearing in Hong Kong Penthouse and the Chinese edition of Playboy. She also cropped up in Viva Erotica - a film about the porn industry - and Sex and Zen II.

6. Sasha Grey

The star: Not your typical adult movie actress, Grey's credits are an impressive array into various visual arenas. She took the lead role in Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience - for which she snagged oodles of praise - a part in 2011's I Melt With You, a fictionalised version of herself on Entourage. She also played in a band and starred in music videos for Smashing Pumpkins and Eminem.

The movie: At the age of 18 Grey began her career in the adult film industry, and between 2006 and 2011 made a massive mark on the porn world. She was touted as the next big thing, becoming the youngest recipient of the Female Performer of the Year at the 2008 Adult Movie Awards.

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.