|William "Bill" Eld|
New York, USA
There are reports that Eld (aka Bill Young & Big Bill) died of a cocaine overdose in the mid-1980s. A date of death has never been ascertained, nor any personal information (which would have come out at the time of death, such as real name, place of death, birthdate, etc.)
After surviving a rough childhood and youth that was filled with foster homes and living at an orphanage until he was 18, Bill said he enjoyed being the center of attention as an actor. But by the end of the 1970's things were changing in the adult film business and also with Bill as a man. Now into his 30's in the early 1980's, he reportedly preferred living on the east coast to Hollywood. For years there have been suggestions that in his personal life he was a heterosexual straight man, which he preferred to keep personal. While impossible to know the truth, his beginnings in the adult entertainment industry were in straight media (performing live with a woman on stage in San Francisco and then initially in male/female stag loops) and for most of his gay work, his roles were definitely "all male" in terms of activity. According to many sources of information on the Internet, Bill Eld passed away of a cocaine overdose in the mid-1980's, however skeptics point out that no actual date of his death seems to be provided. Another ending to the Bill Eld story suggests that (being a straight man in his 30's, tired of the business and seeing the horrors of AIDS developing) he quit the business and decided to simply drop out of sight.
What we know for certain is that Bill Eld left the business in the mid-1980's; the real reason we may never know, but without a doubt he remains one of the true iconic stars of gay media history
Created by: Pat McArron
Record added: Nov 28, 2012
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