John Holmes

John Holmes

Original Name John Curtis Estes
Ashville, Pickaway County, Ohio, USA
Death 13 Mar 1988 (aged 43)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Memorial ID 22347 · View Source
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Adult Films Star. He appeared in more than 2,270 adult films, and was one of the few members of that genre to gain mainstream notoriety and recognition.. Born John Curtis Estes and raised in Ohio, he was raised in a classic family of the 1950s, attending Sunday School regularly. At age 12, he reportedly lost his virginity to one of his mother's friends, a 36-year-old woman who liked young boys. At 16, he ran away from home and lying about his age, joined the Army, serving three years, then moved on to a series of odd jobs, selling shoes, selling furniture, door-to-door sales, and other small jobs to pay the bills. In 1970, he answered an ad for a male actor for an adult entertainment movie, and became an instant success. Part of his success at that time was due to a shift in the adult film industry towards making films with some sort of plot and character development. At the height of his success, he would earn $3,000 a day and more than $500,000 a year. In the mid-1970s he became addicted to drugs, often running up a bill of $30,000 or more. As his addiction took more control of his life, he began stealing to support his habit, which also affected his film career, making him less reliable as an actor. At one point, he robbed the Hollywood home of Eddie Nash, a nightclub owner and drug supplier, stealing over $250,000 in cash, jewelry, and drugs. A few months later, Nash is suspected (but never went to trial) of arranging the murder of the people who robbed his house, and four persons were brutally murdered (the Laurel Canyon murders- also called "The Four on the Floor" murders). The boyfriend of one of the murdered victims fingered John Holmes for the robbery which led to the murders, and after a lengthy jail term leading up to the trail, he was found innocent on June 26, 1982. However, for not cooperating and talking to the police, he was jailed an additional 111 days for contempt of court. The result of being jailed for almost a year detoxifies him and he began to renew his film career. However, in the summer of 1985, he discovered he had contracted AIDS. Unable to obtain work, he died penniless. One writer called him "the Elvis Presley of Porn." The 1997 movie "Boogie Nights” was based upon his life.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Holmes (8 Aug 1944–13 Mar 1988), Find a Grave Memorial no. 22347, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.