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  1. John Curtis Holmes ( né Estes; August 8, 1944 – March 13, 1988), better known as John C. Holmes or Johnny Wadd (after the lead character he portrayed in a series of related films), was an American pornographic film actor. He ranks among the most prolific adult film performers, with documented credits for at least 573 films.

    • Pornographic film actor
    • John Curtis Estes, August 8, 1944, Ashville, Ohio, U.S.
  2. › name › nm0001360John Holmes - IMDb

    John Holmes, Actor: The Jade Pussycat. Born John Curtis Estes on August 8, 1944, in rural Pickaway County, Ohio, the youngest of four children, porn legend John Holmes was raised by a religious fanatic mother named Mary and an abusive alcoholic stepfather named Harold Bowman.

    • John Holmes
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    John Holmes, Actor: Grange Hill. John Holmes was born on May 12, 1970 in the UK. He is an actor, known for Grange Hill (1978), Runners (1983) and Nanny (1981).

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    • May 12, 1970
    • John Holmes
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  5. Holmes once estimated he'd had sex with over 14,000 women (on and off screen), and was truly a porn legend. His life was the basis for the film Boogie Nights (1997), and he was portrayed by Val Kilmer in Wonderland (2003), about the infamous murders, but the conflicting truths about his life, as always, was stranger than fiction.

    • John Curtis Estes
    • August 8, 1944 in Ashville, Ohio, USA
    • Early Life
    • Career
    • Later Life and Death
    • Personal Life
    • Penis Size
    • Business Activities and Endeavors
    • Holmes Mythology
    • Awards
    • Biographies
    • Further Reading

    Holmes was born John Curtis Estes on August 8, 1944, in the small rural town of Ashville, Ohio, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Columbus. He was the youngest of four children born to 26-year-old Mary June (Barton) Holmes, but the father's name, Carl Estes, a railroad worker, is left blank on his birth certificate. Mary Barton had married Edgar Harvey Holmes, who was the father of her three older children - Dale, Edward and Anne. She and Holmes were married and divorced three times, as is documented by wedding certificates dated April 13, 1936, August 13, 1945, and September 12, 1947. At the time of their first marriage in 1936, Edgar Harvey Holmes was 35 years old and divorced, while Mary Barton was 17.After divorcing for the third and final time, Edgar and Mary each married one more time. Mary changed John's surname to Holmes when he was a child. In 1986, when Holmes applied for a United States passportfor the first time prior to a trip to Italy, his mother reportedly provided him...


    Determining the number of films Holmes made during the early part of his career is difficult, because the ad copy rarely named him. Copy that did usually used entirely inconsistent names. For example, one early "Swedish Erotica" brochure from 1973 has five loops featuring Holmes, each citing a different name.[citation needed] In 1971, Holmes' career began to take off with a porn series built around a private investigator named Johnny Wadd, written and directed by Bob Chinn. The success of the...

    Number and gender of partners

    In the 1981 feature documentary Exhausted, John C. Holmes, The Real Story, which was made about his life and career by director and confidante Julia St. Vincent, Holmes claimed during an interview segment that he had intercourse with 14,000 women. The number had in fact been invented by Holmes to help salvage his waning image. Holmes later joked to psychologist Vonda L. Pelto, Ph.D. who had counseled Holmes in 1982 and other inmates during her employment at L.A. County jail, that he was exagg...

    Drugs and the Wonderland murders

    In late 1980, a mutual friend introduced Holmes to Chris Coxx, who owned the Odyssey nightclub. In turn, Coxx introduced Holmes to Eddie Nash, a drug dealer who owned multiple nightclubs, including the Starwood Nightclub in West Hollywood. At the same time, Holmes was closely associated with the Wonderland Gang, a group of heroin-addicted cocaine dealers, so called for the location of their hangout: a rowhouse located on Wonderland Avenue in the wooded Laurel Canyonneighborhood of Los Angeles...

    After his release from L.A. County Jail for contempt of court in November 1982, Holmes quickly resumed his career in porn with a new generation of pornstars. His drug addiction continued off-and-on and, although work was still plentiful, it was no longer as lucrative as it had been, given the explosion in the use of cheaply made videotapes that saturated the porn market. Most of the feature porn films and videos he made during the 1980s were little more than cameo appearances. In February 1986, five or six months after testing negative for the virus, Holmes was diagnosed as HIV positive. According to his second wife Laurie Holmes, he claimed that he never used hypodermic needles and that he was deathly afraid of them. His first wife Sharon Gebenini and friend/former colleague Bill Amersonseparately confirmed later that Holmes could not have contracted HIV from intravenous drug use, because he never used needles. During the summer of 1986, Holmes was offered a lucrative deal from Par...

    Significant others

    1. In August 1965, Holmes married a young nurse named Sharon Ann Gebenini at Fort Ord, California. Their divorce was finalized on January 17, 1983.[citation needed] 2. In 1975, he met Julia St. Vincent on the set of his film, Liquid Lips, which was being produced by her uncle Armand Atamian. Holmes and St. Vincent remained close until 1981 and the Wonderland murders. St. Vincent produced the ersatz biographical film of Holmes' life, Exhausted(1981). 3. In 1976, Holmes (then 32 years old) met,...

    Charitable work

    Despite the notoriety and infamy associated with Holmes, he devoted significant time to charities involving the environment. He was involved with Greenpeace and was known to campaign and collect door-to-door for charities such as Save the Whalesand Save the Seals.


    Holmes enjoyed clay sculpting, woodworking, and outdoor activities such as visiting beaches, camping, fishing, and hiking. Holmes was uncircumcised.

    Holmes' main asset in the porn business was his exceptionally large penis. No definitive measurement or documentation verifying his penis' length or girth exists, leaving its exact size unknown. Veteran porn actress Dorothiea "Seka" Patton has said that Holmes' penis was the biggest in the industry and in the documentary film Exhausted she described oral sex with Holmes as similar to fellating a telephone pole. Holmes' first wife recalled his claiming to be 10 inches (25.4 cm) when he first measured himself. On another occasion, Holmes once claimed his penis was 16 inches (40.6 cm) long and 13 inches (33.0 cm) in circumference. Holmes' long-time friend and industry associate, Bill Amerson, said, "I saw John measure himself several times; it was 13 and a half inches [34.3 cm]".In contrast, medical studies of human penis size have consistently found erections average between about 5 and 6 inches. So celebrated was the size of Holmes' penis that it was used as a promotional tool for fi...

    In 1979, along with his younger half-brother David Bowman, Holmes opened in Los Angeles a locksmith shop managed by Bowman and an attached used goods store called The Just Looking Emporium, named by Sharon Gebinini and managed by Dawn Schiller. However, because of Holmes' escalating drug addiction, which distracted him from buying inventory for the Emporium and siphoned its working capital, the Emporium "close[d] its doors forever by the end of September 1980".According to Schiller, "David [kept] his part of the business open while John remove[d] our inventory and [sold] it all for coke". Later, after his 1982 murder trial and acquittal, Holmes began a business partnership with his friend, manager and associate Bill Amerson. They founded and operated a production company named Penguin Productions, where Holmes could be a triple-threat: writing, directing and performing. Holmes appeared in seven of Penguin's 20 productions between 1985 and 1988. After requesting permission to use the...

    Holmes' career was promoted with a series of outrageous claims that he made over the years (many made up on the spur of the moment by Holmes himself). The most dubious ones include: 1. Holmes' penis was so big that he had to stop wearing underwearbecause: "I was getting erections and snapping the elastic waist band four or five times a month". 2. Holmes had degrees in physical therapy, medicine and political science from UCLA. Holmes was in fact a high-school dropoutwho never returned to school and, according to Bill Amerson, "the closest John ever got to UCLA was breaking into cars in the school's parking lot". 3. Holmes and Ken Osmond, who played Eddie Haskell in the TV series Leave It to Beaver, were the same person and in fact the two men simply shared a passing resemblance. 4. During the filming of a gay feature film, Holmes inadvertently killed two male performers and was tried for manslaughter. The judge in the case sentenced Holmes to abstain from performing anal sex in any...

    February 14, 1985 – First inductee into the X-Rated Critic's Organization (XRCO) Hall of Fame
    2008 XBIZ Award– Lifetime Achievement – Male Performer


    1. Holmes, John C. (1998). Porn King: Autobiography of John C. Holmes. (out of print) 1.1. Holmes, John C. & Holmes, Laurie (2012). Porn King: Autobiography of John C. Holmes (Revised with added material and photos ed.). Bear Manor Media. ISBN 1-59393-685-0. 2. Sager, Mike (June 15, 1989). "The Devil and John Holmes". Rolling Stone.; reprinted in Scary Monsters and Super Freaks(2004). 3. Sugar, Jennifer & Nelson, Jill C. (2008). John Holm...


    1. Exhausted: John C. Holmes, the Real Story(1981) 2. Wadd: The Life and Times of John C. Holmes(1999) 3. XXXL: The John Holmes Story (2000; also known as The Real Dirk Diggler: The John Holmes Story) 4. John Holmes: The Man, the Myth, the Legend(2004)

    Braunstein, Peter (October 20, 1999). "Inside John Holmes: Filmmaker probes the infamous porn star". Dirt. Archived from the original on December 30, 2002.

  6. John Holmes Active - 1940 - 2000 | Born - Jan 1, 1945 | Died - Jan 1, 1988 | Genres - Adult Overview ↓