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Harry Reems Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 27 August 1947The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 19 March 2013Salt Lake City, Utah, USA  (organ failure from pancreatic cancer)
Birth NameHerbert Streicher
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Harry Reems was born on August 27, 1947 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Herbert Streicher. He was an actor and production manager. He was married to Jeanne Sterret. He died on March 19, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Spouse (1)

Jeanne Sterret (1990 - 19 March 2013) (his death)

Trivia (6)

Left the adult film business in the late 1980s and eventually married a deeply religious woman. In interviews he said his past work was in the past, but it was not anything he was ashamed to have done.
The computer game Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (In Several Wrong Places) (1988) references Reems in the name of one of the hair salons: "Hairy Reams."
Was offered the role of Coach Calhoun in Grease (1978), but producers replaced him with Sid Caesar at the last moment for fear of his adult movie notoriety.
Was prosecuted by the federal government in 1976 on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute obscenity across state lines. He was convicted, but the conviction was overturned on appeal one year later. He received public support from a number of Hollywood celebrities during his trials, including Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty.
He studied dentistry for a year at the University of Pittsburgh until his number came up for the Vietnam draft and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was home on leave and came down with pneumonia when his unit was deployed to Vietnam. His father became terminally ill and he applied for a hardship transfer and never got sent overseas. He said that 87% of his unit were wounded or died in Vietnam.
After his porn career waned and he couldn't find work, he became a serious alcoholic who ended up in Los Angeles, begged on the streets and often slept in Dumpsters. He briefly considered suicide, but by 1989, Reems was living in Park City, Utah and used a 12-step program to stop drinking. He even converted to Christianity, obtained a real estate license and married Jeanne Sterret.

Personal Quotes (3)

[re his porn roles] I was always the doctor because I was the one that had an acting background. I would say: 'You're having trouble with oral sex? Well, here's how to do it.' Cut to a 20-minute oral-sex scene.
Being the low-bottom drunk that I was, I started going around to churches. I called myself a church gypsy [But] if I didn't put God in my life, I'd be dead now. I am not religious. I'm spiritual, 100 percent.
[in 2005, as a successful real estate broker] I'm still selling dirt.

Salary (2)

Deep Throat (1972) $800
Society Affairs (1982) $75,000

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