Magazine article Variety

REMEMBER: Harry Reems

Magazine article Variety

REMEMBER: Harry Reems

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Harry Reems, star of Deep Throat, which became the center of the "porno chic" movement of the 1970s, died March 19 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer at a Salt Lake City Veterans hospital. He was 65.

Reems was born Herbert Streicher in 1947 and grew up in Gotham, where he had dreams of becoming an actor. He took his good looks and sexual stamina and turned it into a porn career, starting at the age of 21.

The 1972 Deep Throat, which starred Linda Lovelace, was part of the era's sexual liberation in which it became fashionable for celebs, the mainstream media and middle-class couples to talk about porno films. Some film scholars claim Deep Throat, made on a minimal budget, was the most profitable movie of all time. Most people dispute that, but it was clearly a sensation. On June 14, 1974, Daily Variety announced that the X-rated pic had just made L.A. movie history by earning $3.2 million at the Hollywood Pussycat, a record gross in a single theater in L.A.

The blockbuster turned the actor into a porn superstud but controversy immediately followed. …

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