Birthday: April 20, 1943
Died At Age: 66
Sun Sign: Aries
Also Known As: Jamey Ira Gurman, Al Cianelli, Jamier Kantor, Sir Jamie Gillis
Born in: New York City, New York
Famous as: Adult Film Actor
Adult Film Stars
siblings: Allan Gurman, Diane Lane, Judy Caiati, Phyllis Conley, Wayne Gurman
Partner: Zarela Martinez
Died on: February 19, 2010
place of death: New York City
Cause of Death: Cancer
City: New York City
U.S. State: New Yorkers
education: Columbia University
Jamie Gillis was an American pornographic actor and director who appeared in over 470 films and also directed numerous adult movies. Described as the “most decadent” and “sexually the wildest guy” in the porn entertainment industry of his times, he appeared in many gay porn movies. Gillis was a pioneer in Gonzo, a popular pornographic style. Born as Jamey Ira Gurman, he was named after the Tyrone Power character in the 1942 flick ‘The Black Swan’. He later took the name Gillis from his girlfriend who he lived with during his early years. The actor graduated from Columbia University before entering the entertainment business. Inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame, he was undoubtedly an actor who revolutionized the porn industry. Gillis breathed his last on February 19, 2010 after suffering from melanoma. Although he remained active for a shorter duration of time as compared to his contemporaries, he managed to earn the status of one of the most potent and prolific porn actors.
Jamie Gillis initially acted in Off-Broadway plays. His onscreen career began after he answered an advertisement in the newspaper ‘The Village Voice’ for nude modeling.
He appeared in numerous porn films and also served as a director of many. In 1972, he appeared in the pornographic film ‘Deep Throat’ which was released during the Golden Age of Porn. He did a gay sex scene with actor Zebedy Colt in ‘The Story of Joanna’, a BDSM-themed film, in 1975. After this, he did the movies ‘Through the Looking Glass’, ‘WaterPower’ and ‘The Opening of Misty Beethoven’. Gillis then starred in ‘Barbara Broadcast’. Released in 1977, the adult erotic film was directed by Radley Metzger. That year, the actor also featured in another pornographic project titled ‘Obsessed’ which starred John Leslie, Constance Money, and Annette Haven as well.
In 1981, Gillis appeared in the Hollywood crime thriller ‘Nighthawks’ as the boss of actress Lindsay Wagner's character. After this, he began creating the influential ‘On the Prowl’ video series. Featuring a porn star who looks for guys to have sex with, the series was extremely popular. In the ensuing years, he appeared in a number of adult-themed films including ‘Playin' Dirty’, ‘Uncle Jamie's Double Trouble’, ‘Play My Flute’, 'Jamie Gillis and Africa' and ‘Bobby Sox’, to name a few.
Gillis served as the director of the flick ‘Devious Old Gillis’ in 1998. During 2004, he starred in ‘Luv Generation’ and ‘Potty Mouth’. A year later, he did ‘Die You Zombie Bastards!’, a zombie comedy flick directed by Caleb Emerson and starring Geoff Mosher, Tim Gerstmar and Pippi Zornoza. The film was about a serial killer who saves his cannibal wife from zombies.
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Family & Personal Life
Jamie Gillis was born as Jamey Ira Gurman on April 20, 1943 in New York City, USA. He studied at Columbia University and graduated from there in 1970. His partner was New York City-based cookbook author and restaurateur, Zarela Martinez.
On February 19, 2010, the actor died from melanoma, a cancer which was diagnosed just a few months earlier. He was 66 at that time.