John Stagliano is an American entrepreneur, best known as a former adult actor and the owner of the film studio ‘Evil Angel.’ Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, he graduated with degrees in engineering, journalism, and English. Aspiring to become an economics professor, John attended the ‘University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA). Around that time, he developed an interest in performance arts and studied theater, dancing, and playwriting. In the 1970s, he began working as a model and an erotic fiction writer. He made his debut as an adult film actor in 1974. Also a stripper, he founded a magazine named ‘Evil Angel’ in the early 1980s. He also produced and acted in many adult films and popularized the “gonzo” genre of adult films. By the late 1980s, he had become one of the most influential figures in the American adult film industry. He also earned critical acclaim for many of his films. In January 1997, John was diagnosed with HIV. Adult film actor Katie Summers alleged that John had not informed her about his HIV status when she had agreed to work with him in a 2010 adult film. She thus filed a lawsuit. However, in September 2014, Katie officially dropped her lawsuit.
Childhood & Early Life
John Stagliano was born on November 29, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, US, into a middle-class family. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, without any intention of working in the entertainment industry.
However, when he was growing up, his country was going through a sexual revolution and was opening up to different kinds of sexual orientations. He was thus exposed to this sexual liberalism while he was attaining puberty.
However, he had no idea that he would be working in the entertainment field someday. He attended high school and aspired to become a baseball player while growing up.
He was also academically good. While he was mainly interested in studying economics, he majored in a wide variety of subjects, such as English, journalism, and engineering.
He decided to do a PhD in economics and become a professor. He moved to Los Angeles and enrolled at the ‘UCLA.’ He became infatuated with the city’s culture he witnessed in the university. Knowing that dance classes would introduce him to beautiful girls, he started training in dance.
He mainly learned jazz and modern dance. He also took theater and playwriting classes. Over time, he developed a deep interest in performing arts and also started attending acting classes. By the early 1970s, he stopped pursuing economics and ventured into a full-time entertainment career.
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He began his adult career as a writer of erotic fiction. He worked in Los Angeles for a small newspaper. Around the same time, in the early 1970s, he also began doing softcore modeling to make some extra money.
In 1974, he made his adult film debut, appearing in a hardcore film shot on an 8mm camera. He worked as an adult film actor for the next few years. Around the late 1970s, he also looked around for dance jobs.
Following this, he tried his hands at a new profession, working as a male stripper. For the next few years, he worked as a male stripper for the ‘Chippendales’ show. For the next 4 years, he worked with the stripper group 4 or 5 nights a week. He made a lot of money and contacts during this time, in order to start his own adult film production company.
In 1982, he also started a publishing company called ‘Evil Angel,’ under which he published erotic magazines. By 1983, he turned ‘Evil Angel’ into a full-fledged adult film production company. Despite limited knowledge about the industry, he produced his first adult film under his company that year, with a budget of $8000.
The first professional adult film under ‘Evil Angel’ was produced in 1988. Titled ‘Dance Fire,’ it starred him along with a few female adult film stars.
In 1989, he had the first major break of his career when he produced the first film in the ‘Buttman’ series, ‘The Adventures of Buttman.’ The film is widely credited for popularizing the “gonzo” genre of adult films, a kind of film that attempts to make the audience feel as if they are part of the scenes.
The film series became quite popular. He later said that he had got the idea for the scenes while watching a scene that had Tracey Adams in it.
Some of the early ‘Buttman’ films became quite popular, as they did not show much nudity and only highlighted the buttocks of the female actresses. However, toward the late 1990s, things began to change.
The ‘Buttman’ series became so popular that John ended up becoming one of the major names in the American adult film industry. He produced more than a dozen films in the series.
In the 2000s, he also produced a show called ‘Fashionistas,’ which was performed in Las Vegas.
In 2008, John was charged with obscenity due to blatant use of urine, enemas, and bondage in his videos. The charges on him were eventually dismissed.
In 2010, he was dragged to the courts by adult film star Katie Summers, who alleged that John had not told her about his HIV-positive status while doing a scene with her. John responded by stating that the scene did not involve any “risky contact” with her. She dropped the charges in 2014.
Family & Personal Life
John got married to fellow adult film star Tricia Devereaux in 2008. He had earlier been in a relationship with Krysti Lynn.
He tested positive for HIV in 1997. He has since been on medication.