'Deep Throat' porn star Harry Reems dies, 65

Harry Reems, who co-starred with Linda Lovelace in the 1973 XXX classic Deep Throat, died yesterday at the age of 65 after battling cancer and other ailments.

Gawker writes:

In 1974, Reems famously became the first and, to date, only actor to have charges brought against him by the federal government for appearing in a movie. Though he was initially convicted of conspiracy to distribute obscenity across state lines, the charges were eventually dropped following a retrial. Many mainstream celebrities who were outraged by the potential precedent supported Reems both verbally and financially during the trial.

The news of his death was apparently first reported by his friend Don Schenk, who traces Reems' career, addictions, and redemption.

Harry went from living a bizarre lifestyle, through a 180 degree, almost miraculous change to find a Higher Power he called God, and become a truly nice guy who cared for others, and helped a lot of people in Park City, UT.

Reems on acting in Deep Throat and the aftermath:

Meantime, The Deep Throat Sex Scandal, a play about the movie, is playing through April 14 at the Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Avenue, about which the LA Times wrote: "If the creators of Throat get anything right, it’s their willingness to wonder aloud why America is so freaked out by sex. They put their argument in the flesh, and by the end, you salute the right to bare all."

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