The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary American Pornographic Actors of all time. This list of famous American Pornographic Actors is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of American Pornographic Actors.
With an HPI of 71.97, Linda Lovelace is the most famous American Pornographic Actor. Her biography has been translated into 45 different languages on wikipedia.
Linda Lovelace (born Linda Susan Boreman; January 10, 1949 – April 22, 2002) was an American pornographic actress known for her performance in the 1972 hardcore film Deep Throat. Although the film was an enormous success at the time, Boreman later said that her abusive husband, Chuck Traynor, had threatened and coerced her into the performance. In her autobiography Ordeal, she described what went on behind the scenes. She later became a born-again Christian and a spokeswoman for the anti-pornography movement.
With an HPI of 69.53, Ron Jeremy is the 2nd most famous American Pornographic Actor. His biography has been translated into 39 different languages.
Ronald Jeremy Hyatt (born March 12, 1953) is an American former pornographic actor, filmmaker, movie actor, and stand-up comedian.Nicknamed "The Hedgehog", Jeremy was ranked by AVN at No. 1 in their "50 Top Porn Stars of All Time" list. Jeremy has also made a number of non-pornographic media appearances, and director Scott J. Gill filmed a documentary about him and his legacy, Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy, which was released on November 30, 2001 worldwide and on home media and digital download on March 25, 2003. Jeremy has been accused of sexual assault more than a dozen times over the years. In June 2020, Jeremy was charged with four counts of rape and sexual assault involving four women, and in August 2020, he was charged with another 20 counts of either rape or sexual assault over a span of 16 years from 2004 to 2020 that involved 12 women and a 15-year-old girl. Upon further investigation he was indicted on 30 sexual-assault counts involving 21 victims, and as of August 2021 is in jail awaiting trial.
With an HPI of 68.36, Lisa Ann is the 3rd most famous American Pornographic Actor. Her biography has been translated into 41 different languages.
Lisa Ann Corpora, known professionally as Lisa Ann, is an American pornographic actress and radio personality. She has also worked as a director and talent agent. She is considered to be the most popular pornographic actress in the world, and has received mainstream notice for parodying former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin in six adult films and a music video. She is a member of the AVN, XRCO, and Urban X Halls of Fame. Ann entered the adult film industry in 1994. She quit porn in 1997 due to an AIDS scare in the industry, however, she resumed performing in February 2006. In 2008, Ann starred as "Serra Paylin", a parody of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, in Hustler Video's Who's Nailin' Paylin?, which was released on Election Day. Her directorial film, MILF Revolution (2013), won the 2014 AVN Award for "Best MILF Release". In December 2014, she launched Porn Stars Boot Camp, a consulting firm, and also announced her retirement from performing in adult films; she had a breast reduction surgery shortly after retiring as part of her return to a normal life. Ann announced her comeback to the adult industry in 2018 and signed with Evil Angel. Ann's mainstream appearances include appearing on The Howard Stern Show as a "Snapple Girl", prior to the beginning of her adult entertainment career. She played as Palin in the music video for the song "We Made You" by American rapper Eminem. She voiced a character known as "Prostitute #2" in the video game Grand Theft Auto V, released in September 2013. Ann appeared alongside Rayveness and Cory Chase in the Showtime series Billions season 4 episode 7 titled Infinite Game. In 2013, she hosted a show titled Stripper Town on Sirius XM. In early 2016, she got involved with fantasy baseball.
With an HPI of 68.11, Juliet Anderson is the 4th most famous American Pornographic Actor. Her biography has been translated into 19 different languages.
Juliet Anderson (born Judith Carr), also known as Aunt Peg, (July 23, 1938 – January 11, 2010) was an American pornographic actress and adult movie producer, relationship counselor and author. Entering the adult movie business relatively late in life (at age 39), she quickly built a reputation as one of the premier performers in the so-called "Golden Age of Porn", appearing in over seventy films—often as "Aunt Peg", a role portrayed as a giddy, insatiable woman determined to enjoy life and sex to the maximum extent possible. In 1987, she started a new career as a relationship counselor and massage therapist, before returning to adult entertainment in the mid-1990s.
With an HPI of 67.61, Nina Hartley is the 5th most famous American Pornographic Actor. Her biography has been translated into 35 different languages.
Marie Louise Hartman (born March 1959), known professionally as Nina Hartley, is an American pornographic film actress and director, sex educator, sex-positive feminist, and author.
With an HPI of 67.60, Jenna Jameson is the 6th most famous American Pornographic Actor. Her biography has been translated into 62 different languages.
Jenna Jameson (born Jenna Marie Massoli; April 9, 1974) is an American model, former pornographic film actress, businesswoman, and television personality. She has been named the world's most famous adult entertainment performer and "The Queen of Porn".She started acting in erotic videos in 1993 after having worked as a stripper and glamour model. By 1996, she had won the "Top Newcomer" award from each of the three major adult movie organizations. She has since won more than 35 adult-video awards, and has been inducted into the X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO) and Adult Video News (AVN) Halls of Fame.Jameson founded the adult-entertainment company ClubJenna in 2000 with Jay Grdina, whom she later married and divorced. Initially, a single website, this business expanded into managing similar websites of other stars and began producing sexually explicit videos in 2001. The first such movie, Briana Loves Jenna (with Briana Banks), was named at the 2003 AVN Awards as the best-selling and best-renting pornographic title for 2002. By 2005, ClubJenna had revenues of US$30 million with profits estimated at half that. Advertisements for her site and films, often bearing her picture, have towered on a 48-foot-tall billboard in New York City's Times Square.Jameson has also crossed over into mainstream pop culture, starting with a minor role in Howard Stern's 1997 film Private Parts. Her mainstream appearances continued with several guest-hosting and guest-starring on various television programs. Playboy TV hosted her Jenna's American Sex Star reality show, in which aspiring porn stars competed for a ClubJenna contract. Her 2004 autobiography, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale, spent six weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list.Jameson announced her retirement from pornography at the 2008 AVN Awards, stating that she would never return to the industry. Although she no longer performs in pornographic films, she has been working as a webcam model since 2013.
With an HPI of 65.75, Georgina Spelvin is the 7th most famous American Pornographic Actor. Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.
Shelley Bob Graham (born March 1, 1936), known professionally as Georgina Spelvin, is a former American actress and pornographic performer who is best known as the star of the classic 1973 pornographic film The Devil in Miss Jones, released during the Golden Age of Porn (1969–1984).
With an HPI of 65.50, Julia Ann is the 8th most famous American Pornographic Actor. Her biography has been translated into 34 different languages.
Julia Ann is an American pornographic actress and feature dancer. She is a member of the AVN Hall of Fame and the XRCO Hall of Fame.
With an HPI of 65.37, Asa Akira is the 9th most famous American Pornographic Actor. Her biography has been translated into 43 different languages.
Asa Akira is an American pornographic actress and adult film director. Akira has appeared in over 505 adult films as of May 2016. In 2013, she became the third Asian performer (after Asia Carrera and Stephanie Swift) to win the AVN Female Performer of the Year Award. Akira hosted the 1st and 2nd ceremonies for the Pornhub Awards.
With an HPI of 64.90, Gloria Leonard is the 10th most famous American Pornographic Actor. Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.
Gloria Leonard (born Gale Sandra Klinetsky; August 28, 1940 – February 3, 2014) was an American pornographic actress during the Golden Age of Porn (1969–1984) who later became the publisher of High Society magazine. As a board member of Adult Video Association and its successor the Free Speech Coalition, Leonard was an outspoken advocate for the adult film industry and free speech rights.
Pantheon has 157 people classified as pornographic actors born between 1936 and 1995. Of these 157, 141 (89.81%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living pornographic actors include Ron Jeremy, Lisa Ann, and Nina Hartley. The most famous deceased pornographic actors include Linda Lovelace, Juliet Anderson, and Gloria Leonard. As of October 2020, 13 new pornographic actors have been added to Pantheon including Buck Adams, Ona Zee, and Annette Haven.
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