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12/10/2010

John Leslie, porn film actor and director, dies at 65

December 10, 2010 |  9:16 am

John Leslie, an award-winning adult film actor and director who appeared in more than 300 movies during porn's so-called Golden Age in the 1970s and '80s, has died. He was 65.

Leslie, whose real name was John Nuzzo, began acting in porn movies in the 1970s in San Francisco. He went on to become one of the first actors to successfully direct, which he did until his death Sunday of an apparent heart attack at his home in Mill Valley, Calif.

He appeared in such titles as "Cry for Cindy" and "Talk Dirty to Me," the 1980 film that solidified his status as one of porn's leading men.

Mark Kernes, senior editor of the adult film publication AVN, said Leslie was one of the first actors to cross over to directing.

"A lot of people really wanted to work with him because he took a lot of pride in his work, and paid attention to details," said Kernes, who confirmed Leslie's death.

Leslie is survived by his wife of 23 years, Kathleen.

-- Associated Press

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