George Payne is also a firm favorite of the Rialto Report. He appeared in many New York films – both straight and gay – and straddled the film and video era too. And he could really act; his performances seethe with a nervous, unpredictable energy.
He acted for many of the great directors of the era, including Radley Metzger, Joe Sarno, Chuck Vincent, and Phil Prince, and with many of the most famous golden age porn stars such as Annie Sprinkle, Joanna Storm, Lee Carroll, and Lisa De Leeuw. He dated Vanessa Del Rio, and was a fixture on the New York theater and party scene. He was a regular on the pages of adult magazine – both straight and gay – and acted with Jack Wrangler in films by the likes of John Amero.
He rarely gave interviews, and has remained an enigma and a mystery. Until now. So who is George Payne?
Nowadays he lives quietly with his wife Diane, a former acting agent, in New York, and works occasionally as security or in the bars of Manhattan night clubs. He also still looks great. He works out regularly and takes immaculate care of his appearance. We went to his gym and helped him film a short exercise video. He was keen to show how senior citizens can work out and be as fit as possible.
After we finished recording the podcast, we took a few pictures of him. Then he asked if we’d photograph him stripped to the waist. Who were we to disagree?
This episode running time is 57 minutes.
Here’s the fully clothed George Payne: