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Robert Kerman, star of Debbie Does Dallas and scores of porn films in the 1970s and 1980s, joins the Rialto Report to talk about his life as a struggling actor in New York, driving a cab to make ends meet, his move into adult film work in New York, how he nearly broke into the mainstream – and how he feels about it all nowadays.
This episode running time is 55 minutes.
Robert Kerman is an actor. Plain and simple. And he’s good at it too.
He’s been in movies like The Goodbye Girl with Richard Dreyfuss and No Way Out with Kevin Costner, and a surprising number of 1980s TV shows too.
It’s just those adult films that he made that he’s not sure about.
Not that he’s against porn. He enjoyed working with directors like Joe Sarno, Joe Davian, and Gerard Damiano, and actresses like Vanessa Del Rio, Veronica Hart, and Bambi Woods. Who wouldn’t?
It’s just that, why did it have to be him that made almost 200 films, not to mention countless loops, between 1975 and the late 1980s?
Somewhere in a parallel universe, Robert Kerman is a successful character actor, regularly employed in theater and film, and appreciated for his craft.
The problem is that in this world, he’s R. Bolla, and he’s still recognized for being Mr Greenfield in Debbie Does Dallas rather than for his Hamlet.
There’s no such thing as an ex porn star.
In this episode of The Rialto Report, R. Bolla talks with Ashley West and April Hall with great honesty about his love of acting, the porn years, the cannibal films, the attempts to go legit, God, drugs, hitting rock bottom, and much more…
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