Jamie Gillis and John Leslie: A Friendship

Jamie Gillis and John Leslie: A Friendship

Jamie Gillis and John Leslie shared a close friendship that lasted for almost thirty years.

Here are a selection of the photographs of the two of them from Jamie’s personal photobooks.


From John Leslie’s Wikipedia page:

John Leslie was born into an Italian-American family in Pittsburgh in 1945. As a young man, he moved to Michigan, where he supported himself as a bartender while trying to make it as a musician. Leslie was a vocalist who played harmonica in a blues band.

Beginning with 1973’s Sensuous Delights, Leslie was a performer in almost 300 adult films and won numerous awards during his days as a performer. He appeared with some of the era’s most noted porn stars, including Traci Lords, Seka, Kay Parker, and Annette Haven. His most noteworthy roles were in Dracula Sucks (aka Lust At First Bite) (1978), Pretty Peaches (1979), Nothing To Hide (1981), and Talk Dirty To Me, Part II (1982).

John Leslie was one of the first porn actors to make the transition from performing to directing, beginning with 1987’s Nightshift Nurses. Since then he directed more than 90 adult movies, including The Chameleon (1989), Curse of the Catwoman (1992), Dog Walker (1994), and Drop Sex (1997), along with the Voyeur, Fresh Meat, and Crack Her Jack series. He won many awards for his work behind the cameras as well. Though much of his later work, in keeping with current trends in adult video, was in the gonzo genre, such as the “Fresh Meat” and “Crack Her Jack” series, Leslie continued to make feature films, or “sex dramas”; most recently, in 2007 he directed the film Brianna Love, Her Fine, Sexy Self.

In the early 1970s, he was a vocalist and harmonica player for the The Brooklyn Blues Busters, a southeastern Michigan-based musical group, sometimes accompanying John Lee Hooker.[1] The Brooklyn Blues Busters were the backing band for Victoria Spivey during the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival.[1] Nuzzo also worked as a bartender in the early 1970s at Mr. Flood’s Party, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

According to researched records and consumer consensus word of mouth gathered from the late classic porn historian Jim Holliday, who was also a market salesman and demographics expert, Leslie was said to have been the most fan requested and overall popular male star of the 70s Golden Age of adult film.

He was a member of the AVN, Legends of Erotica and XRCO Halls of Fame.

Leslie’s last appearance was in the 2010 documentary After Porn Ends, which was about life after being a porn actor. John Leslie died on December 5, 2010 of a heart attack at his home in Mill Valley, California at the age of 65.


John Leslie and Jamie Gillis photographs:





  • Posted On: 2nd August 2013
  • By: The Rialto Report
  • Under: Photos


  1. PACHECO · August 2, 2013 Reply




  2. roy karch · August 3, 2013 Reply

    Ah those wild and crazy guys during those wild and crazy daze.
    If you weren’t there you missed it.

  3. William Margold · August 4, 2013 Reply

    Jamie was The Darkest Knight and John was The Legend.
    Remembering them always is the best that I can do…and it’s an honor to do so!

  4. Roy G. Biv · August 4, 2013 Reply

    nice to see there were no east coast vs. west coast animosities in the porn world! wonderful photos that make clear how much they truly enjoyed each other’s company….

  5. Hank Rose · September 19, 2013 Reply

    I have a movie box cover signed by both of them. And it’s a poignant keepsake. We lost them a few years apart both only in their mid 60s. Now they belong to the golden ages.

  6. Michael · March 2, 2014 Reply

    Can anyone tell me where to get a Jamie Gillis Waterpower t-shirt?

  7. Norman · May 20, 2024 Reply

    John and I figured out that we had actually met in high school when his school was at a basketball tournament in Harrisburg PA. back in the 60s. I was working at a supermarket at the time. Jamie was my first-ever interview as a “journalist” courtesy of the Kariofilis Brothers at the Capri Cinema. When we talked, our conversation was about Hegel, Kant and Sartre until Tom K stormed in (I guess he had the room miked…) complaining that we weren’t talking about “da movie!”. Both were part of The Big Four: John Leslie, Jamie Gillis, Joey Silvera and Paul Thomas. They ruled the roost where actual acting in adult was concerned during what we now know was The Golden Era. There hasn’t been a cadre like that in the modern era.

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