We have our hands full this week working on lots of future podcasts and articles – so we’re taking a break this weekend.
The above photo is of Johnnie Keyes (‘Behind the Green Door‘) and The Rialto Report‘s April Hall.
Johnnie Keyes (born 1940) is an early African-American pornographic film actor.
He was also a boxer, an amateur lightweight champion in the U.S. army from 1960–1965. Keyes had a lead role in Behind the Green Door (1972) in which he performed a 45-minute sex scene with Marilyn Chambers. He also performed in films in the Swedish Erotica series during the 1980s.
Keyes was in the San Francisco production of “Hair”, 1970–71, a cast that included Philip Michael Thomas of Miami Vice fame.
He has a degree in Theater Arts and taught with James Dunn and Harvey Susser at the College of Marin in Marin County, California. He also taught Theater Arts at Mill Valley Middle School, in Mill Valley, California.
Aside from acting, he is also a professional musician. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, where he plays jazz.
Keyes is a member of the AVN and XRCO Halls of Fame.
In the 1979 film Hardcore, there is a character named Big Dick Blaque based on him.
At which convention was that?
It was AVN/CES around 2006 Hank!
Johnny Keyes is the man! along with fellow San Francisco based porn star King Paul they paved the way for black porn stars. I wish Johnny had a scene with Seka in Heavenly Desire though, it looked like they had great chemistry together in that film.
He surely did. Him, King Paul and Jonathon Younger really did it for Brothas in XXX. Definitely looked up to them wrt to their performing and acting–cause they surely were actors there.
Does anyone know whatever became of King Paul? I was a fan too — and recently, I stumbled upon some more recent clips that featured someone who looked very much like an older version of him. So I am wondering if anyone has any information on his life after loops. Thanks!
Paul was king of the early blacks & blondes loops. But I thought Jeff Coldwater paved the way for black porn stars.
Jonhny Keyes is the devil in the hat, and April… you look adorable.
meant to say white hat, ts. ts., but I guess I rushed towards the second part of the sentence far too fast to notice the white missing.
That was a pork pie hat I believe. April has such a paternal voice to go with her warm earth motherly looks, that I wanna adopt her as the mommy I never had. My wife is too much of a juvenile young soul for that.
Thanks – I think? 😉
I had a middle aged moment. I meant maternal.
How is the documentary progressing April?
Thanks for asking Mark! We’re in post-production, finishing up our sales reel. We’re gathering partners and hoping to make 2015 a big year.
We really appreciate the interest!!
I write pieces for OFFSCREEN.COM, if ever you’re interested to have me do a piece on its production, not just a review; it would have to be a bigger piece.