Johnnie Keyes. (And April Hall).

Johnnie Keyes. (And April Hall).

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

From Wikipedia:

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.

  • Posted On: 9th November 2014
  • By: The Rialto Report
  • Under: Photos


  1. Hank Rose · November 17, 2014 Reply

    At which convention was that?

  2. King Paul fan · November 17, 2014 Reply

    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.

    • Tyrone Thorpe · July 22, 2016 Reply

      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.

    • Jake Fantom · January 29, 2018 Reply

      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!

  3. Hank Rose · November 17, 2014 Reply

    Paul was king of the early blacks & blondes loops. But I thought Jeff Coldwater paved the way for black porn stars.

  4. S. · November 19, 2014 Reply

    Great pic.

    Jonhny Keyes is the devil in the hat, and April… you look adorable.

  5. S. · November 19, 2014 Reply

    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.

  6. Hank Rose · November 20, 2014 Reply

    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.

  7. Hank Rose · November 22, 2014 Reply

    I had a middle aged moment. I meant maternal.

  8. Mark · November 23, 2014 Reply

    How is the documentary progressing April?

    • April Hall · November 23, 2014 Reply

      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!!

      • Mark · November 23, 2014 Reply

        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.

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