April Hall of The Rialto Report writes:
Aaah… Billy Dee. It’s complicated.
I’d wanted to contact him for years. But accurate information about him was just difficult to find.
He was one of my favorite porn actors – who got started in the golden age of adult films in the 1970s and survived into the video era of the 1980s.
I heard he’d served in the armed forces during the Viet Nam years, or that he’d done time in prison for drugs. Some said he’d taught tennis at a nudist camp, but others remembered him having his own successful male stripping group before The Chippendales were famous. People couldn’t even agree on his race – was he black or mixed race?
And some said he’d left adult films to attend Bible College. He’d become a preacher, a Southern fire and brimstone evangelist, who shunned his porn past and wouldn’t welcome anyone asking about it. And so no one had heard of him since then.
I looked for him everywhere and eventually managed to reach him last year. The thing is I didn’t get a reply back from him until just a few weeks ago. It turned out that he was wary about talking about his career in adult films. He explained that when he stopped making films, he made sure that he really disappeared. Even his partner, actress Nikki Knights, didn’t know where he’d gone.
In the end Billy Dee agreed to talk. And it turns out he’s a salesman living in Scotland.
Like I said, it’s complicated.
April Hall interviews Billy Dee in this special extended edition of The Rialto Report.
This episode’s running time is 134 minutes.
Billy Dee – Yesterday and Today