F.M. Bradley: Hiding in Plain Sight – Podcast 113 – Reprise

F.M. Bradley: Hiding in Plain Sight – Podcast 113 – Reprise

F.M Bradley died last month just a few weeks shy of his 70th birthday.

I can’t say I was surprised – Bradley had been in a nursing home ever since I found him in 2021 after years of looking. He was bedridden, and we had a few false starts before we finally settled down for our interview due to his ill health. But even though he was unable to walk, whenever we’d video chat it was easy to see the handsome, strapping man who’d made hundreds of films and loops back in the 80s.

After our interview, we kept in touch. I’d occasionally send him the Chips Ahoy chunky chocolate chip cookies he loved. He wore an expression on his face more like that of a young man at the beginning of life versus a patient on the precipice of his end. Bradley talked about making an adult film come back when he got out of the care facility, convinced he would in fact get out and get back. He had someone he called his lady friend who visited him regularly even as his Russian roommate blared his TV 24/7. Bradley had his down days, but mostly he was a man of hope – just as he’d been all his life.

I often start a Rialto Report excited to hear how someone felt and what they thought when they got into the adult business, but soon become even more interested in their life now – how they’ve carried their choices and experiences and make sense of them today.

It was no different with F.M. Bradley. We titled his interview ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’ because while nobody seemed to know where he was, Bradley certainly wasn’t trying to hide. In fact he occasionally attended adult events, trying to launch his comeback. 

We may not be able to see Bradley now, but we can always remember him. So let’s do that.

-April Hall

The episode running time is 90 minutes.

F.M Bradley

Let’s admit something: as much as the so-called golden age of adult film was a glamorous era, where sex movies competed with Hollywood blockbusters in theaters across the country, it wasn’t the most racially diverse workplace for a male performer.

There was Johnnie Keyes, the African American star of Behind the Green Door in the early 1970s. There was Billy Dee, an accomplished mixed-race actor, who became a well-known face in the late 1970s.

And then… that’s about it. Which is striking for a new industry that employed hundreds of people and made millions of dollars.

In the 1980s, this trend continued. Which made someone like Field Marshal Bradley stand out.

The Field Marshal, who went by the name F.M., was a towering presence. He looked like a black superman. A striking figure of strength. He displayed a muscular, cut body that always seemed shiny. He was the number one star of color, when that should have meant a lot more.

Over the years, I’d heard stories about F.M. Bradley. He was the eternal bad boy, living out a wild life. He’d occasionally turned up at conventions saying he was about to make a comeback in the business. He didn’t seem to have a permanent address, and no one had his contact details. Many doubted he was still alive.

And then I heard he’d been spotted – in a convalescent home in Vegas. Struggling with ill-health. He wasn’t even well enough do an interview. But we kept talking over several years, and eventually recorded an interview.

Now this particular convalescent home wasn’t well-equipped for interviews with stars of the X-rated film industry, and so our conversation took place with the TV in the background, and people coming and going. We’d get interrupted constantly – such as when it was time to for F.M. to give his dinner order.

I wanted to know what it had been like to be one of the few male performers of color in the 1980s. Where had he come from, and what was he doing now? And why was this one-time Superman now in a home?

This is April Hall – and this is The Rialto Report. It’s not every day I get to interview a Field Marshal.


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  • Posted On: 10th December 2023
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Podcasts


  1. Jeff Robertson · December 10, 2023 Reply

    Awesome Article Tribute To FM Bradley Keep Up Good Work

  2. Polarpooh · December 11, 2023 Reply

    Wow! What a cool guy! Dude was a legend! RIP, Field Marshall Bradley!

    • Chris · December 11, 2023 Reply

      I liked hearing about his background. I remember the first time I saw hardcore pornography. It did not turn me on to free love. In fact, it didn’t turn me on at all. It is interesting how people are different and react differently to stimulus. What if he never saw that first porn movie? Would he have chosen that life?


  3. Diamond · December 11, 2023 Reply

    Thank you so much for this tribute. On behalf of the family, we truly appreciate this. His service will be December 23rd

  4. Susie Bright · December 11, 2023 Reply

    I’m so glad you brought this up, and replayed your interview. His voice still sounds like his young self, so vibrant. An actor’s voice. He was in his heyday when I was Penthouse Forum’s movie critic, and I interviewed him back then, met him on set. Charismatic, as you noticed. I didn’t know about his musical family back then, but that makes such sense in hindsight. Rest in Peace, dear comrade.

  5. Tony Flow · December 12, 2023 Reply

    I just listened to the podcast again and F.M.’s life journey is fascinating. I can’t believe he built bombs for the Army in Germany while shuffling eight German girlfriends at the same time! Im amazed he never sought out to be in front of the camera and it was just a spur of the moment opportunity.
    Thank you April for staying on it and tracking him down and documenting his life. He mentioned he felt under appreciated but you told him he made a difference in many ways by being of the first black performers who broke the barrier and performed with many A list stars. I agree and I think that made him feel good.

    Rest in power, Field Marshall!

    • April Hall · December 26, 2023 Reply

      Thanks so very much Tony!

      • Guy Edwards · January 29, 2024 Reply

        Your work is always tremendous. ThanXxx again for being courageous by asking questions they may not always want to answer, but your ability to make them comfortable to answer is obvious. G

  6. The IR Stallion · December 13, 2023 Reply

    Another one gone! I can see that the late F. M. Bradley was a trailblazer in the latter part of the golden age and video age of adult film, especially since African-American actor Johnnie Keyes left the industry. And back when I accidentally discovered porn that during the days of illegal cable, I saw my first interracial and he happened to be in the scene making it with some blonde starlet. It would not surprise me that any African-American adult film actor credited Mr. Bradley for them getting into the industry. (Seeing him perform in porn) Whether if it’s Lexington Steele, Sean Michaels, Mr. Marcus of all people, Tyler Knight, FM Bradley was there. He will surely be missed.

  7. J. Scorpio · January 15, 2024 Reply

    This guy is just great. Real straightforward. Very fun interview.

  8. Guy Edwards · January 29, 2024 Reply

    Gotta say, lol… I always considered King Paul, Johnny Keys and FM Bradley to be porn’s, ‘Black-Rat Pack’! FM was soooo cool, no wonder these goddesses threw their pussy(s) at him. I can only imagine him at parties. I bet he was always in some back room fucking all the guys’ wives and girlfriends whether they liked it or not. Of course, FM would never brag, just show that huge smile of his while scanning the room for his next piece of ass… Regardless, I’m sorry he is gone. Damn shame he didn’t get the chance to come back (can you imagine the great/hot scene he and Seka Black would have had?)…. RIP to my favorite Black Vampire!

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