Jack Wrangler, pioneering legend of 70's gay porn, passed away yesterday at the age of 62.
Wrangler (née John Robert Stillman), the son of Hollywood producer Robert Stillman (Bonanza), was a child performer on Christian television who would grow up to become one of the first gay pornographic actors to achieve star status in the 1970s. He made over 80 adult films, including such classics as Kansas City Trucking Co. and A Night at the Adonis. Later in his career, Wrangler stunned fans when he switched over to straight porn (most notably The Devil in Miss Jones II) and yet again when he married pop vocalist Margaret Whiting. After retiring from the adult industry, he returned to his first love, musical theater, achieving success as a producer and director.
Wrangler was the subject of last year's documentary Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon, which recently won a GayVN Award. The film's director, Jeffrey Schwarz, shares his memories of the star with The Advocate.