Erik Rhodes (pornographic actor)

Erik Rhodes (born James Elliott Naughtin; February 8, 1982 – June 14, 2012) was an openly gay American gay pornographic film actor, under an exclusive contract with Falcon Studios. He played versatile roles in videos and in his private sex life. He was also notable in New York's gay nightlife and social circles; Rhodes used to date fashion designer Marc Jacobs.[2]

Erik Rhodes
Erik Rhodes at the GayVNs
Born
James Elliott Naughtin[1]

(1982-02-08)February 8, 1982
DiedJune 14, 2012(2012-06-14) (aged 30)
Cause of deathCardiac arrest
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Website

Rhodes made his struggles with drugs and depression public for years. He was a blogger and frequently wrote of his heavy usage of both club drugs and bodybuilding steroids. He died in his sleep from a cardiac arrest on June 14, 2012.[3] He was cremated per his family's request.[4] Rhodes's HIV positive status revelation posthumously in The New York Times generated controversy.[5]

Filmography

  • Studio 2000
    • Flesh (2004)
  • Falcon Entertainment
    • Super Soaked (2005)
    • Heaven To Hell (2005)
    • Flex (2005)
    • Cross Country 1 & 2 (2005)
    • Driver (2005)
    • Beefcake (2006)
    • From Top to Bottom (2006)
    • The Velvet Mafia 1 (2006)
    • Basic Plumbing 3 (2006)
    • The Farmers Son (2007)
    • Rush and Release (2007)
    • Ivy League (2007)
    • Dare (2007)
    • Overtime (2007)
    • Fleet Week (2008)
    • Afterparty (2008)
    • Best Men Part 1: The Bachelor Party (2008)
    • Best Men Part 2: The Wedding Party (2008)
    • Asylum (2009)
  • Dark Alley Media

Awards

  • 2008
    • Grabby Best Versatile Performer 2008[6]
    • Grabby Best Actor 2008 for The Ivy League (Tie with Jason Ridge)[6]
  • 2009
    • XBIZ AWARD NOMINEE: GLBT Performer of the Year

See also

References

  1. Dunkin, Alex (June 15, 2012). "Falcon Star Erik Rhodes Dies". Australia: gaynewsnetwork.com.au. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  2. Marc Jacobs' Porn Star Pal Needs To Shut Up Archived January 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine from Gawker February 11, 2008
  3. An Early Death but Perhaps Not a Surprise from The New York Times June 20, 2012
  4. Moloney Funeral Home: James Naughtin Archived June 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine from www.moloneyfh.com June 15, 2012
  5. Posthumous HIV Disclosure Stirs Debate from POZ magazine June 22, 2012
  6. "2008 Grabby Award Nominees and Winners". Grabby Awards. Archived from the original on July 1, 2008.
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