‘Deep Throat’ legend Harry Reems dies at 65

AFP-JIJI

Former U.S. porn star Harry Reems, who was thrust into greatness by starring opposite Linda Lovelace in the pioneering 1972 adult film “Deep Throat,” has died at age 65, a friend said Wednesday.

The actor, whose real name was Herbert Streicher, fell out with Lovelace and became a real estate agent in Utah, marrying a deeply religious woman, according to the IMDb movie industry website.

Reems was later offered a role in “Grease” alongside John Travolta, as Coach Calhoun, but producers replaced him with Sid Caesar at the last moment, fearing his porn notoriety would taint the 1978 movie.

The actor’s death Tuesday was first reported by colleague Don Schenk, who knew him after he quit acting in the 1980s, and was confirmed by various media in the United States, including The Hollywood Reporter.

Other media reports said he died of pancreatic cancer.

Reems only landed the role on “Deep Throat,” one of the first porn films to go mainstream, because the actor originally cast failed to turn up.

Reems was working on lighting for the film, but was thrust into a starring role.

“Deep Throat” starred Linda Lovelace as a woman seeking a doctor’s help for sexual frustration.

His official diagnosis was that her clitoris was in the back of her throat, and proceeded to demonstrate, according to the film’s story line.

Reems estimated that he worked in 300 to 400 porn films overall, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

His “Deep Throat” performance earned him only $250, according to Schenk. The IMDb movie industry website says he made $800.