(b. Robert Russell 12 October 1957 in London
, England) is a British director and producer of gay pornographic movies
and a former gay pornographic actor
In the foreword to a book devoted to Kristen Bjorn’s work, director William Higgins wrote that, “ the relatively brief history of hardcore gay videos, Kristen Bjorn has emerged unchallenged as the best director to date.”The Films of Kristen Bjorn,
by Jamoo. Foreword by William Higgins (Laguna Hills, Calif.: Companion Press, 1997), 9–10, at 9.
Bjorn was born in London, the son of a Russian mother and a British father. He was raised in Washington, D.C., where his father was stationed as a diplomat. He has a brother and two sisters. In an interview conducted in 1997, Bjorn stated that only one of his sisters knows his profession as a maker of gay erotic films.
After graduating from high school, Bjorn set out to travel widely, to places including Asia, India, and Europe. His career goal at the time was to be “a photographer
for a magazine like National Geographic
. I wanted to travel across the world and photograph people. I was really very interested in different cultures.”
Beginning of his career in pornography
Bjorn arrived in San Francisco in 1978, where he encountered the gay community for the first time. “t was all very strange to me.” Encouraged by the... Read More