(born Howard Marc Gordon
, May 5, 1948) is a former American pornographic film & video actor, writer, and directorwho retired from the X-rated business in the mid-1980s.
He appeared in more than 100 x-rated films and videos. He has won multiple adult film awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director. He was Playgirl
magazine's Man of the Year
in 1979 as Howie Gordon.
Howie Gordon grew up in Pittsburgh
, the younger of two brothers. He graduated with honors from Taylor Allderdice High School
in 1966 and was the president of his class.
His first role in pornography was during his term at Antioch College
, in an amateur student production. After graduation, he quit his job, and moved to Berkeley, California
, to live in a commune
. In 1971, he met his wife, Ashley, through the commune and they married in 1975. In the mid-1970s, Gordon was earning $5 per hour for construction work, and looking to begin a new career. He applied to the Episcopal Theological School
(to study history) and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley
In 1978, he was offered his first professional erotic film role in The Candy Stripers
(released 1978) for $200 per day. That began his pornographic career.
He appeared in that first film under the name "McKinley Howard", and used many different aliases until Anthony Spinelli
's Talk Dirty to Me
(1980), in which he co-starred as... Read More