Born April 20, 1943, in New York City, New York, USA
Died February 19, 2010, in New York City, New York, USA (melanoma)
Birth Name Jamey Ira Gurman
Born in New York City, Jamie Gillis trained as a legitimate actor. In the early 1970s, he drifted into performing in pornographic films and continued to work in that field through the late 1990s. Despite the occasional foray into “legitimate” film, such as a cameo in Nighthawks (1981), Gillis remained identified with the porn industry and is regarded as one of its most prolific and potent actors. After a stint as one of the “Nasty Bros”. in producer Ed Powers’ series of amateur “Dirty Debutantes” series, Gillis began branching out to produce homemade porn videos of his own, some of them made in France (where he was able to show off his command of the French language). Never having made a secret of his bisexuality, Gillis made his first all-gay porn film in 1997, a sadomasochistic video in which he did not actually perform sex acts, but rather issued orders to the other members of the cast.
He was appearing in off-Broadway plays and driving cabs when he answered an ad in the Village Voice for nude modeling, beginning his adult career.
During his sex shows in the 1970s, he read poetry and recited the works of William Shakespeare so the shows would be socially redeeming and not be busted by the police.
The “On The Lookout” segment in Boogie Nights (1997) was based on Gillis’ pioneering adult video series that began with On the Prowl (1989).
Graduated from Columbia University in 1970.
Ranked #12 in The 50 Top Porn Stars of All Time (Adult Video News – January 2002).
Used the alias Derald Delancey (also Delancy) which was the name of his history professor.
Forbidden Under Censorship of the King (1972) 100 per day
Hot Honey (1978) 300