Bay Area Porn Pioneer John Leslie Dies

MILL VALLEY (AP) — John Leslie, who appeared in more than 300 adult films in the 1970s-80s before moving on to directing, has died in Marin County.

Leslie, whose real name was John Nuzzo, won pornography industry awards as both an actor and director. He appeared in such titles as “Cry for Cindy” and “Talk Dirty to Me,” the 1980 film that solidified his status as porn’s leading man.

Mark Kernes, senior editor of the adult film publication AVN, says Nuzzo was a talented director with an artistic eye for detail.  Nuzzo was inducted into the Legends of Erotica Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, as well as AVN’s Hall of Fame.

Friends say Nuzzo died Sunday of an apparent heart attack at his Mill Valley home at the age of 65.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Kathleen.

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  1. NRA Life Member says:

    Rest in peace, John.

    Many may deride the man for his chosen profession but, John was a really nice guy and a pretty fair golfer with a great sense of humor. I met John when I got paired up with him for a round of golf at Stone Tree Golf Course in Novato in 2004. He had just bought a new set of Nike irons and wasn’t happy with them. For the first four holes, I was wracking my brain trying to figure out where I knew him from. I was certain that we had played golf together before this meeting but I couldn’t quite place where or when. He finally put an end to my dilemma when he stated that he was in the adult film industry. I then knew how I recognized him. We had a good laugh about it and had an enjoyable round of golf.

    John, tee one up on cloud nine for me and watch out for that duck hook!

  2. D. FRANCIS says:

    HE WAS THE BEST T IN THE BUSINESS HE WAS IN…. BE SORELY MISSED D.E.F.

  3. Gail says:

    I just heard of his death and am devistated. I was his girlfriend off-screen in the late 70’s for awhile. I have some beautiful pictures of us together. John always told it like it was, I met his family and he met mine. We are missing a beautiful soul. I still can see his eyes the day I met him in Fire Island in I think 1976. He actually told me I was the prettist girl he ever met. I recall the day he was making breakfast for me and asked me if I wanted to know what he diid. I was 21. My jaw dropped. He later said that the Adult Film Industry might ruin me. I loved John. Although we “broke up” he lived on the West Coast and me on the East, I remained in contact with him for many, many years. I am heartbroken.

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