Porn Legend Harry Reems Dead at 65

harry-reamsSALT LAKE CITY, Utah  — Harry Reems, the porn star best known for playing Dr. Young in the 1972 adult film classic “Deep Throat,” died Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman at a Salt Lake City hospital.

Reems, whose real name is Herbert Streicher, was 65.

Reems appeared in numerous pornographic films in the 1970s and ’80s but is most remembered for “Deep Throat,” opposite Linda Lovelace.

In 1976, Reems became the only actor in history to be convicted of conspiracy to distribute obscenity across state lines.

A federal jury in Memphis convicted him of conspiracy for his role as the doctor in Deep Throat, even though the movie – which grossed some $25 million – only earned him $100 for his appearance.

His conviction was overturned on appeal, but Reems’ career suffered.

The notoriety stemming from Reems’ pornography and court battle made it impossible to find work in mainstream films.

In the 1980s, Reems fell prey to alcoholism and briefly lived on the streets in Los Angeles.

He eventually began a new life in Utah, married his wife, Jeannie, in 1991 and became a successful real estate broker in Park City.

Reems was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last summer.

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