Former Gay Porn Star Billy Herrington Dead At 48

Posted March 3, 2018 by with 26 comments

herringtonFormer gay porn star Billy Herrington—who appeared in movies for Colt Studios and All Worlds in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s—has died, as confirmed by several of his family members on Facebook yesterday. His mother shared the news first:

Herrington’s cause of death has not yet been confirmed by Str8UpGayPorn, but his mother did post that he was in a “horrible accident,” and Japanese fan sites (Herrington developed a massive following in Japan after his muscle and workout videos turned him into an internet meme) have reported that it was a car accident. Herrington was just 48 years old.

  • #FearlessFanatic ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜ

    I had a beefcake phase growing up. Definitely was my go to guy watching porn. Probably one of my first porn crushes. Hate that this happened. RIP.

  • Ed Woody

    RIP. Was never particularly a fan, but I do remember he was kinda iconic as one of the big muscley trade tops, and I have no doubt he was a favourite of many.

    And isn’t it sad that I’m almost glad that this former gay porn star’s death was not the result of drugs or disease or suicide or gang warfare, but just a common-or-garden car accident? Christ that’s bleak.

    • a b

      Trade? Really?

    • Carrel

      Car crash = soothingly banal

  • RaJ

    Back in my army days, one of my best battle buddies used to be a huge Billy Herrington fan. He had several pictures of him up in his barracks room and when Conquered was released on VHS…he was only seen at work and PT for the next couple weeks lol. Sadly, my buddy was killed in Afghanistan back in 2005. Rest peacefully Billy! My deepest condolences for your family, friends, and fans.

  • James Johnson III

    Conquered was the first film that I ever saw him in. I have always been a big fan of Tino Lopez so I sought the movie out because he was in it. I was impressed with Billy and his incredible physique. He certainly had a presence on screen that was awesome. Sad that he is gone and I pray for strength and peace for his family

  • Scrapple

    Even though that porn era was filled with guys who had a similar musclebound look and tradey performance style as Billy, he was always viewed as something special. I still remember the insanity surrounding his bottoming debut. Many porn stars from that time period went down dark paths or met untimely ends, for one reason or another. Billy may have died young, but at least is wasn’t from one of the many pitfalls that can arise post porn. It’s a cold comfort, but it’s something. RIP

  • Zealot

    Not that it matters much, but I always categorized Billy with the likes of performers such as Jon Vincent who were touted as “straight” but not narrow; but that I always felt liked sex with men more than their handlers would allow. Billy’s ventures into gay porn (at least as far as I know) never veered into straight or trans scenes; and the gay porn he did took the predictable progression from solo to jerk off with a guy to oral (receiving only) to the giving oral then anal (top only) and then finally in Conquered, getting fucked– and I think the official title of that video was “Billy Harrington is…Conquered”. He was, to me anyway, always engaged and vested in making his scenes better than average and usually very hot (the jerk off scene he did with Spike is pretty damn hot as I remember); and “Conquered” is a top-to-bottom fap-a-thon for me. So if he was completely 100% straight, he did his best to become an icon for our community and gave a really good effort toward getting us to fap without any hesitancy as to his true intent. I knew “Conquered” was meant to be his swan song to the industry and then for those of us in the hinterlands, he did just seem to fade away, although I’m sure that’s not altogether true. I hope he was living a good life that he enjoyed up to the time of this tragic accident. May the universe accept him gently.

    • Ed Woody

      There is an interview out there where he says that his work in gay porn helped him to “accept his own bisexuality”, so by his own words he was not completely gay-for-pay.

      • Zealot

        Thanks. I wasn’t aware of that interview, but it makes sense when considering how he came off in his movies. He had a (for lack of a better word) sense of joy about his work that so many performers today lack. I hated when he retired because I felt he was just starting to show us the range he was prepared to offer in terms of his sexuality on camera.

        • Michael Regan

          I saw it to figuring out he was Bi made his performances genuine, that he was really enjoying the sex. Fact that he was a body builder meant he was already a exhibitionist, so fucking on a camera and wanting to fuck guys was all genuine to him. This is why I loved him, beautiful body, genuine about his performance, and even enjoyed the spotlight made for him in japan.

    • Always Looking

      Wow. Props for mentioning Jon Vincent. Another of my early porn faves. I wish he and Joey Stefano had worked out. They might have been able to save one another from themselves.. Billy will be missed. Conquered is still a go to movie in 2018. Definitely Billy’s best work in porn.

    • lordgabux

      totally agree and beautiful words

      • Zealot

        I’ve probably beaten this to death here before, but for me, going up in the late 70’s in a small town with no other role models, it was easy to seek out and latch onto gay porn magazines (ah, After Dark, Skin Flicks and Manshots….!) from a news stand one state over and wearing sunglasses (as if!) to learn about gay life and love and sex. So gay porn stars, even if they don’t deserve it in some cases, inspire awe in me. They have a sort of fearlessness that I envied (maybe not so much the last couple of years or so as back then). Billy may have been the last of those I held in a special place, left alive until this post. So, his passing was a big deal for me. And even though he was no longer active in porn, his death was a bit like experiencing the passing of a part of my youth that was very special. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1471e136aecbb420126eb63b533a4581f901b712b858c07c770d82c6d58b80a2.jpg Thanks for the kind response.

  • Joel

    Not aware of his work, but my condolences to his family and loved ones!

  • Michael Regan

    One of the earliest gay porns I owned was a vhs Tales from the Foxhole, can’t remember any other porn star from it, but he stood out, as a huge, beefcake drill instructor, and I fell in love with him since. I loved him in Conquered and Playing with Fire 2. He did come out of that era of huge, muscle bound porn stars you don’t see a lot of these days, ones like Flex Deon Blake, Vince Feralli, Matthew Rush, Carlo Masi and Zeb Atlas. He was one of the originals though, along with Carl Hardwick before him.

    At the time, I was struggling with my sexuality, and brought pornos in secret from out the way porn shops and kept it hidden away, so watching guys fucking gave me some comfort in myself what made me happy. Guys like Billy helped me come out of myself and realized how much i loved big, beefy, powerful built men and not ashamed to say it.

    For that, thank you Billy. I’m going to miss you so much :( Rest in peace <3

    • JJ

      Tales from the Foxhole was also a favourite or mine but not because of Billy… I had a massive porn crush on Lane Fuller!

      • Mark Clavecin

        I had a massive porn crush on Lane Fuller!–Who didn’t?

      • H_Badger

        Oh man, Tales from the Foxhole was THE FIRST gay porn I owned. Lane fuller. But that scene where Billy is the drill sergeant. Yes, Ma’am!

  • W Murphy

    I quite enjoyed Billy’s scenes back in the day. His dirty talk during scenes was quite amusing…. both funny and sexy at the same time.
    He also provided one of my favourite spontaneous, unplanned porn moments. He was topping Lane Fuller in a military themed scene and Lane says to him: “I want you to cum on my face”. This obviously turned Billy on quite a bit as he just starts going on and on about how he’s going to cum all over Lane’s handsome face. He gets so turned on by his own dirty talk he ends up cumming in Lane’s mouth – and it was clearly not planned judging by Lane’s reaction. Very hot scene. This was during a time when gay porn was almost TOO safe; facial cumshots were rare and open mouth cumshots were unheard of.

    I remember the excitement over his only bottoming scene in “Conquered”. It’s a shame the top was the tiny-dicked Tom Katt as Billy was clearly up for the task.

    RIP Billy!!!

  • lordgabux

    He’s still one of my favorites. Paz a su alma.

  • Devin

    Never heard of him. Shame the Gay porn models today don’t look like him. This guy was hot as hell.

  • Alan Song

    R.I.P.

  • CamCam

    Such sad news. I was a big Billy Herrington fan. When Conquered came out, i rushes to get it like it was a big blockbuster movie lol. That scene with him and Tom Katt made me bust so many nuts lol. His stuff with Lane Fuller was legendary too. He was already missed with gay porn but he’s missed even more with this news.

    R.I.P ?

  • T2TheB

    This may strike some folks as macabre for one’s passing is never good news, but blessedly he didn’t die of some sordid circumstance. So often when we hear of porn industry departure from our community, it’s because they OD’d, succumbed to HIV/AIDS, or went to prison for all manners of things including murder.

    It’s tragic that simple misfortune took him from us. Mr. Herrington will be missed. I choose to think of him as one who shown us that a porn career is just that, and that despite all the drama about which we so often hear, there are just normal who live normal lives, despite the fact that, as in Billy’s case, those normal lives are sometimes beset with tragedy wrought sadly by nothing other than “shit happens.”

    From the moment we’re born, all of our days are numbered. Let’s hope that more of our community’s luminaries take Billy’s example and live their days so as to, as with Mr. Herrington, give us nothing to say but what a wonderful person they are, and upon the sad occasion of their demise, were.

    Billy Herrington, you entertained us well and we will miss you. RIP

  • Jamie

    December 1994 24 year old Billy’s pic taken by a friend saw him crowned real man of the month for Playgirl. Great issue with amazing firefighters. RIP, Billy
    Love – Jamie?