Sad news today about the loss of another one of our own: retired performer Mark West (not the hirsute, daddyesque performer named “Marc” West) died Thursday, May 1 from an accidental drowning while on vacation with his partner in Hawaii. A mutual friend alerted Chi Chi LaRue, who told me this morning. Mr. West, 53, was active between 1992 and 1996 or so. He was quite the sensation for a few years thanks to titles like ALL ABOUT STEVE (HIS Video, 1995), JAWBREAKER (Catalina Video, 1995), POSING STRAP (1994), ROLL IN THE HAY (Jocks Studios, 1994), SADDLE TRAMPS 2 (Mustang Studios, 1992) and THE TASTE OF LEATHER (Catalina, 1996). “He was one of my true discoveries. He did many of his movies for me,” Ms. LaRue recalled today. “He’s on the gorgeous cover of ALL ABOUT STEVE and ROLL IN THE HAY; those are just beautiful photos of him. You know, he was just a big, normal guy who worked construction by day and had no aspirations of stardom. He had no fantasies about porn when I found him in a nightclub. But he did it and he became a big star. Everyone wanted to work with him because he was just an all-around nice guy. Really, that was Mark. He was an all-around nice guy.” We’re working to double-source a few details; however, I did confirm his passing through a print outlet. Our condolences to his partner, family, friends and fans.


20 Comments so far

  1. Marc- Chronicles of Pornia on May 5, 2008 9:37 pm

    Very sad news. “Roll in the Hay” was one of the first Falcon titles that I discovered and it was largely due to Mark West being so ruggedly handsome which made me want to rent the movie. My sympathies to his partner and family.

  2. Will on May 5, 2008 10:47 pm

    I’ll remember him for shattering my stereotyped notions about age. When I discovered this remarkably fit and handsome man was–perish the thought–fortyish, my post-adolescent notions about age were forever shattered. I bet he was drop-dead gorgeous to the end. Condolences to his loved ones.

  3. Will on May 5, 2008 10:52 pm

    Sorry for the redundant wording, it’s late. . .

  4. DeWayne on May 6, 2008 12:12 am

    Damn I am sorry to hear this and I agree with Will I always called him “Marlboro Mark” he was what I pictured the perfect gay Man to be like!

    Rest in peace Mark

  5. Ricci on May 6, 2008 9:39 am

    RIP and thanks for those wonderful movie scenes which i enjoyed from the age of 18 so much

  6. Frank on May 6, 2008 5:08 pm

    Its sad when a performer like Mark West passes away.My condolences go out to his family and partner.

  7. Stephen on May 7, 2008 5:14 pm

    Construction – I knew him personally and he was a pool man – he loved his work, but Chi Chi thinks he was in construction?

    Mark was hot hot hot! He also bartended in Weho for years! He will be missed!

  8. Chi Chi Larue on May 7, 2008 5:39 pm

    Hey Stephen, first, I want to say we will all miss our friend and as his friend i would think you knew he also worked on houses including roof work.We are not here to split hairs about who knew him better are we? He was one of the most wonderful men I ever met, he will be missed. My thoughts are with his friends and family.

  9. Stephen on May 8, 2008 3:07 pm

    i wasnt trying to split hairs chi chi. does anyone know more about how he actually died? what island? was he swimming or surfing? i feel awful to hear about his passing.

  10. JC Adams on May 8, 2008 3:48 pm

    Stephen — To answer your questions, Mark was snorkeling at Makena State Beach. Apparently there were dangerously choppy waters and no lifeguards posted, which has sparked a controversy in Hawaii.


  11. Sinu' on May 9, 2008 1:42 am

    If there were no lifeguards present, should not a warning have been posted?

  12. Sinu' on May 9, 2008 1:42 am

    If there were no lifeguards present, should not a warning have been posted?

  13. Stephen on May 9, 2008 11:17 am

    thanks jc. wow, i’m so sad… he was such a sweet guy. 🙁

  14. John on May 13, 2008 1:30 am

    Very sad news indeed.

    Mention is made here of Mark’s construction/building/roofing work (call it what you will)and the fact that he was a barman in WeHo, but didn’t he also go through Med School? In fact, didn’t he actually do porn to finance his schooling? And, didn’t he end up a fully fledged doctor?

  15. Owen on November 17, 2008 1:10 pm

    My love n best wishes to his partner

  16. Kevin Le on March 21, 2009 8:04 am

    Hi John,
    I read this news on, Mark West is also a doctor.

    “Porn Again: Life After Skinflicks,” by Eric Gutierrez. “Art & Commerce” column. “OUT” magazine, July, 1997, pp. 64-68, 105.

    “Can a former triple-X actor build an A-list career without hiding his past?”

    The ER is swamped, and the handsome 44-year-old resident physician has been on call for more than 10 hours. A quick scrub, a swig of coffee, and he’s back in action, checking vitals, meds, and symptoms of a man on a gurney, ravaged by a variety of AIDS-related illnesses. What he doesn’t notice is that the patient is also examining him, checking out his well-built body and steely blue eyes. The patient can’t take his eyes off the doctor.

    “Then he called me by my porn name,” says the doctor, the former Mark West, star of BLOW ME DOWN and SEX STAR INTERACTIVE. “For the first few seconds, it was uncomfortable, then just plain comical. We were both laughing. He wanted to ask me questions about the movies, but it was extremely busy with nurses coming and going.”
    Maybe retired porn performers just looking for a decent job and a good dental plan have less to worry about. But case studies are hard to find, since most would like to keep their past behind them. Including Mark West. “Medicine is highly competitive,” says the doctor in a barely audible rumble, explaining why he has asked that his real name, medical specialty, and hospital not be mentioned. “Someone could possibly use this against me. People will spread damaging information if they thought it could help them somehow.”

  17. Shawn on October 2, 2009 11:14 pm

    I was very sorry to recently hear the news that Gene had passed away. We hadn’t been in touch very much since he had a new boyfriend and was living in Weho.Gene and I worked together at Rafters and Trunks when he bartended there in the mid 90’s. He was also my first boyfriend back in the late 1980’s. He will be missed.

  18. den on July 28, 2010 4:34 am

    can i have some videos of him?

  19. david young on August 11, 2010 7:15 pm

    gene was so sweet. and every moment i had with him was wonderful. love and miss him. please come home. david

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