steve-pierce-by-jim-coxIt is my sad duty to report the death of Steven J. LaPeikis, known to gay adult as performer Steve Pierce. He passed on March 12, 2009 in Palm Springs; no reason has been given. He was 44 years old, and is survived by his partner of two decades, Thomas Miller, whom he married in 2008, as well as his mother, brother, sister and nieces. Pierce was a popular utility player in gay adult with a specialty in bondage and leather. He made approximately 40 films during a career that stretched between 1995 and 2004 and includes such classic titles as FLESH & BLOOD (All Worlds Video, 1996), THE CHOSEN (Falcon Studios, 1997) and JOHNNY HORMONE (HIS Video, 1997). Recently, Pierce achieved a lifelong dream with the publication of “World Without Winter,” his first novel, a science fiction adventure. In a published obituary, Miller writes that Pierce “loved alternative music, eating exotic cuisines and just being in the moment. He took extraordinary care of me, played tricks on me, cooked wonderful meals, and was my absolute best friend. After 20 years together, it was as if we had just met. Our relationship remained fresh, full of optimism and hope for the future.” Our condolences to Miller and to Pierce’s family, as well as his friends and fans. On a personal note, I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Pierce and interviewed him several times over the years. He was proud of his adult past and ebullient over the publication of “World Without Winter.” He will be missed. obituary: “Gay Adult Actor Steve Pierce Dies

[Portrait by Jim Cox.]


19 Comments so far

  1. Alan on April 12, 2009 7:10 am

    A ‘utility player’ maybe, but there are a lot of ‘A-list’ guys who could learn a lot from the energy and talent he brought to his work. I always enjoyed seeing his name on a flick because he was one of those guys who always seemed to consistently add that extra dose of sexual energy to whatever project he worked on…

    RIP Steve 🙁

  2. Casey on April 12, 2009 10:04 am

    This is very sad news. I loved this guy! Always wondered what happened to him, but glad to know that he was able to get something published that he was proud of before passing away. RIP Steve

  3. Steven Scarborough on April 12, 2009 10:41 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Steve’s passing. I have always had a thing for guys in glasses so when Steve walked on the set of Dr. Good Glove in 1995 I was immediately taken with him. What a great performer and super-sweet guy. My heart goes out to Thomas.

    Steven Scarborough

  4. James on April 12, 2009 12:13 pm


  5. Tom Chase on April 12, 2009 5:55 pm

    I was shocked when I read about Steve’s passing this morning. He was my scene partner in “Code of Conduct I and II” by Falcon Studios. If any of you out there have not seen it, I highly recommend that you do. Steve blew everyone out of the water. So intense, and so smooth at the same time!

    He was genuinely kind and giving. I remember him reading my astrology/numbers for me during breaks on the set. I met with him one more time, about a year later, and he gave me a hand-drawn chart explaining that reading.

    Steve, you showed me that vulnerability is integral to becoming a man. Thank you for that gift.

    Tom Chase

  6. Jett Blakk on April 12, 2009 6:23 pm

    I directed Steve in NAKED UNDERNEATH and did camera on 3 movies he appeared in. He was always of good humor and eager to give the best performance possible. He would come on the set of the PROWL movies with his leather gear and offer ideas to the director on how he could be abused! lol. He was a great guy, which is the best thing you can say about anybody. RIP Steve.


  7. Stretch on April 13, 2009 4:30 am

    Steve was the first person doing porn I met when I lived in L.A. He brought such incredible energy to all his fisting scenes I’m still amazed he has never been recognized by the GayVN, not even for best bottom (correct me if I’m wrong). But I guess that kind of showing rarely gets recognized for what it is : an amazing performance! He paved the way to Matthieu Paris (also not recognized to its talent)and others…
    Have FFun wherever you are, my friend.

  8. DeWayne on April 13, 2009 5:35 am

    I watched a couple of videos tonight, Steve left a real impression on both fans and the people he worked with. A total pro and a legend in the community he will be sorely missed!

    Sorely he would like that! 😉

  9. chris ward on April 13, 2009 4:37 pm

    He was a delightful man who enjoyed sex and life. I was very sorry to hear this news. He helped pave the way for very hard core films with performances that rank at the top. I will make sure I read his book.

    Chris Ward

  10. Sean Storm on April 27, 2009 2:12 am

    I have heard of Steve Pierce, but can’t recall ever seeing him in a movie (though I now will be wanting to based on people’s positive comments regarding his performances). But what impressed me the most was his accomplishment with getting WORLD WITHOUT WINTER published. He’s the first porn star that I’m aware of who has gotten an original novel to print (excluding others I know who have published books on erotica or biographies of their porn star life). In any event, Steve’s book inspires me because I, too, am 75% finished with writing my dream, too: getting my own thriller finished and then published. I struggle with using my real name or a fake name (but have already ruled out using my Sean Storm name). Does anyone know if Steve used his porn name on the book?
    In closing, as a porn star and aspiring author myself, I now can now say to myself during my doubts that a porn star can and has succeeded in the literary world by getting a non-sex book published.
    So,with Steve’s passing, though extremely sad, I have been given some inspiration that having a porn past doesn’t mean it will stop me from succeeding in the literary field.

  11. DeWayne on April 27, 2009 4:06 pm

    Sean, Steve used his porn star Alias for his book. I would recommend using Sean Storm as well on your book. In getting a book published Anything you can do to increase your visibility in a crowded book marketplace is a plus!

    A Thriller huh that has me intrigued, best of luck to you and be sure and let us all know when the book is finished.

  12. Tom on April 27, 2009 6:46 pm

    I was a big fan of Steve’s from his videos. Being my quintenssential type (that tall blond preppy guy who becomes a pig in the bedroom).

    I had the pleasure of meeting Steve back in 1995 when he appeared at the Nob Hill Theatre. I hung out after his “show” like a star struck teenager. He accepted my invitation to lunch and we hit it off and kept in touch off an on for years afterwards.

    In 1999, he flew out to Philadelphia and we spent a great weekend together. I followed his videos, everything from Dr Good Glove and then he was telling me during our Philly visit about some other company he was working for in Dick Wadd. He was the bright spot in so many of the movies he was in. His positive energy and outlook in life.

    He was also at one time Mr Southern California Drummer. Something he wore proudly as a way to show that men into fisting could be “leathermen” too. Plus he wanted to give back to the community.

    If it was in person, on the phone or chatting online, he spoke so very highly of his husband Tom.

    I recently got back in touch with him to see where I could get a copy of his book as I knew it was a big dream of his to have it published. Im glad I was able to read it and congratulate him on it.

    I’m happy to be able to get to see that he was just as amazing internally as he was externally. It was my pleasure to have gotten to know that.

    May he rest in peace and my Tom and Steve’s family back in Michigan find peace and remember what a great man he was.

  13. Ass_Pennies on April 28, 2009 1:21 am

    What’d he die of? Hmmmmmm…no reason was given… Yes, RIP, and sincerest condolences to…whoever that would be to. 44. Curious.

  14. Gus on August 28, 2009 6:46 pm

    I’ve always loved his movies but only discovered a couple of weeks ago that he ahd passed. He was my favourite porn star. It’s so tragic that someone so young should die. The intention that his soul find peace should be in the heart of everyone who knew him or knew of him, for it is this kind of love that helps heal a soul and assist him in finding his true restful place. You brought many bright moments to my life and I wish you an eternity of life, love and freedom.

  15. Steve on January 31, 2010 9:05 pm

    I grew up just a few doors from Steve growing up in Michigan. I did not realize until a class mate from high school had recently told me about his passing and that he was a porn star I have watched his videos for years and wondered why his face looked so familar to me. He was an nice kind person as a boy growing. I wish I had gotten a better chance to know him. I was a fine young man.

  16. Dale on February 21, 2010 1:42 pm

    How sad! What a beautiful person he was inside and outside. (tear)

  17. Yannick on January 12, 2012 6:33 am

    It is sad to understand why in two years, I had no more news from Steve. I had the pleasure of meeting Steve during a trip in Beverly Hills. From what was to be a forgettable encounter, it became a meeting which had lasting impact due to his kindness, sensitivity. He was truly interesting, and very generous. This was about 15 years ago and every so often there was a mail exchange with as usual kind words.

    I don’t know from what he passed away, I only pray he didn’t suffer to long.

    My sincere condolences to his husband.

    xx Yannick

  18. Julio on July 7, 2012 5:31 am

    Wow, I come to find he passed 3 years later. I first laid eyes on Steve when as a curious 16-year old (2001) I had started to embrace my sexuality and basic urges. He really was a part of my self sexual explorations and fantasies. I would proceed to his website despite the over 18 disclaimer but I’m glad I did. He was hands down my favorite performer and so smart. Remember him saying he leaned how to speak french just from watching tv. But m

  19. Julio on July 7, 2012 5:32 am

    Wow, I come to find he passed 3 years later. I first laid eyes on Steve when as a curious 16-year old (2001) I had started to embrace my sexuality and basic urges. He really was a part of my self sexual explorations and fantasies. I would proceed to his website despite the over 18 disclaimer but I’m glad I did. He was hands down my favorite performer and so smart. Remember him saying he leaned how to speak french just from watching tv. But most of all he was an amazing sex performer.

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