[Edits: 03/05/12.] I’m sorry to report the news today that filmmaker Dan Cross has died. He was a production manager, producer and director for All Worlds Video for two decades and the driving force behind hundreds of blue movies. Mr. Cross was the secret weapon for studio founder Rick Ford and AWV. A fastidious and hyper-organized producer, he came to the rescue of many fledgling directors, including me. Dan Cross was my first producer, and served as my mentor and guide. I spent the morning reminiscing with Jerry Douglas, and spoke via email with Wash West; both filmmakers voiced similar sentiments. Mr. Cross was 65 and had been battling lung cancer. He passed away late Saturday night, March 3, in Palm Springs with several close friends at hand. As you can see from the comment below, a memorial and celebration of his life has been set for March 24. Contact me for specifics. More details to follow.


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  1. Ben on March 4, 2012 4:46 pm

    RIP 🙁

  2. JasonX on March 4, 2012 6:04 pm

    Sergio Real, Damon Audigier, Roman Ragazzi and now Dan Cross. RIP to all.

  3. Sinu' on March 5, 2012 6:51 am

    So many lately in such a short space of time. My thoughts go to his close friends and to you JC for being your mentor. May he RIP.

  4. Kevin Clarke on March 5, 2012 8:50 am

    Dan was one of the good guys, a man of honor. Sad day.

  5. Rick Brock on March 5, 2012 9:39 am

    FYI-we will be holding a Celebration Of Life for Dan in Palm Springs on March 24.

  6. Vince Harrington on March 5, 2012 11:45 am

    He was a sweet, honest and talented man. It was an honor to know him.

  7. Andrew Rosen on March 5, 2012 12:54 pm

    Dan was one of my most favorite people in the industry. I had the pleasure to asst. direct and edit for him while working with All Worlds. He was a true talent and pillar of the industry. I’m sad that he is gone and hope heaven is a Boyland filled with Bucketfuls O’ Chicken and cute young naked angels.

  8. T.J. Paris on March 5, 2012 4:02 pm

    R.I.P My dear you are in a better place now, you will be so missed.

    T.J. Paris

  9. THOR STEPHANS & PETER GOESINYA on March 6, 2012 11:10 am

    Of all the hundreds and hundreds of videos produced over the years at AWV, Dan had his finger prints on everyone of them. Of the 25 or so projects I did for AWV, Dan worked with me on all of them. He was a major corner stone of that company. There’s no one else I liked working with more than Dan. I loved working with him cause he was always on top of everything and totally into what he was doing without getting in your way. As a person and a friend, he was a sweetheart….I loved him dearly and will miss him very much. Rest in peace….

    Much Love & Respect
    THOR STEPHANS & PETER GOESINYA

  10. Ross Cannon on March 6, 2012 2:22 pm

    RIP Dan you helped me get thru many impossible shoots and helped in many other ways. You will be missed.

    Ross Cannon

  11. Aaron on March 9, 2012 12:20 am

    Amazing videos,All Worlds is one of my favorite studios…Rest in peace talented man……

  12. Vin Nolan on April 11, 2012 9:09 pm

    so very sad to find this out, Dan by far was one of the nicest down to earth guys you could ever hope to meet.I’m so glad I had the chance to work with him many times. For those who had the pleasure of meeting / knowing him I’m sry for the loss. For those who will never get the chance to meet him I’m also sry for your loss.
    R.I.P. Dan

  13. Mike Donner on April 12, 2012 4:48 pm

    Truly the sweetheart of the industry. I adored him greatly and he was the best right hand man in every single production. This is a man who always had my back and was a friend. Rest in peace, sweet Danny.

  14. Luciano Haas on April 16, 2012 3:37 am

    RIP Dan you helped me get into porn business and helped in many other ways. You will be missed.

    Luciano Haas

  15. Gerald on April 17, 2012 10:28 am

    Condolences to Dan’s many friends and family. It’s clear he will be remembered.

    Thank you for writing about this, JCA.

  16. Dave Atkins on July 26, 2014 5:35 pm

    I was a friend of Dan’s in West Hollywood when I first hit the city in the early 80’s. He was working with a former t.v. game show host and producing convention shows. My favorite memory of him was when were were standing in the patio of The Greenery on a Friday Night and a guy jogged by. Dan looked at him, looked at me and shook his head, saying, “jogging on a Saturday Night.” He then yelled after him, “You’re going to die like the rest of us.”

    He was always charming, even when being sarcastic. He was the life of any party and had a habit of drawing us in as a group without being obvious about it. I lost touch with him when I sobered up in 87 but I keep an eye on him from afar by following his career. I was hoping to catch back up with him so I Googled him and got this page. I’m sorry I didn’t move on that impulse sooner. RIP Dan.

  17. JC Adams on July 26, 2014 9:38 pm

    Dave — Thank you for sharing your memories. I think of Dan fondly and often, and I know many of his colleagues in the industry do likewise. Please know he was surrounded by friends in his final days.

    Regards,
    JCA

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