Most actors work their whole lives in an attempt to break into the mainstream. In the meantime, between the countless auditions, minor roles, and failed series, they have to find a way to pay the bills.
A lot of them work multiple jobs just to survive, while striving towards their goal of being bathed in the limelight. Some will work at restaurants, some will take up positions in a film making capacity, and some will end up flipping burgers. Then, there are others...
Some will dip into the seedier side of the film industry, using their good looks, talent, and other attributes to score a role doing film, but not the type that they intended when they came to Hollywood. They find themselves ousted from the mainstream walk of stars and instead hitch a ride on the avenue of smut.
As opposed to showing a lack of morals or a dubious nature, these performers do what it takes to survive, even if that means reading a thousand scripts that all center around an Italian pizza boy mistakingly delivering sausage pizza, or a pool boy that is constantly ogled by a lonely housewife.
Whether through bad luck, a way to get a leg up on acting, or just out of sheer will, these actors have dipped over to the "other" industry-- the erotic one.
Put on your best disguise, tell your significant other you're going grocery shopping, and run straight through the video store without making eye contact; we're heading to the adult section to feast our eyes upon the 15 Actors You Didn't Know Entered The "Other" Industry.
15 Jackie Chan
Even if moviegoers aren’t particularly familiar with martial arts movies, there’s a good chance that they’re still familiar with Jackie Chan. As the goofy good guy who can disarm a pistol wielding punk with a refrigerator door, Jackie Chan is widely recognized in the film community for being able to act, instruct, sing, and do all of his own stunts.
With a career that began in the 1960s and still runs strong, it wouldn’t surprise anyone that Jackie Chan, like almost everyone else, fell on hard times. Instead of giving up, Jackie turned to the obvious second choice: Chinese erotic comedies.
All In The Family is a 1975 erotic comedy that features Chan playing a rickshaw driver named Little Tang that ends up putting the moves on another characters wife. All In The Family features one of only two sex scenes that Chan has ever done, and is his only movie that doesn’t feature stunts.
When asked, Jackie Chan is unashamed of his involvement, claiming that it was what he had to do at the time to survive.
14 Dustin Diamond
Best known for his role as a soprano voiced dork on Saved By The Bell and its subsequent spinoffs, Dustin Diamond has also starred in multiple TV shows and film shorts, even making an appearance in 1989 on The Wonder Years.
In the usual crash and burn style of most child stars, Diamond ended up going buck wild in his later years, going so far as to direct and star in his own porn: Screeched – Saved By The Smell.
The title is appropriately cringe-inducing for a sex tape like Screeched; the whole affair is guaranteed to give even the most perverted Saved By The Bell fan a serious case of nausea, due to the poor camera work by Diamond himself, or the poor quality of the entire experience.
Diamond later appeared on Oprah on a “Where Are They Now” segment, where he denied involvement, citing the man in the sex tape as a “stunt man.”
13 Sibel Kekilli
Any Game Of Thrones fans will instantly be familiar with Sibel Kekilli; she plays Shae, the prostitute who spends some personal time with Tyrion Lannister and subsequently becomes his headstrong lover.
Before Kekilli was playing a streetwalker on one of the most popular shows ever and acting in a variety of movies and T.V. shows, she was starring in adult films overseas.
Prior to being recognized for the talent that she is, Kekilli was participating in a number of adult films in Europe. Her erotic beginnings are well known and she is one of six actors on Game Of Thrones who has been involved with porn at some point in their career.
It definitely hasn’t detracted away from her acting chops; she has wrangled a multitude of German movie and television awards for her superb performances in a variety of roles.
12 Jaimee Foxworth
Best known for her role as Judy Winslow on Family Matters, not much work came for Jaimme Foxworth after the sitcom’s writers wrote her off after the appearance of Steve Urkel (Yes Steve, you did do that). Struggling with substance abuse issues, Jaimee turned to the adult industry as a way to make ends meet.
Operating under the name “Crave," Foxworth went on to work in the adult industry for several years. Her story was featured on Oprah in the episode "Former Child TV Star Reveals the Biggest Mistake of Her Life", where Foxworth discussed her time in the industry, substance abuse, and her personal life.
Her last adult role was in 2009’s Jeffersons: A XXX Parody, and in autumn of 2009 she appeared on Life After, where she discussed her life and newborn son.
11 Tom Sizemore
Tom Sizemore is one of those “guys that are in everything,” often popping up in places film watchers least expect him.
Tom has had roles in Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, True Romance, Pearl Harbor, Heat, Born On The Fourth Of July... and the list goes on. In short, the mainstream film industry has kept Tom Sizemore in work for a number of years.
This fact didn’t keep Tom from pairing up with adult entertainment giant Vivid Entertainment to release The Tom Sizemore Sex Scandal. Featuring Tom balling a variety of broads, it’s his only foray into the erotic side of the industry to date.
He even went so far as claiming to have relations with Paris Hilton in the video, which she denied and chalked up to Sizemore trying to boost sales for his filthy DVD.
10 Stephen Geoffreys
Probably most well known for his roles in a variety of '80s horror and comedy flicks, Stephen Geoffreys is recognized for his manic and animated style of acting. Appearing in memorable roles in Fright Night, 976-EVIL, and Fraternity Vacation, Geoffreys starred in a butt load of gay adult cinema in the '90s.
Using the alias “Sam Ritter," Geoffreys starred in all male feature films, attributing well over 50 acting credits to his name, including roles in features like Are You Being Served?, Behind His Back, and Burgle Booty.
Geoffreys’ last batch of exotic films were released in 2005, and he has since returned to mainstream acting, with upcoming films like Pizza Boy Massacre being announced for future release. Geoffreys is one of the only actors on this list who subsequently acted in mainstream roles while lending his talents to the adult industry.
9 Spalding Gray
With most of his career consisting of stage performances and live monologues, Spalding Gray is probably more well known to mainstream film viewers for his adult career as opposed to any commercial feature film.
His film version of one of his monologues, Swimming To Cambodia, was well received and escalated him to being somewhat known in the US.
Beforehand, Gray was featured in a few adult films that are well known in the industry, the most famous being Farmers Daughters; a pretty twisted hardcore flick that has become infamous due to its taboo subject matter.
Although his monologues and film releases escalated him to more noticeable fame in the spotlight, Gray was playing a convict leader that forces incest on a farm family only a few years before.
8 Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone is one of the most well known names in action films and cinema in general. Everyone who has ever stepped within a few blocks of a movie theater knows about Rocky, Rambo, and Cliffhanger, to name a few of his (more bearable) movies. However, many don’t know that one of Stallone’s first flicks was Party at Kitty And Studs.
Stallone plays Stud, a dude who pokes his girlfriend and then three of her friends when they come over for a party. It is pretty typical as far as erotic plots go, and apparently the movie itself falls into the realm of boring pretty quickly.
After Stallone’s rise to fame due to Rocky, the DVD was released and given several different names related to Stallone’s mainstream movies as a chance to cash in on the actor’s newfound success. The one that most use when referencing the softcore film today is the aptly applied title The Italian Stallion.
7 Linnea Quigley
Linnea Quigley’s name became more commonplace after her role as "Trash" in 1985’s Return Of The Living Dead (the pink haired punk that puts on a strip show atop a grave).
She continued to make appearances in other horror flicks, including Night Of The Demons, Silent Night, Deadly Night, along side 143 other acting credits.
Although her numerous roles in low budget horror flicks are impressive, Linnea still has to pay bills like the rest of us, leading to her venture into hardcore adult cinema.
Curse Of The Lesbian Love Goddess features a solo scene with Quigley that is one of the main bragging points for an otherwise generic adult DVD. This was her only foray into the seedier side of the film industry, and Quigley hasn’t entertained the idea of participating in the erotic market since her solo scene.
6 Holly Sampson
Holly Sampson started hitting mainstream television roles in her teens, appearing in popular shows like The Wonder Years, Matlock, and a role in the film Pump Up The Volume.
While still working in mainstream productions, Holly entered the hardcore side of the adult industry under the pseudonyms "Nicolette" and "Zoe."
She eventually hopped over to the softcore side of things, starring in Emmanuelle 2000, The Voyeur, and a variety of feature length softcore films.
She jumped back over the fence to hardcore movies in 2008, and currently uses her real name when starring in feature length erotic films. Additionally, in 2009, Holly claimed to be one of nine women who slept with Tiger Woods during his adulterous streak.
5 Scott Schwartz
Scott Schwartz, better known as Flick from A Christmas Story (the one who gets his tongue stuck to the flagpole), was also in a few other feature films through the beginning of his mainstream career, including the The Toy and Kidco.
When the '90s rolled around, Scott found himself involved with slightly different tongues and poles in movies, as he took a series of non-participatory jobs in the adult industry before eventually deciding to jump into the action himself.
He eventually hopped back out in 2000, deciding to again focus on his career outside of the erotic industry. Most recently, Scott made headlines when he helped the Haim family sell Corey Haim’s personal belongings on Ebay after his death.
4 Kelli McCarty
Kelli McCarty is probably most recognizable from her role on Even Stevens as Ms. Lovelson, but she has also scored roles in a variety of other television shows. She has made appearances in Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, That’s So Raven, and Phil Of The Future.
It’s even more surprising then that she appeared in a number of softcore feature films in the midst of her career as a mainstream actress. She also approached adult entertainment company Vivid with an idea for an erotic film that she was deeply involved in. Faithless was a straight up hardcore adult film, and McCarty had her hand in acting, editing, and writing, among other things.
It seems strange that Disney would work with an actress who had a seedier past than most, but ask any Even Stevens fan and they’ll tell you there is only one Ms. Lovelson, regardless of her extracurricular activities.
3 John Bailey
While not having the most prominent career in television, John Bailey made a few appearances on extremely popular shows, including Happy Days, M*A*S*H, and Good Times. He also made an appearance in the well-received comedy Kentucky Fried Movie in 1977.
In the '80s, John Bailey entered the adult industry under the pseudonym "Jack Baker" and proceeded to make a serious go of it.
He starred in a cornucopia of erotic films produced and directed by friend Gregory Dark, featuring Let Me Tell Ya ‘bout White Chicks, New Wave Hookers, and two installments of the The Devil In Miss Jones series, aside from another 150 acting credits in the adult industry.
He later moved onto mostly non-sexual roles before passing away prematurely from bladder cancer in 1994.
2 Angelique Pettyjohn
Most notably featured in the Star Trek episode “The Gamesters of Triskelion” as Shanna, Angelique Pettyjohn’s career consists of minor TV spots and a few roles in feature films.
Film-wise, Pettyjohn made appearances in Clambake, The Mad Doctor Of Blood Island, and Hell's Belles, among other minor parts in obscure feature films.
Apart from her Star Trek role, she appeared in a variety of TV shows before turning to a different type of clam all together-- the adult industry kind.
Under the guise of one of three aliases, Pettyjohn went on to star in such adult films as Titillation, Stalag 69, and Body Talk, among a handful of others. She also appeared in a selection of skin magazines where she posed nude. Pettyjohn eventually became a burlesque performer in Las Vegas, before passing away in 1992.
1 Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz is one of the most prolific actresses in Hollywood, having stared and co-stared in a variety of feature films. She has also made numerous appearances in television shows, as well as contributing voiceover work to both animated films and the Charlie’s Angels video game in 2003.
Before Diaz hit it off in the mainstream, she starred in an extremely '90s softcore video that featured her exposing some bosom and administering some serious whipping to a dude in a gimp mask adorned in chains.
Diaz has since bought the rights to the video, meaning that horny fans shouldn’t expect a DVD release anytime soon or to find the video anywhere online. Diaz has kept her career squeaky clean and does her best to scrub away any trace that the video existed in the first place.
Can you think of any other actors who've been in the "other" industry? Let us know in the comments.