Friday, February 19, 2010

R.I.P. Jamie Gillis

Very, very sad news folks. It's been confirmed by those in the know that Jamie Gillis has died after a battle with cancer. You can read about it here (doesn't seem to have made "mainstream" news yet).

I particularly liked the email Carter Stevens posted, and the little tribute that followed, which you can read at the linked thread:

"'It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Jamie Gillis, who died today in New York at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer. A wonderful and charismatic man and most treasured friend, he will be greatly missed by his partner Zarela, his family, his many friends, and countless fans around the world. He will be cremated at a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, Jamie requested that contributions be made to the NYC Police Athletic League, an organization that helped Jamie as a boy and continues to assist children in New York City (http://www.palnyc.org/800-PAL-4KIDS/Donate.aspx). Despite the immense grief we feel for the loss of our friend, we are comforted by a quotation from Albert Camus that Jamie often quoted to us: ‘Happiness, too, is inevitable’.'

He was a good friend to me and I will miss him. As to the charges of his mistreating women. That's crap. He might start off rough but all a woman would have to do was slap his face and he would just as happily lick her boots. I've oft been quoted as saying there are 5 kinds of people in porn, hetrosexuals, homosexuals, bi-sexuals, tri-sexuals and then there is Jamie Gillis. Jamie took it as a complement which it was and quoted me proudly. I'll miss the man a lot."

This made me smile, which is a good thing I think, and I will continue to celebrate his life through his films. Peace, Jamie, and thanks for everything.

9 comments:

Roger Feelbert said...

What a shame.

Oddly only a few hours ago I was thinking about films in which he played roles that were, for lack of a better term, "anti-Gillies": 180 degrees from the tone of performance that most people would associate with him.

"High School Memories" and "Talk Dirty to Me 3" come to mind....

Gore-Gore Girl said...

You know, my very first Jamie experience was an "anti-Gillies" moment - The Passions of Carol. I remember thinking he was such a goddamn sweetheart, and then it was a rollercoaster ride from then on. High School Memories still has that Gillies effect, I think - but then he turns on the charm to 11 in the second act.

Love that guy.

T.L Bugg said...

I heard a rumor running around about this last night, and I hoped it wasn't true. RIP Mr. Gillis.

J. Astro said...

Knowing how much you admired Jamie Gillis' presence in the adult cinema world that you have given such enthusiasm and consideration to, I'm sorry to have to read this post. Bummer.

Gore-Gore Girl said...

Astro - your words mean a lot. Jamie Gillis changed my life. I hope you poured your drink out at least once this week.

BlackSix said...

The first movie I saw Jamie Gillis in was The Opening of Misty Beethoven, where he was so charming and warm, so to discover that he was also in the likes of Waterpower was quite a shock. One of the sad things about his passing is that it reminds me that in today's porn industry such an outright bisexual pervert as Jamie would probably get black-listed or at least harassed by a large portion of the industry (not that a guy like Jamie would care).

barringer82 said...

jesus, why didn't I hear about this?! I think I was actually watching new wave hookers the day this happened - seriously

Gore-Gore Girl said...

That's weird - I watched New Wave Hookers two days after Jamie's death - my boyfriend picked up a copy, and he had no idea Jamie was even in it. Serendipitous.

Heather Drain said...

Very sweet and well written tribute. The man is so missed. There will never be an actor or man quite like Jamie Gillis.

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