25 Famous Celebrities Who Began Their Career With Films


Porn films and Hollywood mainstream movies have a very close relation. Both porn films and mainstream movies entertain their audiences in their own way, but it’s the porn films that have a larger audience, due to the internet. The celebrities whom you see today were once upon a time into porn films before their career took off in Hollywood films. You will be surprised to know who are those celebrities, that began their career with porn films.

25. Stormy Daniels

Stormy is an award-winning American porn star, who began her career as a stripper at age 17. She has done many mainstream films such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Finding Bliss.

24. Joan Laurer

Joan before she began her porn career in 2004 and went on to do several porn films, was a professional wrestler. She appeared in many TV shows and mainstream films. Sadly, On April 20, 2016, Laurer died of an accidental drug overdose at her home.

23. Ron Jeremy 

Ron is known as the ‘King of Porn’ films, where he began his career at an early age in 1979 and is one of the very few porn film stars to make the jump into mainstream cinema. He has done more than 800 porn films and appeared in Hollywood movies like Ghostbusters, Boondock Saints, and Detroit Rock City.

22. Shu Qi 

She was a huge sensation as a softcore porn model appearing in Hong Kong Penthouse and the Chinese edition of Playboy. Shu Qi then turned towards Hollywood and her first mainstream breakthrough came in The Transporter, which starred Jason Statham then came The Eye 2, New York I love you and she was one of the jury members at the Berlin International Film Festival.

21. Traci Lords

Traci was one of the hottest pornstars during the 80’s, where she began her career at the age of 16 for Penthouse and appeared in more than 100 porn films. Her mainstream movies were Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Blade, Serial Mom, Cry-Baby. And on the small screen, Lords appeared as guest star in Gilmore Girls, Roseanne, Married With Children, Melrose Place, Tales from the Crypt, and Will & Grace. Her name is included on the Hollywood celebrities list.

20. Jenna Jameson

Jenna owns the title of “The Queen of Porn” as she has appeared in more than 187 movies until she made some selective roles in the mainstream. She has done films like Howard Stern’s Private Parts, Family Guy, and supplied her vocal talents to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4.

19. Ginger Lynn

Ginger was very popular in porn films during the 80s and was famous for her ceaselessly inventive dirty talk, and numerous scenes with porn legend John Holmes. She began her Hollywood career, which wasn’t huge, yet she made an impression by appearing alongside her then-boyfriend Emilio Estevez in the ’90s western Young Guns II, appeared in Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, and played the foxy Nurse Sanders in American Pie: Band Camp. She continues to do porn now and then.

18. Paul Barresi 

Paul was the first man to appear on the cover of Hustler, he did a string of porn movies throughout his career in the ’80s, and directed his own series of gay porn titles, popular for his involvement in several celebrities sex scandals. He’s appeared in a number of movies including Perfect starring John Travolta and John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars.

17. Ashlyn Gere 

Gere appeared in more than 200 porn films and has grabbed a bunch of industry awards in her porn career. She did movies like Creepazoids and Lunch Meat, before nabbing smaller parts in X-Files and Jet Li’s The One.

16. Ilona Staller

A Hungarian-Italian porn star, who holds the prestigious honor of owning the first pair of breasts bared live on Italian TV has appeared in many, many pornographic films using her stage name Cicciolina, until grabbing a role in RepliKator, a sci-fi movie co-starring Ned Beatty. Right now, she’s a politician in the Italian government.

15. Holly Sampson

Holly began her career doing softcore films like Lady Chatterley’s Stories in the 90’s before she could go on to do some hardcore fetish porn. She was one of the many women caught up in Tiger Woods’ marriage scandal and did an episode of The Wonder Years and a guest appearance in the Christian Slater movie Pump up the Volume.

14. Robert Kerman

Robert began his career with Debbie Does Dallas and did over a hundred porn films. He then moved out of the porn films and began his mainstream career with Italian horror movies during the early ’80s with Cannibal Holocaust, Eaten Alive, and Cannibal Ferox. He also appeared in Night of the Creeps, No Way Out, and Spider-Man.

13. Riley Steele

Riley started her porn career in ‘Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge,’ the sequel to the porn film ‘Pirates’ from where she moved onto doing Hollywood mainstream movies and TV roles in ‘Piranha 3-D’ and HBO’s ‘The Girl’s Guide To Depravity.’

12. Spalding Gray

Spalding Gray began his career doing three porn movies Love-In ’72, Little Orphan Dusty, Maraschino Cherry, and The Farmer’s Daughters. before he could become an actor and writer for mainstream movies. You may have spotted him in Kubrick’s The Killing Fields, King of the Hill, Beyond Rangoon, and Diabolique.


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