The Disappearing All-American Blond from Modern Gay Porn

There was a time during the 80s and 90s when blonds ruled the world….or at least the gay porn industry.  Whether they were sun-bleached, dyed, highlighted, or inherited blond men were in high demand.  Even though the number of blond males make up less than 5% of the American population, blonds were abundantly cast in gay porn.. 

Blond and bronzed Steve Fox was a legendary All-American Muscle Bottom

 During the era of VHS and DVDs, the “All-American Blond Jock and College Frat Boy” stereotypes were heavily marketed by a handful of Studios that produced 90% of the gay porn.  This had a powerful effect on gay culture because its stars set the standards for male beauty and sexuality. And for 20 years, blonds really did have more fun.

Legendary Porn Stars Ken Ryker, Jeremy Penn, Brian Maxon, Billy Brandt, Rex Chandler, Kevin Williams, Kurt Marshall, Derek Cameron, Steve Foxx, Brennan Foster and Mark Dalton and many others were the faces and bodies that studios would feature on the front of DVD covers to boost sales and move inventory.  

To be fair, may of yesterday’s idols were once-in-a-lifetime discoveries:  Who could ever measure up to Ken Ryker’s massive cock appeal, which is still a best-selling dildo on the internet for nostalgia seekers who couldn’t get their hands on one the first time around.   And long before Gay4Pay entered the gay lexicon, who could resist the handsome face and tanned, muscular perfection of Mark Dalton in his prime?  With his dazzling smile and Texas-sized cock featured in Playgirl and every monthly gay men’s magazine we were too distracted to care.  His gay fans were thankful whenever he jerked off in solo videos and his straight following of muscle & fitness bros were inspired by his tasteful nudes in lifestyle videos and frequent appearances in men’s exercise magazines .

Big, Beautiful, Blond Bodybuilders

Thanks to Colt Studios, blond men also left a lasting legacy in the world of bodybuilders.  Golden haired and blue-eyed Buck Hayes was stunningly handsome.  We thank the Porn Gods that this muscle model also filmed gay porn under the name of Rex Morgan.  

By any standards from any generation, Rex Morgan is the very definition of a classically handsome blond buck.

Other blond muscle gods include Doug Perry, John Pruitt, Noel Kemp, and Jake Wilder who shared their physical perfection and showed off their hard cocks in 8mm films and glossy vintage magazines that have now become porn gold.

The End of an Era

To really appreciate the star-power of some of these names, consider that many only made a handful of movies during a very short lived career of usually 3-5 years.  Yet this was enough to secure their status as either a Legend or Idol in porn history.   Not surprisingly, the reign of the Blond Idols ended about the same time DVDs became obsolete.  The 90s ushered in a Modern Era of Online Porn.  During the early days of the internet, websites were competing for subscription dollars, and it seemed a safe bet to recruit the stereotypical “All-American Blond Jock” that had been successful for so many years.  It seemed every website was looking for blond talent with enough star power to anchor their roster.  Some studios were more successful than others in their recruiting efforts, but on the whole, none were able to match the caliber of the superstar blonds of the 80s and 90s. 

The Modern Blonds

Early internet porn were hit and miss when it comes to recruiting talent because most were amateur productions and many recruited locally to save on travel expenses.  One such low budget studio was Bukbuddies.  It was a short-lived enterprise, but somehow manage to strike gold with the debut of one of the most handsome men ever to appear in gay porn.  Dark blond, blue-eyed Brodie had the cheekbones, square jaws, and dazzling smile that could have belonged to a top fashion model.   He did several poorly shot solo videos that did not do justice to the stunning beauty of this male model.  Nevertheless, there’s no denying the lasting universal appeal of this once-in-a-lifetime discovery.

Another early internet porn site, 2SCM was practically built on the popularity of blond muscle man Dean Coxx, who enjoyed a long career after branching out on his own. At Active Duty, one of the early break out stars was Kaden Saylor, who personified a wholesome, Southern boy charm on the inside and the face and body of the male equivalent of a blond bombshell on the outside.  Kaden was definitely the military site’s secret weapon.

Kaden's good looks not only brought in new subscribers but his sex appeal and godlike body was used to lure in new recruits.

The Blond Bromance

Fratmen.com was chock-full of blond surfers, wrestlers and other athletes in the early years.  It was highly successful for awhile because it delivered on extremely handsome and fit college jocks. Unfortunately the studio also had too many, all-too-real frat boys, which ultimately turned into an all-too-real frat house that was too straight and too boring for gay fans to care about.

At Fratmen, the solos were beautifully captured, but suffered from repetitiveness and was too tame for the changing porn market.  Viewers wanted to see the hot guys having gay sex instead of just doing solos and performing really awful oral sex.  Fans did get their wish when many of the former fratmen went on to do hard core sex scenes at other studios.

The Blond Boys Next Door

Over at Next Door Studios, Tommy D., Marcus Mojo and James Huntsman, Gavin Waters all had their own channels for blond lovers. Markie More was more of a “dirty blond” in every sense and became one of the Studio’s most successful and enduring superstars.  Resident twink Ty Thomas was handsome, lanky blond who was often paired with muscle hunks.

Chaosmen which is known for alternative-type models who were usually anything but blond, did surprise its subscribers with a wholesome blond teen named Tobin, who is remembered for his good looks and memorable scenes as a muscle bottom boy-toy.

Randy Blue was once a popular studio that discovered blond hunks Ash Taylor, Riley Price, Patrick Dunne, Zachary Cook and Bryce Tucker. Unfortunately ,with the exception of Austin Wolf, the blonds at Randy Blue were eclipsed by the immense popularity of Superstars Chris Rockway, Reese Rideout, Diego Sans, and Jordan Levine.

Superstar Austin Wolf has established himself as one of the most sought after muscle tops in the industry.   Hardcore fans will recall a couple of bottoming scenes during this time at RandyBlue a decade ago.  Since then, he has worked with dozens of studios including Men.com, Hot House, Titan and others.  This diverse exposure to different audiences has enabled him to amass legions of followers on social media.  He is one of the few porn stars who have been able to convert his social media presence into paying subscribers of his Just for Fans account.  

In modern times it is not clear the criteria for when a pornstar has done enough to achieve Icon or Legend status in gay porn history.   Diego Sans and Connor Maguire are universally acknowledged with such titles.  Austin’s long and successful career, his amazing body, and his undeniable skill as a dominant top no doubt distinguishes him as a modern day Blond Icon working in gay porn.

A Tale of Two Rival Studio Titans

Corbin Fisher was a true believer in the enduring allure of the All-American Blond Athlete, and their roster of early recruits such as Cameron, Jeff and Trevor who were the epitome of collegiate blond jocks and fraternity brothers.  But the website did not find its foot-hold on the age 18-25 market until the arrival of blond dynamic duo named Connor and Dawson.  They were charismatic, good looking, humble and talented performers who were responsible for the phenomenal growth in memberships.   

The arrival of Kent would complete the blond triumvirate whose names would become synonymous with the successful Corbin Fisher at the height of its popularity.  Together Connor, Dawson and Kent made hundreds of scenes during their years at the studio.  With the departure of their biggest stars as they “age out” of the collegiate theme, the studio struggled to find new talent.   It is now a shadow of the industry titan it once was.

I was surprised to find that Sean Cody, one of the industry’s largest recruiters of new male talents of the past decade, had but a handful of notable blonds on its roster.  Blake has enjoyed one of the longest careers of any models.   Who can forget muscle top Abe who is one of the most popular models of all time.  Davis is a one-hit wonder worth mentioning simply because he is so gorgeous.   Bronzed All-American muscle boy Nixon whipped fans into a frenzy with two epic bottoming scenes that cemented his status as one of the Sean Cody All-Time Favorite Models.  Most recently, tall, handsome and hung Jax has become the go-to top with dozens of scenes to his credit.  Beyond the world of Sean Cody subscribers, these buff blonds don’t have the same global recognition as other porn stars.

Luckily Sean Cody did not rely strictly on an one particular type for its success.  It was able to grow its audience through diversity recruiting that more closely resembles the demographics of its multi-racial subscribers.  Many of the performers, including longtime fan-favorite Brandon Cody have gone on to work for parent company Men.com, which bought Sean Cody from its founder some years ago.

The Magic of Men.com

With his blond highlights, tips and streaks, muscle man William Seed made his debut at Men.com only a few years ago.  Despite a limited sexual repertoire as a top, and notoriety as a Gay4Pay performer who does not do oral, William Seed has since catapulted to international fame thanks to starring roles in big-budget, quality projects and costly marketing using Men.com’s affiliates and ongoing social media efforts.  William Seed is among only a handful of performers who have been granted Exclusive Model status with Men.com since the studio does not focus on recruiting new talent but rather promoting established pornstars with their own large fanbase.  

The One that Got Away

Gay Hoopla is a relatively newer studio which dedicates a lot of effort to recruiting models.  They are best known for launching superstar Collin Simpson, but do not have any blond models of the same caliber.  They did have a big win about five years ago with the debut of Chris Kohler, whose classic good looks and down-to-earth personality, made every wrestling fan’s fantasy come true when his white singlet got soaking wet in the shower and revealed his rock hard boner.

Chris would return for three more solo videos, each time looking more handsome than the last.  Based on these four appearances alone, Chris Kohler would join the website’s All-Time Favorite Models.  He is also the most exceptional blond model to debut at any of the studios in the past decade.

Coming Soon...

So far in this article I have limited the discussion to American models or models like William Seed who works for an American studio.  The world of webcam chat, fitness, and European porn studios have introduced some exceptional new talents such as Leo Stuke, Peachy Sam, Patrick Le Blanc, Philippe Soulier, Alec Nysten and Ondra Taryk to name a few.  These blond beauties deserve their own tribute soon to come.

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