Harry Reems was born Herbert Streicher on August 27, 1947 to a German-American Jewish family in Bronx, New York. Harry Reems served briefly in the US Marine Corps before electing to pursue an acting career, principally in off-Broadway theater.
Looking for ways to support himself, Harry Reems began to appear in dozens of short, silent stag films, often referred to as "loops," during the early 1970s.
He eventually went on to appear in approximately 140 feature-length sexploitation and hardcore films between 1971 and 1989, with Deep Throat in 1972 ,for which production he was hired to be part of the lighting crew, but the director was unable to cast one of the roles and asked him, and The Devil in Miss Jones in 1973 being the best known, as well as roughies like Forced Entry in 1973 a
nd Sex Wish in 1976.
In the former, he played a sadistic Vietnam veteran hellbent on rape and murder, while the latter has him as a husband turned vigilante to seek revenge over the rape and murder of his wife. In 1975, he published a memoir, Here Comes Harry Reems, in which he details the beginning of his career as an adult film actor. He had sex in hardcore pornographic film with the still minor Traci Lords.
Why is Harry Reems famous?
Harry Reems is the nom de film of one of the most notorious pornographic actors of the 1970s and star of the 1972 cult classic Deep Throat.
Why do we like Harry Reems?
After years of drug abuse, Harry Reems began his recovery in 1989. He married and converted to Christianity. "Being the low-bottom drunk that I was, I started going around to churches," said Harry Reems. "I called myself a church gypsy." Harry Reems credits his conversion to Reverend Mark Heiss, a former pastor with Park City Community Church in Park City, Utah.