'Deep Throat' porn legend Harry Reems dead at 65

Harry Reems was best known for playing Dr. Young in the 1972 adult film classic "Deep Throat."

Story highlights

  • Larry Flynt: "He was an icon from the beginning of the erotic film industry"
  • Reems was a pioneer in the fight for First Amendment rights for porn actors, Ron Jeremy says
  • His obscenity conviction for "Deep Throat" was overturned on appeal
  • He "found Jesus" and sold real estate in Utah after leaving the adult film industry
Harry Reems, the porn star best known for playing Dr. Young in the 1972 adult film classic "Deep Throat," died Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman at a Salt Lake City hospital. Reems, whose real name was Herbert Streicher, was 65.
Reems, who appeared in numerous pornographic films in the 1970s and '80s, was a pioneer whose battle for First Amendment rights paved the way for the adult film industry to enter the mainstream, said fellow actor Ron Jeremy.
Jill Atwood, spokeswoman for George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City, would not disclose the cause of death for privacy reasons.
Reems' big break came in 1972 on the set of "Deep Throat" when the actor cast to play the feisty Dr. Young failed to show up for filming. Reems was promoted from extra to co-star, which meant an unforgettable sex scene with leading lady Linda Lovelace.