John Holmes (full name John Curtis Holmes) was an American pornographic film actor, best known by the name of John C. Holmes or Johnny Wadd (after the major role he played in a series of films). With five73 films on his resume, He is among the most well-known adult film actors.
John Holmes net worth at the date of his death was $100,000.
John Holmes, the youngest of four children was born on August 8th, 1944 in Pickaway County, Ohio. He was the son of an extremely religious mother who was named Mary and an alcoholic abusive stepfather who was named Harold Bowman. John Holmes was a bible student who, at the age of 16 left schools, left his home, and joined the US Army, where he spent 3 years, mainly in Germany. He was married to an unmarried nurse by the name of Sharon Gebenini and relocated to Los Angeles, where he performed odd jobs such as door-to-door salesman, cab driver postal clerk, temp worker coffee vat attendant ambulance driver as well as a forklift operator.
John Holmes Career
There are many different versions of John Holmes’ journey from forklift driver to ambulance driver to becoming a well-known adult actor. According to one account, the neighbor of a woman was making loops and told Holmes the possibility of earning an enormous amount of money doing it. The first check that Holmes made was reported to have bounced, which is why he insists to pay cash from that point on.
Another source states that in the year 1967 Holmes attended a male card club located in Gardena in the year 1967 when an employee from an underground publication saw Holmes’ huge “member” when he was standing close to Holmes in a bathroom. The photographer gave Holmes an invitation to sign up for his company card, stating that appearing in magazines could make him money. Whatever the truth may be, Holmes’ career took off in the 70s with the release of an adult show created and directed by Bob Chinn about a private detective known as Johnny Wadd. The popularity of Johnny Wadd led Chinn to create Flesh of the Lotus the next year. Chinn was the director and writer for the majority of Johnny Wadd’s films. Holmes has led to a variety of sequels for mature audiences. The immense popularity of films such as Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones in this time period made them popular among the adult crowd however, it was subject to scrutiny and criticism. But, during this period was when Holmes was imprisoned due to pandering and pranks, but Holmes was able to avoid being imprisoned through his role as an LAPD informant. Holmes was addicted to drugs which developed into a major issue by the end of the 1970s, and Holmes earned about $3000 per day. This made him ineffective and had a direct impact on his career as well as his finances. Holmes began to sell narcotics, prostituting himself, and also committing credit card fraud as well as petty theft to pay for his addiction to drugs and himself. But, the situation got worse. In the early 1980s, Holmes began to make friends with Eddie Nash, a drug dealer/gangster and nightclub proprietor. In the early 1980s, The Wonderland Gang, a group of cocaine dealers addicted to heroin that resided in a row home located on Wonderland Avenue in Los Angeles was also associated with Holmes.
John Holmes was a gang member, and often traded drugs in exchange. Holmes was in debt to the gang as well as Nash an enormous amount. Holmes told Nash and the Wonderland Gang about a massive amount of cash, drugs, and jewelry Nash was storing in his home in June of 1981, which was supposed to exchange for his life. On June 29th, 1981, Holmes helped plan a robbery that inspired scenes from the movies Boogie Nights and Wonderland.
John Holmes was HIV-positive when the disease was first discovered in 1986. Paradise Visuals (unaware of Holmes’s illness) provided him with a massive amount of money to travel to Italy and film his two final films that were released that same year. Holmes admitted to the media that he was suffering from colon cancer. Holmes was admitted to the hospital for the final few years of his life in the VA hospital in Los Angeles. On the 13th of March 1988, John Holmes died of complications arising from AIDS at the age of 43.
John Holmes Net Worth
John Holmes net worth in 1988 was estimated at $100,000. Holmes spent the majority of his money on drugs, prostitutes, and events. At times, his net worth surpassed 100,000 USD.
In 1976, John Holmes met Dawn Schiller who was a teenager who later became his girlfriend. He later forced her to be a prostitute. Sharon Gebenini was his first wife. John married Laurie Rosie later in his life. In the past, he suffered from AIDS.