Ryan Idol

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Ryan Idol
BornMarc Anthony Donais
(1964-08-10) August 10, 1964 (age 50)
Worcester, Massachusetts
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
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Ryan Idol
BornMarc Anthony Donais
(1964-08-10) August 10, 1964 (age 50)
Worcester, Massachusetts
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)

Ryan Idol (born Marc Anthony Donais, August 10, 1964)[1] is an American gay pornographic film actor who performed in the 1990s and later onstage in mainstream theater. He has French, Irish, and Native-American ancestry.[1] Idol describes himself as "the creation of Marc Anthony Donais."[2]


In February 1989, Idol appeared as the "Man of the Month" centerfold in Playgirl under his birth name Marc Anthony Donais.[2] This appearance launched his modeling career and introduced him to the adult film industry, in which he achieved notoriety and success under the name Ryan Idol. He retired from adult films in 1996.

On March 20, 1998, Idol was seriously injured after jumping through a window of his third-floor apartment in New York City in an attempted suicide. He considers the fall to be a "near-death experience".[3] Idol has stated that he doesn't recall jumping but that "the drugs and alcohol took over".[4][5]

Moving into theater acting, in 1999, Idol starred in the play Making Porn.[6] Idol next played "Bill Tom" in the play Scent of Rain (subtitled Scent of Rain: A Love Story Really!), a play written by Mark Dunn,[2] for which he was lauded for "continu[ing] to establish himself as a capable actor".[7] Idol made his Broadway debut when he played the "Crisco Patron" in the Roundabout Theater Company's 2007 revival of Terrence McNally's The Ritz.[8]

Regarding his sexuality, Idol stated, "I don't like to label myself.... I'd just like to say I'm a loving person. I can love a man and I can love a woman."[3]

Legal charges[edit]

Court documents related to a lawsuit filed by HealthSouth over allegations of misuse of funds donated to Birmingham, Alabama, mayor Larry Langford's Computer Help for Kids charity mentioned Idol under his real name. The papers showed that $30,000 was paid to Idol, with $5,000 coming from the charity and $25,000 from the Council of Cooperating Governments. Charity director John Katopodis testified in a deposition that Idol was paid to repair computers and to set up computer giveaway programs in other areas.[9] Idol testified that, because of his 1998 fall, he was "not at [his] full faculties" and could not recall the details of his time with the organization.[10]

A Sacramento Superior Court jury convicted Idol on September 20, 2011 of attempted murder for smashing his girlfriend over the head with a toilet tank lid. He was also convicted of battery, assault with a deadly weapon and "corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant".[11] Sentencing was scheduled for December 9, 2011;[12] however when he appeared, his attorney requested to withdraw from the case. The request was granted. Idol then appeared in court on January 13, 2012 requesting a retrial "citing ineffective assistance of counsel". He was sentenced to 12 years in state prison September 27, 2012.[13] He is housed at the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, California, sensitive needs yard (protective custody).[14]




  1. ^ a b IMDb bio at www.imdb.com, retrieved from www.imdb.com on September 16, 2007
  2. ^ a b c "Celebrity Buzz: Who's Who". Playbill.com. April 1, 2000. Retrieved December 18, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Bohling, James (December 10, 1999). "Idol's Thoughts: Ryan Idol on the Road Back". Frontiers. pp. 66–68. 
  4. ^ "Top Porn Star Re-creates Self in SoBe Play". The Miami Herald. August 5, 1998. 
  5. ^ Wockner, Rex (August 17, 1998). "Quote/Unquote". Gay Today. Retrieved December 19, 2007. 
  6. ^ Wong, Cherry; Chan Hung (April 21, 1999). "Idolatry". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved December 18, 2007. 
  7. ^ Spindle, Les (December 24, 1999). "Scent of Rain". Frontiers. pp. 98–99. 
  8. ^ Broadway.com Staff (August 6, 2007). "Gay Porn Star Ryan Idol & Others Check Into The Ritz on Broadway". Broadway.com. Retrieved December 17, 2007. 
  9. ^ The Birmingham News Staff (February 19, 2008). "HealthSouth lawsuit challenges Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford's first computer charity". al.com. Retrieved February 19, 2008. 
  10. ^ Masters, Billy (March 6, 2008). "After Dark". Gay Chicago. p. 38. 
  11. ^ Ryan Idol found guilty of attempted murder
  12. ^ Former gay porn actor Ryan Idol convicted of attempted murder, The Sacramento Bee, September 21, 2011
  13. ^ Ex-gay porn star Ryan Idol gets 12 years in prison for beating ex-girlfriend
  14. ^ [1] The inmate locator system has his last name spelled incorrectly as "Donias".
  15. ^ 1994 GayVN Award winner for Best Actor.[2]
  16. ^ 1990 GayVN Award winner for Best Videography.

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