Jack Wrangler (1946 - 2009)

An icon in porn and theater, Jack Wrangler passed away today at 62, due to complications from lung disease.

Here's the sad notice from TLA Movies:

    "With piercing blue eyes, unruly blond hair, a chiseled physique and cocky swagger, Jack Wrangler was the king of '70s gay porn. Forging a gay sexual revolution, he wasn't the typical object of homoerotic desire but an intelligent, full-bodied, self-confident male. Exulted for his 80-plus adult films, the openly gay superstar even conquered the straight adult world and legitimate theater. Mr. Wrangler eventually married pop vocalist Margaret Whiting and their relationship would last for the rest of his life.

    The documentary Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon, recently won the 2009 GayVN Award for Best Alternative release.

    'Making this film was a great opportunity to pay tribute to a man who lives his life with grace, humor and confidence, and was a role model for an entire generation of men,' said director Jeffrey Schwarz. 'Jack and the filmmakers he worked with were truly pioneers in the industry, and I hope this film can remind us that porn can be revolutionary, inspirational, and just plain fun.'

    'Jack was one of the earlier pioneers in helping to bring awareness to the gay community by being open about who he was and about following his dreams,' said Lewis Tice, Director of Publicity and Marketing for TLA Releasing. 'We are deeply saddened as he is an essential part of our gay history. Our sympathies go out to his family'."

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