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Johnnie Keyes

American boxer and adult entertainment actor

Johnnie Keyes is ...


Born 21 February 1940 in Cleveland
Died 3 June 2018 in Seattle
Age 78 years, 4 months
Cause cerebrovascular disease

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Birth name Johnnie Keyes
Occupation boxer, actor, pornographic actor, stage actor and jazz musician
Country for sport United States of America
Awards AVN Hall of Fame and XRCO Hall of Fame
Sport boxing

About Johnnie Keyes

Johnnie Keyes was a man of many talents. Born on February 21, 1940, in Texas, Keyes was a professional boxer before he made his mark in the adult film industry. He began his boxing career in the 1960s and fought in the welterweight division. However, after sustaining a serious injury, Keyes was forced to retire from boxing.

In the early 1970s, Keyes moved to Seattle and began working as a bartender. It was there that he was discovered by the legendary pornographer, Jim Mitchell. Mitchell cast Keyes in his film, "Behind the Green Door," which became a huge success and catapulted Keyes to stardom.

Keyes went on to appear in over 100 adult films, including "The Opening of Misty Beethoven" and "Candy Goes to Hollywood." He was known for his good looks, muscular physique, and impressive stamina.

Despite his success in the adult film industry, Keyes never forgot his roots in boxing. He continued to train and even worked as a boxing coach for a time.

In his later years, Keyes became an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. He spoke openly about his own experiences with the disease and worked tirelessly to educate others.

Johnnie Keyes passed away on June 3, 2018, at the age of 78. He will be remembered as a trailblazer in the adult film industry and a champion for HIV/AIDS awareness.


- "Johnnie Keyes, a Star of X-Rated 'Green Door,' Dies at 78" - The New York Times

- "Johnnie Keyes, the boxer who became a porn star, dies at 78" - The Guardian

- "Johnnie Keyes, the Porn Star Who Became an HIV Activist, Has Died" - Advocate

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