With all the charisma of the classic star who shares his name, and an unusual look that flies in the face of porn star stereotypes, James Deen has become one of the industry’s most popular young stars. Born in Pasadena, California, James worked at a coffee shop for a time to support himself before discovering his potential as an on-camera performer. He has built up an impressive catalog of titles, working with virtually all the major studios, from Jules Jordan to Zero Tolerance to New Sensations and more. In 2009, James was the youngest ever winner of the AVN award for Male Performer of the Year.
James Deen’s Porn Star Biography
James Deen is an extremely successful adult entertainment performer and director. As a kid who craved attention, Deen always tried to shock people. And anyone who knew him then would probably be shocked to know that Deen has fulfilled his long-time ambition of becoming a porn star. The tag trouble-maker” followed him from elementary school. So what did Deen do? He resolved to put his early desire to be a porn star into high gear at age 18 when he traveled to Hollywood to meet up with a stripper friend in 2004. That meeting put Deen in touch with industry professionals. The rest is history. With his own unique porn persona as an unlikely sex stud, this innocent-looking, scruffy-faced scamp with mischievous tendencies is a highly prolific porn performer, having made more than 4,000 films and directed 31 titles in merely a decade. Ostensibly the attention in porn flicks is usually on the female; however, when James Deen is in the scene, his scene-stealing performance is quite compelling.
Having worked with nearly every available co-star from male to female and with just about all the studios in the business, including Vivid, Acid Rain, and Evil Angel, Deen frequently collaborates on developing new avenues to display his art form. He has cultivated followers across a wide demographic and often seeks out mainstream opportunities to promote his activities. And what’s more, Deen’s untiring efforts in doing the work he simply loves have been validated by commendations, awards and industry accolades that have earned him multiple consecutive Male Performer of the Year awards.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Pasadena, California, Deen is the son of professional parents. One of the most important influences in his life is his Jewish heritage. Deen spent his youth in and out of trouble, nothing serious, though. At age 17 he worked for Starbucks for two years and took classes at Pasadena City College. But as soon as he turned 18, he knew he was destined to have sex with girls on camera. Hence, he entered the porn industry in 2009. Even in high school he was a true exhibitionist who enjoyed having sex with girls in front of his friends at various parties all over Los Angeles. In his early years in the porn industry, peers warned him that his skinny body type and boyish looks were not fit for porn, but within a few years he excelled to become the top performer in the industry, the youngest male to ever win Male Performer of the Year awards from both the AVN and XBIZ industry organizations.
Described in published reports as “not just a prop for some lady’s vagina; he’s got a distinct style that’s won him awards.” With boyish looks, curly brown hair and really blue eyes, James Deen portrays a nasty boy with tendencies for incessant naughtiness sometimes verging on the rough side in his screen performances. Not your average hunk with junk, this unlikely scene stealer packs a potent punch. The way in which this unassuming, playful, boyish-man wields his powerful rapier as a tool of the trade to lash and bash and bang and wang his way around a scene is quite compelling.
With an honest passion for all kinds of sex both on and off camera which is displayed in the array of movies to his credit (over 4,000), anything from hardcore BDSM, to straight gonzo or feature adult films, Deen is always the most captivating male on screen. Usually paired with female artists, Deen can also be seen in group scenes (threesomes, foursomes, gangbangs, blowbangs, and orgies). If you are a fan of porn, you have likely witnessed his on-screen shenanigans (uh credentials). However, if you have not yet viewed Deen in action, it would be well worth your time to see why he has also won the Cocksman of the Year award.
Studios, Co-Stars, Films
James Deen, the popular film stud that he has become, has appeared with just about every female in the business today. Some of the women to appear more frequently with Deen are Alexis Texas (Alexis Texas: Nymphomaniac); Asa Akira Asa Akira Is Insatiable 3); Kristina Rose; (Kristina Rose is Slutwoman); Joanna Angel (XOXO Joanna); and Dana Vespoli (Dana Vespoli Is Back). In his vast filmography, Deen has amassed thousands of hours of video content for his devoted fans, including the first in his directorial treatise based on the Seven Deadly Sins, called James Deen’s 7 Sins – Greed, where he examines human decadence in bare, sexual terms. Additionally, old and new porn studios like Hustler Video, Adam & Eve, New Sensations, Brazzers and Kink.com eagerly embrace projects featuring James Deen.
As a director and performer who “Does Them All,” Deen reportedly feels that “Porn is changing a lot these days.” He says, “It used to be that contract girls were handpicked for fame by ‘porno gods,’ but now, because of the Internet, there’s a revolving door of newer, hotter girls competing every minute.” Deen is clued in by working for the alt-porn site Burning Angel. Further, even Deen “feels dirty going into a porn store.” And that’s why for Deen, “Internet porn is changing access to what has been heretofore considered obscene content.” The Internet is making porn easily accessible and thereby contributing to the change in acceptance of porn into mainstream consciousness.
Deen’s mainstream activities have been as an outspoken advocate for the industry when he makes speaking engagements or becomes a member of a panel discussing issues related to the adult entertainment industry. Indeed, Deen’s appearances at functions serve as a lightning rod on issues of sex, especially. In September 2012 Deen was a participant at a press conference opposing Los Angeles County’s Measure B initiative requiring usage of condoms in the industry.
Deen’s over-the-top celebrity provides him increased opportunities for mainstream exposure. In 2013 Deen was listed as the only male performer to make the CNBC “Dirty Dozen” list of porn industry’s popular stars. In 2013 it was rumored that he would be involved in the production by mainstream Samuel Gonzalez, Jr. based on the events surrounding D.B. Cooper. And later Deen starred in his first mainstream film opposite Lindsay Lohan called “The Canyons” in August 2013. In addition to his XXX achievements James Deen was also noted as one of the top 100 Jews in Heeb magazine in 2009 and has been featured on CNBC’s special, “Porn: Business of Pleasure.” Although his career has only begun, this self-deprecating star appreciates every ounce of the successes he has attained. Deen said it best when he exclaimed, “Seriously, I am the luckiest boy alive.”
His innovative spirit led Deen to follow a number of collaborative ventures to push the bounds of sex and its artistry in mainstream media. In January 2013, Deen took to crowd funding site Kickstarter.com to raise funds for the mainstream steampunk Western film Cowboys and Engines. Additionally, in July 2013 Deen teamed with porn actress Andy San Dimas to release the first adult video production recorded on Google Glass. Within 24 hours, the censored trailer reportedly reached 1 million views on YouTube. Additionally, prompted by an open invitation by Deen on Twitter, Huffington Post blogger and comedienne, Jenn Tisdale, filmed a scene with Deen in late 2013. Current audiences seem to be infatuated with this boy in a man’s body as he applies his skills and talents in ways that captivate all kinds of audiences. In an all-Deen-all-the-time mode, audiences of all kinds (especially the atypical porn demographic of teenagers) are discovering the wonders of James Deen on screen, in print articles, and even as a guest lecturer in university lecture halls.
A fan and industry “best”, James Deen has received more than 92 industry nominations and has won an astounding 15 individual awards for his stellar performances. This does not include his awards for group collaborations or awards proffered by organizations like NightMoves which honored him with the accolade of Best Male Performer in 2010 and 2012. For a man whose work ethic denotes creativity, innovation, and a plain old zest for life, the following awards represent audience and industry appreciation for a job well done.