'Deep Throat' co-star Harry Reems dies at 65

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 20, 2013 at 6:43 pm •  Published: March 20, 2013
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After "Deep Throat," he went on to star in dozens of adult films, including "The Devil in Miss Jones."

"He hated, at the end, doing porn," Jeanne Reems said. "It was all he could make money doing."

In the 1980s, he left the porn industry and moved to Park City, Utah, where he eventually became a real-estate agent.

In 1989, a judge placed Reems on five years' probation and ordered him to pay back taxes after pleading guilty to failing to pay income tax on $35,000 in movie earnings. The court also ordered Reems to undergo an alcohol detoxification program and undergo psychological counseling.

In a 2006 interview with the Deseret News, Reems described his battles with alcohol and how his life transformed after he became sober.

"I literally should be dead. I know a lot of people who drank a lot less than me, and they are dead," Reems said. "God has left me on this Earth for a reason, and I think it's to save lives."

Reems said the public life he had led was his "downfall."

He married Jeanne in 1990, the first and only marriage for both.

"He was very romantic and a great husband," she said.

Family friend Don Schenk, who knew Reems for 20 years, described him as a "nice guy," a great salesman and an avid golfer and skier.

"I met him long after he left the adult film industry. The adult film industry basically destroyed him," Schenk said. "He would never talk about the salacious stuff — we always talked about how he was a survivor."

Reems struggled with multiple health problems in his final years and was hospitalized on March 5. His health problems kept him at home in recent years and he went through chemotherapy earlier this year for early stage pancreatic cancer.

"His last year or so was really, really hard," Jeanne Reems said.

Besides his wife, Reems is survived a brother. He had no children.

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