White House artist & Kaiser Permanente “dad” has a gay porn past

Remember this commercial about the businessman who goes to a meeting, check eats a healthy lunch, healing gets stuck in rush hour traffic, pills and then arrives home to find out his wife is having a baby? All of this aided by an unseen-but-omnipresent “entourage” of guardian angels from Kaiser Permanente?

Here’s a picture of the proud papa getting a hummer from another guy — and also returning the favor. You know what they say. The wife is always the last to know.

Jeff Griggs blowjob

Not quite on the level of Proctor & Gamble discovering the wholesome young mother on the Ivory Snow box was 99 and 44/100% impure, but still…

His real name is Jeff Griggs, and he has quite a few mainstream acting gigs under his belt, including appearances on “Babylon 5” (season 4), “Scrubs” (season 5), and “24.” (He was the first person killed by the terrorists in the first hour of Day 4.) But if you scroll down to the very bottom of his imdb.com profile you’ll find titles like Hard Steal and Lifeguard on Duty, credited as Tony Sinatra or Tony Erickson. These, of course, are his gay porn titles.

Actor Jeff Griggs (aka Tony Erickson, Tony Sinatra)

The trailers for some of Griggs’ “Tony Erickson” videos are posted at Channel 1 Releasing. The Secret Boys Club preview is especially amusing. Set at a roller rink — (Do they call it Xanadu?) — Griggs plays a roller skating waiter. His response to a bitchy queen (Chip Matthews) who orders a “wiener” is a boner-fide porn classic.

Jeff Griggs (aka Tony Erickson) in the hardcore video 'Head Struck'

Geaorge W Bush & actor Jeff Griggs

Griggs moonlights as a portrait painter. In 2001 his X-rated resume sparked a mini-scandal after a friend scored him an invitation to the White House where he presented our former “Commander in Chimp” with a commemorative 9/11-themed painting.

For his part, when Griggs was interviewed about the controversy in 2003 he verbally fellated Bill Clinton’s successor…

“As we stood there and looked at my painting, as we were reminded of the loss,” [Griggs] says, “I was convinced that he was completely aware of his own humanity and of his failings. But I was also aware that — damn it — he was the president of the United States and he was going to do his damnedest to see that this never happens to our country again.”

My God! The man’s delusional.

Funny though. When George W. Bush promised to restore “honor and dignity” to the White House most people took that as code for, “I’ll keep the cocksuckers off the Oval Office rug.” Chalk this up as another failure from an ignominious administration. This also means Jeff Gannon wasn’t the first gay sex worker to be granted special access to the Bush White House.

Griggs once had a recurring role on “Days of Our Lives” as the villainous Jude St. Clair, and sparked another minor controversy when he left the show. Producers were accused of firing him because of his porno past — an allegation that Griggs himself now denies. (It’s worth noting similar denials preceded the abrupt firing of fellow “Days” cast member Marcus Patrick after fans started swapping his go-go boy photos and nude Playgirl pix.)

Jeff Griggs as a male stripper in Breaking Point

But Griggs transition from hardcore porn to mainstream acting was a gradual one. He starred in a handful of softcore straight-to-video features in the interim. One of them is an erotic thriller called Breaking Point, starring Gary Busey and Kim Cattrall (sans Sex and the City fabulousity). That alone should tell you it’s a campy hot mess of a movie, but it’s worth a look to see Griggs as a male stripper who is literally hiding a dark secret behind his bowtie collar. You get to see him bump and grind in little more than a thong.

Useless porn trivia

One of Griggs’ early mainstream gigs was a guest starring role on “Honey I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Series,” which starred Peter Scolari of “Bossom Buddies” and “Newhart” fame. It just so happens that Peter Scolari has a porn connection of his own. His first acting job was a non-sexual bit part in a pornographic spoof of classic Hollywood movies, aptly titled Take Off.

Footage from Take Off appears briefly in the ’80s romantic comedy Working Girl. It’s the video Kevin Spacey pops into the VCR when he’s trying to seduce Melanie Griffith. A few years prior to her Oscar nominated role in Working Girl Griffith gave a breakthrough performance playing a porn star in the Brian De Palma thriller Body Double. Her role was originally offered to real-life porn actress Annette Haven — a featured player in Take Off.

Wade Nichols, Take Off‘s leading man, also has some mainstream connections. Like fellow adult film star Andrea True, he rode the ’70s porn chic wave to one-hit wonderville with the totally gay disco single “Like an Eagle.” And — like Jeff Griggs — Nichols eventually landed a mainstream acting job on a daytime soap opera (“The Edge of Night”) credited as Dennis Parker.

Related link: Mark Consuelos’ male stripper past

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5 Responses

  1. sandollar

    I remember him from B5. 😮 He was that nasty ISN news reporter, right? Seemed so familiar to me at the time, but I couldn’t place the face. I saw one of his Catalina movies. Iron Man, or something like that.

    January 31, 2009 at 2:36 am

  2. lavender laser

    I’ve seen his stuff. He was too skinny for my taste when he was doing XXX. (That box cover glamour shot is pretty hot though.) I prefer the buffed out look that he had when he started doing those softcore erotic thrillers for Skinemax After Dark. And he was quite the hottie in Breaking Point. I remember recording it (a lifetime ago) on my VCR just for those stripper scenes. I’m pretty sure I still have the tape in storage.

    January 31, 2009 at 3:22 am

  3. Wax Factor

    That’s Allison Janney doing the voice over in that insurance commercial, right? Isn’t she alsoo a big ‘mo’?? Or does she only play one in Meryl Streep movies?

    June 30, 2009 at 2:51 am

  4. My gaydar doesn’t work on women or Englishmen. Alls I know is AJ has played gay in a gay themed movie and she was a prominent player in “Prop 8: The Musical.” Which makes her AOK in my book.

    June 30, 2009 at 2:59 am

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