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Eric Stryker
Stryker in one of his earliest films, A Matter of Size (1983).
Birthdate: September 24, 1954[1]
Birth location: Erie, Pennsylvania[1]
Birth name: Michael Skrzypcak
Date of death: February 19, 1988 (aged 33)[1]
Hair color: Blond

Michael Skrzypcak (September 24, 1954 – February 19, 1988) best known by his stage name Eric Stryker, was an American gay pornographic performer and model.[2][3][4] He was known for his handsome blond features and his muscular physique. he also performed as Noel Kemp for Colt Studio, Mike Kelly, Mike Saunders and, Michael John Saunders.[4][5]

He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and served in the U.S. Air Force, where he rose to the rank of sergeant. After retiring, he worked for a time as a construction worker in Phoenix before moving to Los Angeles, where he began modeling for Colt Studios, he likely adopted his Stryker moniker from Jeff Stryker.[6] He appeared in over fifty porn films, chiefly for Le Salon, Huge, and Buckshot. His most popular titles included A Matter Of Size, Arcade, Asian Knights, Student Bodies, Good Hot Stuff, and Rawhide. Stryker's co-stars ran the gamut of the classic porn star roster, including J. W. King and Bill Henson.

In 1984, shortly after his lover died from AIDS, Stryker was himself diagnosed with HIV. His response was to focus his activities away from the life of a porn star and become an activist for AIDS awareness. Stryker continued his studies in architecture at Woodbury University and his regular workouts. As he put it, "I live for the day." He worked with the AIDS Couples Group and lectured around the country for the AIDS Project Los Angeles. In 1987, he appeared in the PBS documentary, It Starts With A, his last film appearance.[7] In his last public appearance, his body showing the effects of Kaposi's sarcoma, he marched in the Christopher Street West parade in Los Angeles in a tank top and shorts, becoming one of the first persons with the disease to publicly display its symptoms. On February 19, 1988, he died of AIDS at Sherman Oaks Community Hospital.[8][1] He was 33 years old. More than twenty years after his death, he remains popular with many fans, one of the icons of the classic era of gay porn.

Selected filmography

  • Rawhide (1981)[5]
  • Wrestling Meat 2 (1982)
  • Easy Entry (1983)
  • Good Hot Stuff (1983)[4]
  • A Matter Of Size (1983)[5][9]
  • Bathhouse Fantasies (1984)
  • The Best Of Buckshot Productions (1984)[4]
  • Knockout (1984)[5]
  • Student Bodies (1984)[5]
  • Asian Knights (1985)[10]
  • Firsts (1985)[5]
  • Hot Shots Volume 1: All Star Revue (1985)
  • Hot Shots Volume 6: Kink (1985)
  • Bore 'N Stroke (1985)[5]
  • Lovers & Friends (1985)[5]
  • Thinking Big (1985)[5]
  • Asian Orgy (1986)[5]
  • Hot Shots Volume 30: Hot Jocks (1989)
  • Arcade (1990)[5]
  • Alley Cats (1991)
  • Magnum Griffin 10 (1991)
  • Magnum Griffin 12 (1991)
  • Magnum Griffin 9 (1991)
  • Wrestling Meat 2 (1992)
  • Easy Entry (1995) [4]
  • An Excited State[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Manshots, September 1988, Obituary listing for Stryker
  2. ^ Obituary of Eric Stryker from Manshots, September 1988, "Manshot's magazine: 1988 - 2001, publication Model listings. Gay Erotic Archives. February 2006.
  3. ^ Men of Advocate Men; model listing for Jan/Feb 1986 and Apr/May 1986; Gay Erotic Archives.
  4. ^ a b c d e Noel Kemp/Colt Studio, model profile as Noel Kemp at Gay Erotic Archives.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Eric Stryker, model profile as Eric Stryker at Gay Erotic Archives.
  6. ^ Jascha Hoffman, "What's in A Name?", Boston Globe, January 9, 2005.
  7. '^ It Starts With 'A. [documentary for television also released on videotape]. United States: PBS. 1987. 
  8. ^ Graham Thompson, American culture in the 1980s, pp. 96-7, Edinburgh University Press, 2007, ISBN 0748619100, 9780748619108.
  9. ^ Earl Jackson, Strategies of deviance: studies in gay male representation: Theories of representation and difference; pp. 162, Indiana University Press, 1995, ISBN 0253331153, 9780253331151.
  10. ^ Jean Yu-wen Shen Wu, Min Song, Asian American studies: a reader; pp. 345, Rutgers University Press, 2000, ISBN 0813527260, 9780813527260.







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