According to In Touch Magazine #125 [April 1987, pp. 97-98], "J. W. King, one of the most popular and best-liked stars of gay male films, died of AIDS complications in Hollywood on December 5, 1986." J.W., whose real name was James Waldrop, was born in Texas and moved to Los Angeles in 1979. He also appeared in films as Jim King and was the "Man of the Month" centerfold for Playgirl magazine's January 1981 issue under his real name, Jim Waldrop.
His obituary in Update magazine noted that "He retired from the screen over a year ago and, with his lover (John Murphy, who also died of AIDS in November, 1986), lived in the Hollywood Hills. He had been employed as a waiter at the Sheraton-Premiere Hotel in Universal City for the last 30 months."
R.J. Reynolds, a bisexual pornographic film actor who appeared primarily in straight features, was J. W. King's real life lover at the time of his film appearances with King.
J. W. King is memorialized with an AIDS quilt under the name of Jim Waldrop.
In Touch, No.125. April 1987. pp. 97-98.