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Ryan Idol
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Birthdate: August 10, 1966 (1966-08-10) (age 43)
Birth location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Birth name: Marc Anthony Donais
Height: 6 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 185

Ryan Idol (born 10 August 1966)[1] is an American actor who performed in gay pornographic movies in the 1990s. He has French, Irish, and Native-American ancestry.[1] Idol describes himself as "the creation of Marc Anthony Donais."[2]


In February 1989, Idol appeared as the "Man of the Month" centerfold in Playgirl under his birth name Marc Anthony Donais.[2] This appearance launched his modeling career and introduced him to the adult film industry, in which he achieved notoriety and success under the name Ryan Idol. While Idol was working in the gay adult industry, escort service manager David Forest alleges that he managed Idol's career as an escort, with Idol allegedly bringing in $1,500 for a four hour session.[3]

On March 20, 1998, Idol was seriously injured after falling from a window of his third-floor apartment in New York City. He considers the fall to be a "near-death experience".[4] Idol has stated that he doesn't recall jumping but that "the drugs and alcohol took over."[5][6] Idol retired from the adult industry in 1996.

In 1999, Idol starred in the play Making Porn.[7] Idol next played "Bill Tom" in the gay love story Scent of Rain, written by Mark Dunn,[2] for which he was lauded for "continu[ing] to establish himself as a capable actor".[8] Idol made his Broadway debut when he played the "Crisco Patron" in the Roundabout Theater Company's 2007 revival of Terrence McNally's The Ritz.[9]

In 2008, Idol was mentioned, under his real name, in court documents related to a lawsuit filed by HealthSouth in connection with allegations of misuse of funds donated to Birmingham, Alabama mayor Larry Langford's Computer Help for Kids charity. The papers show $30,000 being paid to Idol, with $5,000 coming from the charity and $25,000 from the Council of Cooperating Governments. Charity director John Katopodis testified in a deposition that Idol was paid to repair computers and also to set up computer giveaway programs in other areas.[10] Idol testified that, because of his 1998 fall, he was "not at [his] full faculties" and could not recall the details of his time with the organization.[11]

Regarding his sexuality, Idol stated, "I don't like to label myself....I'd just like to say I'm a loving person. I can love a man and I can love a woman."[4]


  • Idol In The Sky (1996)
  • The Road Home (1996)
  • Idol Country (1994)
  • Idol Thoughts (1993)
  • Trade Off (1992)
  • Score 10 (1991)
  • Idol Worship (1991)
  • Idol Eyes (1990)


  1. ^ a b IMDb bio at, retrieved from on September 16, 2007
  2. ^ a b c "Celebrity Buzz: Who's Who". 2000-04-01. Retrieved 2007-12-18.  
  3. ^ Enclan, Jake (2000-04-01). "Porn Again". FAB magazine. Retrieved 2007-12-17.  
  4. ^ a b Bohling, James (1999-12-10). "Idol's Thoughts: Ryan Idol on the Road Back". Frontiers: pp. 66–68.  
  5. ^ "Top Porn Star Re-creates Self in SoBe Play". The Miami Herald. 1998-08-05.  
  6. ^ Wockner, Rex (1998-08-17). "Quote/Unquote". Gay Today. Retrieved 2007-12-19.  
  7. ^ Wong, Cherry; Chan Hung (1999-04-21). "Idolatry". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2007-12-18.  
  8. ^ Spindle, Les (1999-12-24). "Scent of Rain". Frontiers: pp. 98–99.  
  9. ^ Staff (2007-08-06). "Gay Porn Star Ryan Idol & Others Check Into The Ritz on Broadway". Retrieved 2007-12-17.  
  10. ^ The Birmingham News Staff (2008-02-19). "HealthSouth lawsuit challenges Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford's first computer charity". Retrieved 2008-02-19.  
  11. ^ Masters, Billy (2008-03-06). "After Dark". Gay Chicago: p. 38.  

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