Harry Reems Biography

Harry Reems BiographyHarry Reems: AKA (Bob Walters,Bruce Gilchrist,Harî Rîmusu,Harry Reams,Harry Reemes,Harry Rheems,Herb Streecher,Herb Streicher,Herb Stryker,Jim Greos,Ned Reems,Peter Long,Peter Straight,Richard Hurt,Stan Freemont,Tim Long )
Birthday: August 27, 1947
Astrology: Virgin
Birthplace: New York ,
Years Active: 1970- 2010
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Nationality/Heritage: American
Hair Color: Black
Measurements: n/a
Height: 183
Weight: n/a
Tattoo: n/a
Piercing: n/a
Frequent partners: Eric Edwards, Hershel Savage, Jamie Gillis, Peter North, Tom Byron

Harry Reems Biography
Herbert Streicher (better known by his stage name Harry Reems) (August 27, 1947 – March 19, 2013) was an American pornographic actor who was best known as the star of the 1972 cult classic Deep Throat. Throughout the 1970s he was one of the most prolific performers in the adult industry. He retired from the industry in 1989.

Early life and career

Harry Reems BiographyReems was born Herbert Streicher. He attended the University of Pittsburgh for a year before briefly serving in the United States Marine Corps, from which he received an honorable discharge following hardship leave. He then elected to pursue an acting career, principally in off-Broadway theater.

Prior to appearing in Deep Throat, Herb Streicher was chosen by filmmaker Eduardo Cemano to do a hardcore scene in a film called The Deviates, which had been released previously as a softcore film. It was a body-painting sex scene that Herb later described as his most painful sex experience because the Tempera paint used began to dry and crack. Cemano then starred him in his first 16mm feature film, called The Weirdos and the Oddballs, which was later upgraded to 35mm and released as Zora Knows Best. It was for this film that he changed his name to Peter Long.

Looking for ways to support himself, Streicher appeared in dozens of short silent stag films, often referred to as "loops," during the early 1970s. He eventually went on to appear in approximately 140 feature-length sexploitation and hardcore films between 1971 and 1989, with Deep Throat (1972) and The Devil in Miss Jones (1973) being the best known, as well as grindhouse roughies like Forced Entry (1973) and Sex Wish (1976); in the former he plays a sadistic Vietnam veteran hellbent on rape and murder, while in the latter he plays a husband turned vigilante seeking revenge over the rape and murder of his wife. In 1975 he published a memoir, Here Comes Harry Reems, in which he details the early years of his adult film career.

For the production of Deep Throat in Miami, Florida, in January 1972, Streicher was hired to be part of the lighting crew, but the director was unable to cast one of the roles and asked him to play the part. He was paid $250 for one day of acting work. Streicher was unaware that the director had given him the name "Harry Reems" until he saw the movie.

Reems’s appearance in Deep Throat led to his arrest by FBI agents in New York City in July 1974 and his indictment in Memphis, Tennessee, in June 1975 on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute obscenity across state lines. Reems called it forum shopping. He was convicted in April 1976 with 11 other individuals and four corporations. His conviction was overturned on appeal in April 1977 because his activities in making the film occurred before a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on obscenity in 1973 (Miller v. California), and Reems was granted a new trial. The charges against Reems were dropped in August. Reems’s defense claimed that he was the first American actor to be prosecuted by the federal government merely for appearing in a film, and he received considerable support from established Hollywood and New York celebrities during his trial. His successful appeal was handled by attorney Alan Dershowitz.

Reems was cast in the 1978 musical film Grease as Coach Calhoun (he had done legitimate theater before turning to pornography), but out of fear that his notoriety would jeopardize the film’s box office in the Southern United States, he was later replaced by Sid Caesar.
Later years

After years of drug abuse, Reems began his recovery in 1989. He married and converted from Judaism to Christianity. "Being the low-bottom drunk that I was, I started going around to churches," said Reems. "I called myself a church gypsy." Reems credited his conversion to Reverend Mark Heiss, a former pastor with Park City Community Church in Park City, Utah. Heiss was abruptly replaced at the church by someone else, for reasons Reems says were never explained; Reems left the congregation because he believed church attendance was "about putting money in the coffers." Outside organized religion, he continued to meditate, pray, and offer gratitude to God. "If I didn’t put God in my life, I’d be dead now," he said. "I am not religious. I’m spiritual, 100 percent."  He continued to identify himself as "Harry Reems," even using the name while he worked as a real estate agent.

He was interviewed in the 2005 documentary Inside Deep Throat. Reems’ entrance into the adult entertainment industry, his experience filming Deep Throat and its subsequent infamy and obscenity trials, are the subject of the 2010 play "The Deep Throat Sex Scandal." He died while a Los Angeles run of the play was underway, and his death was noted by the production.

Reems died on March 19, 2013, at the veterans hospital in Salt Lake City from pancreatic cancer. He was 65. Reems is survived by his wife, Jeanne, his sister Janet, and a brother. He had no children.

Reems and his legal battle are featured in episode 105 of the series Swingtown.


Harry Reems was one of the very first porn stars, a mustachioed lothario whose romance-tinged trysting got him plenty of work in the 70’s hardcore scene. He’s a well-built stud in the swinging 70’s mold, with one of the hairiest chests seen in porno before or since. But it was his passionate sexual performances that made him a star. Born in 1947 in the Bronx, New York as Herbert Streicher, Harry was struggling to make a name for himself as an actor in the early 70’s when porn started to take off. He eased his way into the fledgling industry along with several other New York actors, including close friend Georgina Spelvin. Harry’s stage background helped him in the 70’s porn era, when story and atmosphere was often as important as pure sexual sizzle. Harry made his hardcore debut in 1972 and immediately became one of the business’ first stars.Harry choose his roles wisely and exploded on the scene in ’72, starring in two of the all-time porno classics, ‘Deep Throat’ and ‘The Devil In Miss Jones 1.’ His notoriety followed him through over 100 steamy features between ’72 and his departure from the scene in 1987. Harry was in top form right up until the end of his career.’ He tried to break into mainstream Hollywood flicks, but met with limited success. Harry dropped completely out of the hardcore scene in 1987, and was last spotted selling real estate out of his Utah office. He’s a charter member of both the AVN and XRCO Performers Halls of Fame.

Movie Title Studio Notes Year
Adult 45 1     1985
All For His Ladies CDI   1987
Amateurs     1986
Angel’s Revenge     1985
Annie Sprinkle Triple Feature      
Ape Over Love     1975
Asses To Asses Lust To Lust KBeech   1988
Bacchanale     1970
Backdoor Brides 1     1986
Beat Goes On     1987
Best Of Diamond Collection 5     1986
Beverly Hills Exposed Essex Video   1985
Blue Note Cafe     1986
Blue Vanities 248     1995
Blue Vanities 93     1993
Breaked     1971
Breastography LBO Entertainment   1987
Busty Ladies In The 80S # 2      
Carol Connors Collection Alpha Blue Archives   1977
Case of the Full Moon Slaughters      
Cavalcade of Stars LBO Entertainment   1986
Celebrity Sluts     1990
China and Silk Miracle Films   1984
Christy     1975
Colleen Brennan Triple Feature      
College Girls     1976
Collegiates     1973
Confessions of Linda Lovelace     1973
Cult 70’s Porno Director # 5: Carter Stevens      
Cumshot Revue 2 Excalibur Films   1985
Cumshot Revue 4     1988
Cumshot Revue 5     1989
Curious Women After Hours Cinema   1971
Daddy Knows Best – Triple Feature Alpha Blue Archives   1971
Dark Dreams Something Weird Video   1971
Deep Chill     1985
Deep Inside Traci     1986
Deep Throat P.D. Inc.   1972
Deep Throat 2 Arrow   1987
Deep Throat 2     1974
Diamond Collection 75     1986
Dream Lover     1985
Eighth Erotic Film Festifal     1984
Endzone KBeech   1987
Erotic City Metro   1985
Erotic Dr. Jekyll Alpha Blue Archives   1976
Erotic Fantasies 2     1983
Erotic Starlets 1: Stacey Donovan     1986
Erotica Jones     1985
Evil Angel LBO Entertainment   1986
Experiments In Ecstasy     1975
Fantasies Unlimited CDI Home Video   1985
Fantasy Land     1986
Fast Ball     1975
Filthiest Show in Town     1972
First Annual XRCO Adult Film Awards     1985
Flasher Caballero Classics   1986
For Your Thighs Only Western Visuals   1985
French Lessons     1985
French Schoolgirls     1973
Ginger Lynn Non-Stop Vidco Entertainment   1988
Ginger Lynn The Movie Paradise Visuals   1988
Ginger Then and Now Vivid Entertainment   1990
Ginger’s Greatest Boy/girl Hits     1987
Girl in a Penthouse     1974
Girls of Paradise Paradise Visuals   1986
Girls of the A Team Western Visuals   1985
Girls of the Night     1984
Harry Reems: 4 Pack      
Have Body Will Travel     1987
Having It All     1985
Having It All! Intropics   1986
Heisse Blutige     1985
High Rise     1972
His Loving Daughter Gourmet   1971
Holiday for Angels Intropics   1987
Honey Buns 1     1987
Honky Tonk Angels Intropics   1988
Hot Gored     1985
Hot Shorts Presents Christy Canyon LBO Entertainment   1986
Hot Shorts: Christy Canyon     1986
I Love L.A. (new)     1993
I Love L.A. 1     1987
Indecent Itch LBO Entertainment   1986
Intensive Care     1974
It Happened In Hollywood Odyssey   1972
Justine and Juliette Filminvest AB   1975
Keyhole Productions 108: Spectacular Orgasms     1986
L’Amour     1984
Late After Dark     1985
Loose Ends 4-Play Video   1985
Losing Control     1985
Love Shrink     1971
Love Syndrome     1980
Love Witch     1973
Lovelace Meets Miss Jones     1973
Lucky In Love     1986
Lust in Space Paradise Visuals   1985
Made Entry     1974
Marilyn Chambers’ Private Fantasies 4 I-candy Entertainment   1985
Marilyn Chambers’ Private Fantasies 6 I-candy Entertainment   1986
Marilyn Chambers’ Private Fantasies 6 (new)     1987
Meatball Arrow   1972
Memories Within Miss Aggie Inish Kae   1974
Midnight Blue 2     1980
Mindy Rae Collection      
Mondo Porno     1971
More     1974
Naughty Nurses Leisure Time Entertainment   1986
New Comers     1973
Obsession     1985
Older Men With Young Girls Coast To Coast   1985
One Night at a Time     1984
Only The Best # 3     1990
Only the Best 3     1990
Only the Best of Men’s and Women’s Fantasies     1988
Oriental Jade VCA   1987
Over Sexposure     1976
Passage To Ecstasy CDI   1985
Pleasure Cruise     1973
Prurient Interest     1974
Pulsating Flesh     1986
Real Boogie Nights 2 Historic Erotica    
Revolving Teens     1974
Rub Down     1985
Scandals: Tracey Adams     1986
Selling It     1971
Sensuous Vixens     1971
Sex USA     1970
Sherlick Holmes     1975
Society Affairs Caballero Classics   1982
Some Kind Of Woman Caballero Classics   1985
Sometime Sweet Susan Caballero Classics   1974
SOS Odyssey Group   1975
Spectacular Orgasms     1986
Spickey’s Magic Wand     1973
Star Cuts 110: Susan Hart     1988
Stars Who Do Deep Throat     1990
Summer Of Laura     1975
Superstars And Superstuds     1986
Superstars of Porn 1     1985
Swedish Erotica 16 Caballero Classics   1981
Swedish Erotica Hard 2000     1993
Swedish Minx     1975
Sweet Cheeks     1986
Talk Dirty to Me One More Time 1     1985
Ten Little Maidens Excalibur Films   1985
The Altar of Lust Abraxas Productions   1971
The Beat Goes On LBO Entertainment   1987
The Big Gulp 2 Classic X Collection   1987
The Pleasure Cruise Something Weird Video   1973
This Film is All About ‘…’     1970
This Stud’s For You     1986
Time To Love     1973
Tina Russell Classics LBO Entertainment   1982
Titillation     1985
Too Good to Be True Masterpiece Video   1984
Touch Of Genie After Hours Cinema   1974
Tracy Who     1987
Unleashed Lust VCA   1989
Voyeur’s Delight Gourmet   1986
Weirdos And The Oddballs     1972
Wet Rainbow     1973
Wet Shots     1981
Wet Wild and Wicked     1984
Whore Of The Worlds Paradise Visuals   1985
Wild Women 3: Angel     1987
With Love From Susan     1986
WPINK TV Paradise Visuals   1984
WPINK TV (new)     1989
XXX Bra Busters In The 80’s # 3 Metropolitan Productions