Like an adult industry version of his namesake James Dean, porn stud James Deen has become a pop idol. His mainstream appeal reaches farther than that of many of his fellow male performers.
At age 18, James got his start in the adult industry by doing web scenes with MILFs. He did his first feature with alt-porn auteur Eon McKai. Soon major studios took notice and he began working with some of the biggest, including Zero Tolerance, New Sensations, and Hustler. Along the way, James also appeared in many alt-porn titles.
The popularity of porn parodies has been a boon to James, who has used his sexual and comic talents in such roles as Bobby Ewing in Adam & Eve's Dallas XXX A Parody, Robin in Vivid Entertainment's smash hit Batman XXX A Porn Parody, and Egon Spengler in Hustler's This Ain't Ghostbusters XXX. James has also been cast in dramatic roles, including Last Tango from Sweet Sinema and The Stepmother 4 from Sweet Sinner. He's a reliable stud in any gonzo or fetish flick, giving starlets the rough treatment they love in movies like Manhandled 4 from Belladonna Entertainment/Evil Angel. Porn star Lexi Belle chose James as her partner for her first anal sex scene in Elegant Angel's Lexi and the result is jaw-dropping in its heat and sensuality.
At the 2008 XRCO Awards, James was the Unsung Swordsman and shared Best On-Screen Chemistry with Joanna Angel. In 2009, he became the youngest to win AVN and XBIZ awards for Male Performer of the Year. James was once again the Male Performer of the Year for both XBIZ and AVN in 2013. He also tied with superstar Sunny Leone for AVN Crossover Star of the Year in 2013 and took home the same award on his own in 2014. Since 2004, he has performed in more than 1,800 films.
Mainstream attention for James has steadily grown, too. In August 2013, James made his mainstream movie debut in The Canyons, directed by Paul Schrader (American Gigolo, Auto Focus) and written by Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho, Less Than Zero). During and after filming, James never stopped filming porn and XXX remains his first love.