Porn History 101: Ryan Idol Once Made $50K Per Movie; Now He’ll Be Making License Plates

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Like Prometheus chained to a rock, Ryan Idol now has a lot of time to think about his former glory. Idol, aka Marc Anthony Donais, this week was sentenced to 12 years in state prison for the attempted murder of his girlfriend with a toilet seat.

A one-time gay porn star Donais, 46, established a reputation in the 1990s as one of the top stars in his genre under the name of Ryan Idol.

The woman, who has not been identified, said she had been in an on-off relationship with Idol since the 1990s. They initially split after she discovered Idol’s career as a gay porn star but rekindled a serious relationship in 2008 after looking him up in New York where he was working in Broadway.

The pair moved in to a condominium that was bought by one of Idol male lovers. But the man later moved in with them and she caught Idol having sex. The woman said that a couple of days after the incident she had been in the bath at a different home when Idol visited. Telephone records show that Idol had called his former partner 17 times before appearing at her home.

According to the victim’s testimony at trial, Donais entered the woman’s apartment the night of Sept. 5, 2009, and told her, “I came over here to kill you.” The two had been involved in a relationship, but the woman — whose name has never been divulged — said she cut it off when she caught him having sex with his male lover.

The woman said Donais stormed into her bathroom while she was taking a bath of her 48th Street residence and began to beat her with the porcelain lid until “I felt blood gushing down my shoulders.”

Donais’ sentencing had been delayed since his September 2011 conviction so his attorneys could prepare a motion for new trial that Nunley ultimately denied.

In the matter of art imitating life, Idol, who attempted suicide by throwing himself out of fourth floor window, once appeared in a play called Making Porn.

It had brief runs in Chicago, Los Angeles and at the Colony Theatre in Ft. Lauderdale. The play was about a straight out-of-work actor who becomes a gay-for-pay porn star largely because his girlfriend pushed him into it. Talk about type casting.

Idol began his gay career after stints in the Navy and as a construction worker. He began stripping for women in clubs and this led to a Playgirl magazine spread and an offer to do explicit sex films.

“I looked at it as a career move,” Idol told the Miami Herald.

“At first it was a little awkward. I got over that very soon, because I’m a natural. I’m very natural in front of a camera, whether still or motion picture. I was born to be in show business.”

His porn name was employed ad nauseam. He starred in such films as Idol Eyes, Idol Thoughts, Idol Country, Idol in the Sky and Idol Gods. The attempted toilet seat murder only proved that Idol Hands are the Devil’s Workshop.

At the height of his porn career, Idol was making $50,000 per movie, not including the live performances he did in gay niteclubs and his work as a personal trainer.

When the going got slow, Idol admits he turned to gay hustling.

Brought up in foster homes, Idol never knew his father and had little contact with his mother. He became an angry young man.

“My disposition was nasty. I acted out with drugs and alcohol,” Idol told the Miami Herald.

Idol made other attempts to legitimize his acting creds but the Making Porn show was considered his Titanic.

During a Chicago run of the show, Idol, during an intermission, allegedly punched out the playwright, Ronnie Lawsen. Idol was led away from the theater — in handcuffs — by police.

Even though Lawsen swore up and down that he’d never use Idol again, he changed his mind much to his regret. Lawsen always considered Idol a major risk and the cigar chomping porn star didn’t fail him.

It was during the Ft. Lauderdale run that Idol in a breach of contract stormed out of a full house in a huff, telling a sold-out audience of 465 there would be no performance. The producers were forced to refund the tickets and call the Miami Beach Police to throw him off the premises.

Early in the run, Idol promised he was off drugs and booze for good. Gradually, though, a change came over him. Idol cursed out a fellow cast member. Then he showed up 45 minutes late just before curtain call. His eyes were dilated, and he was extremely agitated.

When told he was in breach of contract, Idol told the producer, “Sue me…Fuck you…I’m not going on.”

It was then that Idol went center stage in front of the audience and said: “Ladies and gentlemen, the show has been canceled.” He walked out through the front door and left.

When the producer called police, Idol eventually agreed to leave the theater premises and to check out of the South Beach resort where the cast and crew stayed.

But it was after that Chicago fiasco that Idol’s life went into a violent tailspin where drugs and alcohol replaced the vitamin supplements. That’s when Idol attempted suicide.

Idol was drinking gin. Next thing he knew he was jumping out a window.

“It was a little out of character,” he said after the fact.

Luckily, Idol bounced off an awning before hitting the pavement four stories below. He fractured his pelvis and at first no one thought he would live. But within days, he began to recover.

Having no health insurance, Idol, did what a lot of porn stars do, be began asking fans to send him money to pay his medical bills. He set up a Web page, www.ryanidol.net, in which he sold autographed pictures of himself.

From that incident Idol became known as “the gay spokesperson about getting health insurance in the adult film industry.”

For Idol who always declined to categorize his sexuality, this was a mighty leap to refer to himself as a gay-anything, although Idol always had relationships with men and women.

One thing he was always aware of was the fact that it wouldn’t last.

“I’m sure my time will pass,” he once said.

“I don’t want to do this the rest of my life.”

Idol, who loves to cook, always voiced the hope he would someday own a vineyard and a restaurant.

Looks like he’ll have to wait another 12 years.

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