'Deep Throat' co-star Harry Reems dies at 65

Harry Reems co-star of the film "Deep Thorat" is shown in this 1976 booking photo. "Deep Throat" was the object of repeated legal assaults by anti-smut forces that tried to squeeze the movie out of theaters. The most notable case was aimed at lead-actor Reems, who was convicted of obscenity charges in 1976 and faced a potential five-year prison term. Celebrities such as Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty came to Reems' defense, and the conviction was later overturned. Over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, examines the legacy of the 1972 flick, a forerunner of today's hardcore adult-entertainment industry and a touchstone for obscenity laws. (AP Photo/ho)

March 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Former porn star Harry Reems, who co-starred in the 1972 movie "Deep Throat," has died at age 65.

Reems, who was born Herbert Streicher, died Tuesday afternoon at the veterans' hospital in Salt Lake City. Reems' wife confirmed his death Wednesday.

The cause of death hasn't been determined, but Reems was suffering from multiple medical issues, including pancreatic cancer.

Reems played the male lead in "Deep Throat," a pop culture phenomenon that brought pornography to mainstream audiences.

Reems left the porn industry and moved to Park City, Utah, in the 1980s, where he underwent an alcohol treatment program and worked as a real estate agent.