Fred Charles Halsted|
(July 17, 1941 - May 9, 1989) U.S.A.
Erotic filmmaker, actor
Porn star and film director in the time before video and computers, Fred was born in Long Beach, California. He came out when he was eighteen.
Fred was a smart, sweet guy who was truly the walking wounded. He gave away his power to all the wrong people. He had become a hopless alcoholic.
He was one of a small cadre of innovators in the early days of the hardcore gay feature. For a while, before fame started to bring him down, Fred was Vincent Price's gardener (and partner?).
He was the lover of Joey Yale, whom he met in 1969,and that was the best time of his life.
Fred committed suicide, overdosing on sleeping pills after the death of his lover, Joey. From his suicide note,
"I had a good life... I've had looks, a body, money, success and artistic triumphs. I've had the love of my life. I see no reason to go on."
He died at Dana Point, California.