(October 28, 1946 - January 28, 1985) USA
AV actor, singer
Nichols was born in Manhattan, New York. His name was Dennis Posa, aka Dennis Parker, better known by his performance name of Wade Nichols. He was raised in Freeport, New York. He attended the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, studying Pottery and Design. While attending, he won a role in a touring company production of "The Trojan Women." He later attended New York University and the Herbert Berghof Studio, where he studied Acting.
Nichols' first feature film role was probably in the gay adult film Boynapped! (1975). He subsequently appeared mostly in straight porn films shot in New York. Dennis Posa was credited as Wade Nichols in most of the adult films in which he appeared.
In 1979, using the name Dennis Parker, he recorded a disco album on Casablanca Records entitled Like an Eagle . The album was produced by Village People creator/producer Jacques Morali who was Nichols' boyfriend at the time.
He also toured Europe to promote the album. He later appeared in the French film Monique that same year, with Like an Eagle being used as it's theme song. The title track was released as a single and appears on the box set The Casablanca Records Story (1994).
Posa (still as Dennis Parker) joined the cast of the soap opera The Edge of Night in 1979, as Police Chief Derek Mallory.
Seriously ill by October 1984, Posa was unable to continue working on The Edge of Night , and his character was written out of the show. The show was cancelled months later.
Dennis died in New York City. In a tribute to Parker in a 1985 issue of Soap Opera Digest , fellow Edge of Night actor Ernie Townsend wrote, "He died in early January after a long and painful illness that took away a talent in its prime." An obituary released in Virginia stated that he died after a "brief illness, survived by his mother, brother, and his partner."
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