Gabor Sarkøzy,[1] known professionally as Sasha Gabor, (6 June 1945 – 27 June 2008[2]) was a Hungarian-Norwegian actor and director. As a young man, he moved to Norway as a Hungarian refugee, eventually moving to the United States to pursue a career as a pilot, which eventually led to a career in film. While he acted in mainstream films, he was a look-alike for Burt Reynolds and Sean Connery, which popularized him in adult films, including parodies. He started making porn at age 38 and retired in his sixties, with over 500 films[5] in his canon. Described as a provocateur by Morgenbladet, and Norway's most famous porn actor, Gabor spoke eight languages, was one of Ron Jeremy's bestfriends, was married three times, played accordion, was an alcoholic, and a womanizer until his death.[3][4]

Sasha Gabor
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Sasha Gabor in the 1970s when he was in the United States Army
Born
Gabor Sarkøzy[1]

(1945-06-06)6 June 1945[2]
Died27 June 2008(2008-06-27) (aged 63)[3]
NationalityHungarian[2]
Other namesAlexander "Sasha" Gabor, Sasha, Sacha Gabor, Sascha, Kirk Reynolds, J. Bandit, James Bandit, Miles Melo[2]
CitizenshipNorway[3]
OccupationActor
Years active1984–2001[3]
StylePornography
Film director
Home townLillestrøm, Norway[3]
Children5[4]

Early lifeEdit

Gabor Sarkøzy[1] was born in 1945 in Hungary. He moved to Lillestrøm, Norway in 1957 as a refugee in the wake of the Hungarian Revolution.[3] He left school and he played accordion, trumpet, and double bass for Cirkus Arnardo.[6] He eventually moved to the United States, where he joined the United States Army and went to school to become an airplane pilot.[6]

CareerEdit

Prior to acting, Gabor worked as a commercial airline pilot. Gabor eventually lost his commercial pilot license due to alcohol-related arrests.[7]

In the early 1980s, Gabor was acting in small parts in mainstream films in Los Angeles. He was a Burt Reynolds lookalike, which he capitalized on, including working as a stand in for Reynolds in films. In 1982, Gabor met Ron Jeremy while filming the Jerry Lewis comedy Cracking Up.[7] Gabor and Jeremy saw each other again at an Adult Film Association of America gala in 1983. Attendees usually dressed in costumes and Gabor did his Burt Reynolds shtick including arriving in a black sports car complete with a vanity license plate reading "Bandit".[7] Gabor told Jeremy he was interested in the porn industry and Jeremy introduced Gabor to his adult film industry contacts. He was 38 when he made his first adult film.[3]

Gabor acted regularly in films by Bobby Bouchard. He performed in Burt Reynolds parody porn films, using the stage name Turd Wrenolds. He co-starred in the Smokey and the Bandit parody All-American Girls in Heat.[7][8] Gabor also had plastic surgery to appear more like Reynolds.[7]

Gabor was also a regular in Jeremy's films in the late 1980s, when Jeremy was a director for Leisure Time Entertainment. They filmed many films together, including 20 to 30 films on houseboats at Lake Mead with Samantha Strong and Tracey Adams, the result of having to film out of state due to obscenity laws in Los Angeles.[3] Gabor's alcohol abuse often impacted his ability to get an erection, and Jeremy would often stand in for Gabor. Jeremy estimated that one-third of Gabor's films showed Jeremy's circumcised penis in lieu of Gabors uncircumcised penis. Jeremy would serve as one of Gabor's bestfriends throughout Gabor's life.[7]

He traveled frequently to Thailand, where he'd vacation and also get plastic surgery, which he documented in photographs. Gabor stopped dying his hair black and let it go gray and got plastic surgery to look more like Sean Connery. Back in the United States, he worked as a Connery lookalike outside of porn, attending special events. Gabor lived in Marina del Rey, California followed by Tampa, Florida.[7]

He retired from acting in 2001 and moved back to Norway after too many alcohol-related arrests and to escape from paying child support.[3][7] In Norway, Gabor planned to direct the first Norwegian professional porn film.[5] In 2007, Gabor said he was going to direct a Sámi-themed adult film in Kautokeino, Norway. The film was never made.[9][10]

Views on the film industryEdit

Gabor believed pornographic films were beneficial for men and women to watch, suggesting one can learn that "there is no one way to make girls climax" and that one can "learn many things from porn movies."[5]

Later life and legacyEdit

Gabor was an alcoholic, which Ron Jeremy called "the bane of [Gabor's] existence."[7] Gabor had been arrested for driving under the influence multiple times, having his license suspended indefinately.[1][11]

After retiring in 2001, Gabor moved back to Norway.[3] Norwegian journalist Alex Rosén featured Gabor in his documentary series People on the Move for NRK1. The film was supposed to be aired in February 2001, but was delayed until March due to the controversial nature of the program. The film featured Gabor participating in a gang bang.[12] Gabor died of cardiac arrest on 27 June 2008 on vacation in Bangkok, Thailand.[5][13][14] Gabor was married three times and had five children.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Norsk pornostjerne død". VG (in Norwegian Bokmål). Archived from the original on 10 July 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Sasha Gabor". iafd.com. Retrieved 2015-09-08.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Hunter, Tod (10 July 2008). "Sasha Gabor Dies in Thailand". XBIZ. Archived from the original on 18 January 2020. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Pornokongen" (in Norwegian Bokmål). Morgenbladet. 25 July 2008. Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d Haga, Sverre Gunnar (15 March 2001). "Sasha vil lage norsk porno". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 18 January 2020. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  6. ^ a b c "Pornostjerne fra Lillestrøm funnet død" (in Norwegian). Romerikes Blad. 10 July 2008. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i Warren, Peter. "Ron Jeremy Remembers Sasha Gabor AVN". AVN. Archived from the original on 10 July 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  8. ^ Stenerud, David (10 August 2007). "Pornoen stjeler stjernene". Se og Hør (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  9. ^ Mo Hanssen, Anders (4 January 2007). "Pornostjerne vil lage sameporno i Finnmark". www.nordlys.no (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  10. ^ Lundh, Francis. "Sasha Gabor klar for same-porno". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian Bokmål). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Sasha Gabor Found Dead in Thailand". Mike South. 10 July 2008. Archived from the original on 10 July 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  12. ^ "NRK viser porno-dokumentar". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian Bokmål). 9 March 2001. Archived from the original on 18 January 2020. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  13. ^ Golf, Silje Julie (9 October 2017). "Døde på ferie i Thailand" (in Norwegian). Klikk. Archived from the original on 9 October 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  14. ^ Johnsen, Vibeke (10 July 2008). "Sasha Gabor er død" (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. Archived from the original on 10 July 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2020.

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