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Michael Lucas Biography
Michael Lucas is not only known for his performances, he's also a director and the founder/CEO of Lucas Entertainment, New York's largest gay-adult-film company. Lucas has been described as "Gay Porn's Neocon Kingpin", the "Lion of Chelsea," and the "last of the New York porn moguls." He is also known for his outspoken views on Judaism and Islam and his criticism of use and unprotected sex in the gay community. In 1995, Lucas moved to Germany and lived in France for two years before moving to the United States. Lucas became an American Citizen on November 12, 2004.
Lucas attended college in Moscow, graduating with a degree in law. Lucas worked as a nude model and male escort, and began his adult film career by appearing in a German heterosexual pornographic film. While in France, he worked under the influential French director Jean-Daniel Cadinot, appearing as "Ramzes Kairoff" in two gay pornographic films, both released in 1996. Using the name "Michel Lucas," he worked as a Falcon Exclusive, performing as a top in five films released in 1997 and 1998. He directed his first project Back in the Saddle in 1998, and also performed in the film.
Lucas founded Lucas Entertainment in 1998 with money he earned from working as a male escort. He based the company in New York City, in part, to take advantage of the lack of competition. In 2004, Lucas Distribution, Inc., his adult video distribution company, began operations. Lucas directs, produces and stars in his own films under the Lucas Entertainment banner. His studio has garnered many GayVN Awards and Adult Erotic Gay Video Awards ("Grabbys") nominations and wins.
In the summer of 2005 Lucas released Michael Lucas' Dangerous Liaisons; the film featured celebrity cameos from RuPaul, Boy George, Graham Norton, Bruce Vilanch, Lady Bunny, Amanda Lepore, and Michael Musto. In 2006, the studio released Michael Lucas' La Dolce Vita Parts 1 & 2, a gay pornographic remake of the 1960 Fellini classic La Dolce Vita. The film won a record fourteen awards at the 2007 GayVN Awards, winning in every category in which it was nominated.
In 2004 Lucas appeared in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' book XXX: 30 Porn Star Photographs and the accompanying HBO documentary Thinking XXX. Greenfield-Sanders asked Lucas for a list of his 10 favorite films; the 10 films he listed are all films from his own production company.
Michael Lucas won the 2012 Grabby Erotic Video Award for Best Director with the movie Assassin.