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Robert Kerman
Born (1947-12-16) December 16, 1947 (age 68)
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Actor

Robert Charles Kerman (born December 16, 1947),[1] also known as R. Bolla, is an American actor. He grew up in a middle-class Italian neighborhood of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.[2] As R. Bolla, he appeared in well over 100 pornographic films, most famously Debbie Does Dallas (1978).[2] He is one of the few adult performers to have an appreciable mainstream acting career.

Adult film career[edit]

Kerman's on-screen sex appearances began with director Roberta Findlay's Anyone But My Husband.[2] He became one of the most prolific male stars of the Golden Age of Porn. Unlike many of his adult-industry peers, Kerman bitterly regrets his participation in the adult film industry, especially being in the film Debbie Does Dallas, which he feels ruined any prospect of him attaining mainstream acting success. He stated: "In retrospect I'm really sorry that I did it, because I probably ruined the best years of my life as an actor."[3] He was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 1998.[citation needed]

Dual career[edit]

Although starting his paid career in adult films, Kerman was a trained actor who won minor parts in such mainstream productions such as The Goodbye Girl (1977) and The Concorde ... Airport '79. In the 1980s, he starred in several Italian horror films, including Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust, and Umberto Lenzi's cannibal films Mangiati Vivi and Cannibal Ferox. Still, he remained active in pornography throughout the first half of the decade, with roles including Lawyer Quim in Liquid A$$ets (1982), and Fritz von Holenwohl in the Henri Pachard directed Public Affairs (1984). In 1985, attempting to work solely in mainstream productions, he obtained a Hollywood agent and went on to play supporting roles in television series such as Hill Street Blues and Simon & Simon, In 1987 he appeared in the film No Way Out. He continued to appear in pornographic cinema and was dropped by his agent. Unable to find work and feeling betrayed, slid into years of depression and substance abuse.[2][3]

Cannibal Holocaust[edit]

In the DVD commentary for Cannibal Holocaust (in interview with Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski), Kerman described film director Ruggero Deodato as "remorseless" and "uncaring". Incensed by the realization during filming that an animal's death was not being faked, Kerman physically tackled the director and stormed off the set. He was not present when other animals, including a coatimundi, were killed.[4] Kerman was also a guest for the film's 25th-anniversary screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Yonkers, New York, on February 28, 2015.[5]

Later career[edit]

In the 2000s, Kerman played a sea captain in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, and Dr. Monroe in the drama short Vic, directed by Sage Stallone. He makes personal appearances at horror conventions to speak about his experiences on Cannibal Holocaust.[citation needed]

Filmography (selection)[edit]



  1. ^ R. Bolla at the Internet Adult Film Database
  2. ^ a b c d "R. Bolla: Adult Film's Method Actor" Podcast 12" (Podcast). TheRialtoReport.com. June 2, 2013. Archived from the original on January 16, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Interview, Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered (2005 Channel 4 documentary). timestamp???
  4. ^ “Cannibal Holocaust” with Robert Kerman
  5. ^ Event Report: “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” in 35mm at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers with Robert Kerman Q&A
  6. ^ a b "Rame awards list". Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  7. ^ "AVN Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on March 31, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  8. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20090415212412/http://www.avnawards.com/halloffame.php
  9. ^ "XRCO Announces 2008 Award Winners". Archived from the original on 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 

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