Jack Radcliffe in a pool during the Bear Bust '99 event.
July 5, 1960
|Occupation||Pornographic film actor|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
Jack Radcliffe (born Frank Martini; July 5, 1960) is an American pornographic film actor. Radcliffe is considered a pornographic icon, and in particular, an icon of gay bear subculture and its physical aesthetics.
Radcliffe was born in Staten Island, New York in 1960. He grew up with his two parents, and two siblings, a sister and a younger brother. Radcliffe attended school in Staten Island until leaving to attend college at Buffalo State University in Buffalo, New York, earning two Bachelor's degrees in mathematics and physics. He came out in 1983 and later moved to Denver, Colorado that summer.
Radcliffe was "discovered" in 1989 by photographer Chris Nelson. Nelson featured Radcliffe (as "Jack Radcliff") in his influential coffee table book The Bear Cult, which helped establish the iconic imagery associated with the nascent gay "bear" subculture that "idealize[d] larger, hirsute, and bearded men in reaction to general gay male culture’s emphasis on youthful, slender bodies." He debuted in issue #9 of Nelson and Nelson's partner Richard Bulger's foundational publication Bear Magazine and continued to appear in the publication as a model for the magazine's company, Brush Creek Media, after moving to San Francisco in 1989. Nelson worked as the magazine's photographer, while Bulger served as the magazine's publisher.
During the same photoshoot, Radcliffe also shot his first solo pornographic video. Radcliffe chose his professional pseudonym "out of thin air", preferring a name that sounded normal and masculine, rather than one with overt connotations with pornographic work. Radcliffe also began working as a bartender at the Lone Star Saloon, a gay bar also credited with contributing to the beginnings of the bear community, in part due to numerous models featured in Bear also working behind the bar. Continuing to work as a regular model for Brush Creek Media, Radcliffe quickly became a popular figure within the growing bear community. Several years later, Nelson and Bulger contacted Radcliffe concerning interest in shooting non-solo films for Brush Creek Media. Radcliffe appeared in seven adult films with Brush Creek Media and later appeared in additional films with Butch Bear and Massive Studio. He retired from adult acting after performing in Massive Muscle Bears with Massive Studio.
Legacy and cultural impact
Radcliffe is often cited as an enduring iconic representation (if not the most iconic representative) of the bear aesthetic in pornography, gay culture, and at large. He has been described as "the Marilyn Monroe of bear culture," a "poster boy of bear culture," and a "reigning bear icon." In a 2009 list of bear icons, LGBT pop culture website Queerty stated, "In the bear porn industry, Radcliffe is God. It’s easy to see why– if Plato were a bear, this would be his ideal." Despite this, Radcliffe has downplayed his iconography within bear culture.
Radcliffe was the most featured cover model in the history of Bear Magazine. In his 2001 forward for author and academic scholar Les K. Wright's The Bear Book II: Further Readings in the History and Evolution of a Gay Male Subculture, former editor-in-chief of Drummer Jack Fritscher noted that Radcliffe remained Brush Creek Media's top box office earner and described him as an icon for the company. Wright also described Radcliffe as the first to embody the "bear beauty" aesthetic with his specifically marketed films. Conversely, Radcliffe has also been specifically identified as an example of the "muscle-bear" body type that later emerged in bear culture, contributing to a more muscular standard of beauty, seemingly in conflict with the "normal," "average," or fat ("chub") aesthetic origins of the bear community.
|1989||Original Bear 3 - Uncut Footage||Brush Creek Media|
|1996||Bear Classic||Brush Creek Media|
|1996||Bear Sex Party||Brush Creek Media|
|1997||Leather Bears at Play||Brush Creek Media|
|1998||Bear: Palm Springs Vacation||Brush Creek Media|
|1999||Big Bear Trucking Co.||Brush Creek Media|
|2000||Big Bear Trucking Co. 2||Brush Creek Media|
|2003||Hard Mechanics||Massive Studio|
|2006||Erotic Spotlight Series 1||Butch Bear|
|2006||Erotic Spotlight Series 3||Butch Bear|
|2008||Massive Muscle Bears||Massive Studio|
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