Among the many gay films to which Mr. Wrangler brought his macho-man image were
“Heavy Equipment” (1977) and “A Night at the Adonis” (1978). His straight films include
“Jack and Jill” (1979) and “The Devil in Miss Jones, Part II” (1982), in which he played

In 1977, at a restaurant in
Manhattan, Mr. Wrangler
met Ms. Whiting, who was
famous for hits like “That
Old Black Magic” and
“Moonlight in Vermont.”
Although she was 22 years
older, they bonded.

“They lived together for
about 20 years before they
got married in 1994,” Mr.
Schwarz said. “Their
relationship had nothing
to do with sexual orientation; it was based on mutual affection and respect.” Ms. Whiting
survives him.

At Ms. Whiting’s urging, Mr. Wrangler began to write and direct cabaret shows, some
with Ms. Whiting performing. He helped conceive the 1997 Broadway revue “Dream,”
starring Ms. Whiting. It was a tribute to the songwriter Johnny Mercer, who had been a
mentor to Ms. Whiting.
In 1999 Mr. Wrangler was director of a jazz concert that paired Mercer songs with
excerpts from “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” John Berendt’s best-selling
book about a murder in Mercer’s hometown, Savannah, Ga. Mr. Wrangler is credited
with the idea for a ballet based on the 1946 musical “St. Louis Woman.” It was
performed by the Dance Theater of Harlem in 2003.

John Robert Stillman was born in Los Angeles on July 11, 1946, the son of Robert and
Ruth Clark Stillman. His father was a movie and television producer and his mother
was a former Busby Berkeley dancer.

By the age of 9 Jack was in show business, cast as a churchgoing boy who learned a
moral lesson in every episode of a Sunday morning television show called “The Faith of
Our Children.” After attending Northwestern University, Mr. Stillman bounced from New
York to Hollywood, looking for a part.

“He ended up bartending and go-go dancing,” Mr. Schwarz said. “He was a very bad go-
go dancer, self-admitted.”

That led to a role in a play called “Special Friends,” as a bad go-go dancer. Soon after
he was on the cover of gay magazines and appearing in short gay sex films.

When he was go-go dancing, Mr. Stillman did not think that Actors’ Equity, the actors’
union, would appreciate his performing under his given name. He looked at the label on
his Wrangler work shirt and chose a new last name, which he used for the rest of his
life.  APRIL | ABRIL 2009

Jack Wrangler, Actor in Sex Films and Producer, Dies at 62
By Dennis Hevesi

April 9, 2009 - New York...
Jack Wrangler, who brought his chiseled physique to
stardom in many gay sex films (and some straight ones), then met and later married
the singer Margaret Whiting, leading to a career as a writer and cabaret and theater
producer, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 62 and lived in Manhattan.

The cause was emphysema, said Jeffrey Schwarz, a close friend and the producer of
the documentary “Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon.”

With his rugged good looks, blond hair and steely blue eyes, Mr. Wrangler (originally
John Stillman) appeared in more than 30 gay sex films and 20 straight ones in the
1970s and early ’80s. His stardom coincided with the gay liberation movement, and for
some he became a role model.

As Outcyclopedia, a gay-oriented online reference, wrote, “Many gay men in the ’70s
and ’80s cited Jack as an integral part of their coming out process, as his against-the-
stereotypes onscreen persona helped show them that a man can be gay and still be a

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“No matter what he did after his porn career ended, whether it was theater or cabaret or
ballet,” Mr. Schwarz said, “whenever he would be interviewed they would refer to him as
the former porn star Jack Wrangler. His attitude was, ‘I’m proud of it and there’s nothing
I can do about it.’ ”

Fallece el actor de cine porno gay Jack Wrangler

April 9, 2009 - Nueva York... El icono de la industria pornográfica y director y productor
de teatro Jack Wrangler murió en Nueva York a los 62 años a causa de una
enfermedad pulmonar, informó la compañía TLA Releasing, distribuidora de algunas
de sus películas.

'Jack fue uno de los primeros en conseguir que se centrara la atención en la
comunidad homosexual al mostrarse sin complejos y al perseguir sus sueños', afirmó
el director de Publicidad y Marketing de TLA Relasing, Lewis Tice, en un comunicado.

John Robert Stillman, conocido como Jack Wrangler, fue una de las estrellas del porno
gay en la década de los setenta y, con más de ochenta películas para adultos a sus
espaldas, el actor californiano conquistó también el mercado pornográfico
heterosexual y la industria teatral.

'Su pérdida nos llena de tristeza, ya que (Wrangler) es una parte esencial de la historia
del movimiento gay', agregó Tice, quien detalló que el actor murió el martes en Nueva

Wrangler se casó con la cantante Margaret Whiting y compartió con ella toda su vida,
pese a que incluso antes de contraer matrimonio le informó de su homosexualidad.
En 2008, el director de cine Jeffrey Schwarz llevó a la gran pantalla la vida de Wrangler
en la cinta 'Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon', en la que la misma estrella del porno

El documental ganó este año el premio GayVN, que anualmente reconoce las mejores
producciones de la industria pornográfica.

'Fue un verdadero honor y un privilegio conocer a Jack Wrangler durante el rodaje del
documental de su vida', dijo Schwarz, quien destaca en el mismo comunicado que el
actor fue un 'pionero' en la lucha del movimiento homosexual.

Schwarz añade que 'Jack conocía el poder de la imagen e inspiró a toda una
generación para que se sintiera a gusto con su condición, al tiempo que se convirtió en
el hombre de sus sueños'.

Wrangler 'vivió su vida con elegancia, humor y seguridad, y se le echará de menos',
agregó el cineasta.

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