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David Pohl/Out Magazine

By all outward measures, Arpad Miklos was a highly successful gay porn star and escort. Born Péter Kozma in Budapest in 1967, the darkly handsome Hungarian with the soulful eyes and Adonis build worked as a chemist there until the mid-’90s when he was discovered by a model scout for the British porn producer Kristen Bjorn. In the ensuing years, he moved to Miami, then New York City, and made nearly 60 films for major directors and studios, including Bjorn, Chi Chi LaRue, Michael Lucas, Hot House, and Falcon. Robustly endowed, he almost always played the dominant top. In the mid-2000s, he won awards both from the porn and the escort industry. In 2010, his brawny, hairy, grinning likeness appeared on a big beach towel that Butt magazine and American Apparel marketed together, with proceeds going to the Ali Forney Center, a New York City shelter for homeless LGBT youth.

Even as late as January, Miklos was flirting with artsy projects, appearing in a video for “Hood,” a song by gay musician Perfume Genius. In it, a shirtless Miklos tenderly cradles the skinny singer in his massive arms. At 45, he looked great and, according to a friend’s estimate, was making around $120,000 year—the uppermost bracket for actor-escorts. “He could easily still be doing porn today,” says J.C. Adams, the longtime editor of GayPornTimes.com. “He had a 20-year career going, and that’s rare.”

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