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Brett Ford (real name: Todd Michael Rice; aka Joey Pagano) died on Christmas Day, December 25, 2001, of complications related to AIDS. He was 31.
Rice was born May 25, 1970, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Granville Douglas and Lana Rae Plummer Rice. He made his video debut in 1991, but in 1992 he made an astonishing 19 films and almost single-handedly helped Mack Releasing become a (short-lived) powerhouse. Although not a classic beauty in the face, Ford had a lithe, hard body and an exceptionally large penis which he used to very great effect in every film he made. He topped and bottomed with equal ease, and seemed to relish his sex work. He made the leap from low-grade Planet Group hack-work to Falcon Studios films immediately -- which was the best testament to his work that can be made. He retired from porn in 1999, after making a film for Catalina ("Flesh and Fantasy 2") and working with the legendary Wash West in "Technical Ecstasy" (Odyssey Men). He moved to Palm Springs in 2001, where in the last few years he had performed at the Rainbow Cactus Bar, the Palm Canyon Theatre and the Top Hat Playhouse.
He is survived by his companion of five years, Kevin Crawford of Washington, D.C. He is also survived by brother Douglas Hetzel of Somersville, S.C.; brother Scott Rice of Dallas, Texas; brother Grant Rice of Chicago, Illinois; brother Jason Rice of Palm Desert, California; sister Lisa Avrett of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; mother Lana Rice of Palm Desert; and his father and stepmother, Grant and Delores Rice of Palm Springs. He was buried on New Year's Eve in the Palm Springs Mausoleum in Cathedral City, Calif.
The family has asked that anyone wishing to honor his memory make a donation to the Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs.
Desert AIDS Project
Brett Ford Filmography
All Man, Hard As Steel (Vivid, ????)
Note: Although Ford is pictured on the box of "Dreams Come True" (Planet Group, 1992), he is not in the film. While I believe this is a complete filmography, there may be omissions and errors. Corrections are welcomed.
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