William Higgins was a filmmaker widely regarded as one of the giants of gay porn.
He died at the age of 77, at his home in Prague. Higgins lived in the Czech Republic since 1992.
Having got his start in the mid-70s, Higgins worked in the adult entertainment industry for over 40 years. His body of work includes more than 3,000 films.
Higgins reportedly began creating porn films because he was an enthusiastic consumer but found it difficult to access high quality content. He established the Catalina studio to distribute his films, often operating the camera himself.
Some of his most well-known titles include The Boys of Venice, The Class of ’84, These Bases Are Loaded, The Best Little Warehouse in L.A., Sailor in the Wild, Cousins, The Pizza Boy, and Big Guns.
Films created by Higgins helped establish major stars such as Jack Wrangler, Kip Noll, Rick Donovan, John Davenport, Mike Henson, Jon King, Jeff Quinn, and Jan Dvorak.