An adult film star who got his start in pornographic films in the 1960s. Holmes was born John C. Estes, August 8, 1944, in Pickaway County, Ohio. He died March 13, 1988, of complications related to AIDS. Holmes was widely publicized as having a penis ranging from 12.5 to 18 inches, though adult stars routinely inflate their measurements. A recent attempt at discerning his length by comparing images of his penis to images of his other body parts produced a figure of 8.75 inches. The 1997 film "Boogie Nights" is loosely based upon Holmes' life.
John Holmes was one of the great stars of the Golden Age of Porn.