September 8, 2015

David Forest Dead at 66

PHOTO BY VINCENT LAMBERT
Sad news over the holiday weekend: Industry veteran David Forest has passed away. An obituary in The L.A. Times yesterday confirmed that the flamboyant talent agent and manager died on August 13 from complications due to diabetes. Forest, 66, had recently suffered a heart attack and a broken leg but, in his usual fashion, appeared to be bouncing back.

Following a successful career in music, booking acts such as the Grateful Dead and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham (before Fleetwood Mac), Forest made a name for himself in gay porn by managing a veritable who’s who of big-name stars. He formed his company in 1981 and oversaw the careers of Jeremy Scott, Leo Ford, Tim Kramer and Lance, among others. In the early ’90s, Forest signed Ryan Idol, Ken Ryker, Kevin Williams and Tom Katt. The Forest roster continued to grow in 2000 with the addition of Billy Herrington, Jeff Palmer, Billy Brandt, Eric Hanson, Jeremy Tucker, Caesar and Chris Steele. In recent years, Forest has managed superstars such as Mark Dalton, Rod Barry, Zeb Atlas, Johnny Castle and Tony Capucci.

At various times over his 35-year career, he was incarcerated on pandering charges, retired, sold his company, entered rehab, relaunched his escorting service and worked on his autobiography (tentatively titled From Rock to Cock). Somehow Forest, often a controversial figure in the porn world, always returned to the business he loved. For Los Angeles readers, a “Celebration of Life” service will be held this Friday, September 11, at 11 am at Hillside Mortuary (6001 W. Centinela Ave.).

3 comments:

Mark Adams said...

A true "trooper," who always believed "the show must go on." Sure, he could be a royal pain in the ass, but he helped the porn business become what it is (be that good or bad). Personally, I will miss his email blasts and Mel Brooks-ish phone calls. There's no one quite like him.

DeWayne In San Diego said...

So he pissed me off occasionally (posting models on Meet the Stars who were not amused) but no one stayed MAD at David. He was too much the character,the grifter in the Michael Caine "Lawrence Jamieson" mode in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with a smile and a wink that left any residual anger to evaporate.

David was a true original the likes no one will see again!

I surely hope enough of that Autobiography is done and in the hands of friends and not his family that we get the unvarnished (but surely embellished) truth from David himself.

"From Rock to Cock" an inspired title that could apply to only one man.

David Forest

Mark Wilson said...

Rest In Peace, David Forest. Your IT account with me will remain open, just in case. I so agree with Mark Adams, a true "trooper"

David's last support ticket dated, June 27 read:

"This is just temporary. I have the BACK COVER of the new Cybersocket Magazine For July. It comes out in 2 days. I don’t have my new everything totally ready … so .. I’d rather divert people to the old html pages for now. My old deposit plan has a better list of terms which will assure I collect more money on the arrangements."

David was SO excited about his Cybersocket mag ad.