Former Gay Adult Film Actor 'Ryan Idol' Convicted of Attempted Murder

Marc Anthony Donais, 47, formerly known as '80s gay porn actor Ryan Idol, was convicted on Tuesday of attempting to kill his girlfriend with a toilet tank lid, the Sacramento Bee reports:

Idol According to testimony at trial, the 41-year-old woman had broken up with Donais, who claimed to be bisexual. She testified she moved out of their West Sacramento condo when he knocked on her door the night of the attack while she was taking a bath.

She told jurors she let Donais into the house and that he immediately told her he wanted to kill her. He testified at trial that he thought she had pulled a knife on him during their discussion in her bathroom and that he grabbed the toilet tank lid and hit her with it out of self defense.

Donais is currently being held without bail.

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  1. An unstable crazy porn star? no way!

    Posted by: mike | Sep 21, 2011 3:27:25 PM

  2. well...his career was in the toilet apropos

    Posted by: Greg | Sep 21, 2011 3:31:52 PM

  3. I foresee a campy Off-Broadway musical emerging from this!

    Posted by: Windy | Sep 21, 2011 3:36:25 PM

  4. Well it's not about porn stars being unstable (a bad stereotype, by the way). Still a horrible thing he did, and he'll be doing some time in the pokey...for which he has plenty of practice. :X

    Posted by: Stan L | Sep 21, 2011 3:47:12 PM

  5. Can't believe it's the same guy. What happened?

    Posted by: Matt26 | Sep 21, 2011 3:53:48 PM

  6. What happened? 20 plus year happened.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Sep 21, 2011 3:56:47 PM

  7. Wow, I didn't know he was still alive. For some reason I thought he passed away in the 90s.

    Posted by: Kevin_BGFH | Sep 21, 2011 4:12:06 PM

  8. Girrrrrllll....

    Posted by: The Milkman | Sep 21, 2011 4:12:30 PM

  9. Doesn't "convicted" mean they have had a trial? Sounds like he's being charged to me.

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 21, 2011 4:17:23 PM

  10. Excuse my brain fart. I see it is a conviction.

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 21, 2011 4:19:16 PM

  11. didn't he fall out of a window in NYC years ago and wanted his gay fans to pay for his hospital bills?

    Posted by: Kenneth | Sep 21, 2011 4:31:26 PM

  12. He used to be a trainer in my gym circa 2000. He really was a very nice man and maybe the dumbest I have ever me too.

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 21, 2011 4:35:30 PM

  13. That "current" picture is from 2007 when he was on Broadway in the revival of THE RITZ. I think his character had one line...and one towel (that only dropped once for a quick butt shot on stage). He fell out of a third-floor window in NYC in 1998 and couldn't recall how it happened, saying that that "the drugs and alcohol took over."

    Posted by: kevin | Sep 21, 2011 4:39:45 PM

  14. @Kenneth, at the time some speculated it was a suicide attempt.

    Posted by: Scrufff | Sep 21, 2011 4:43:45 PM

  15. Back in the early 90s, he was the first ever porn star that I had a crush on. I now feel very sad. And old.

    Posted by: Keithy | Sep 21, 2011 4:44:53 PM

  16. Attempted murder instead of felony assault? I wonder if they offered him a plea?

    Posted by: anon | Sep 21, 2011 5:03:09 PM

  17. For some reason a lot of these gay porn stars end up in prison.

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 21, 2011 5:29:47 PM

  18. A gay handsome man in prison. Is this really punishment? Now serving number 500. At least we didn't have to hear that tired 'gay for pay' excuse. Hummmm conjugal visit. Can't wait for the book.

    Posted by: maxx e padd | Sep 21, 2011 5:51:49 PM

  19. The prison he'll go to won't be at all like the ones in his pornos.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 21, 2011 6:06:03 PM

  20. It's a shame that he couldn't pull the underage card like McInerney and milk a three year trial with a hung jury. Ah well, win some, lose some.

    Posted by: Marc C | Sep 21, 2011 6:21:22 PM

  21. Why do people think it's funny that men who go to prison commonly get raped? Steal a car, sell drugs, hit your ex over the head with a toilet cover -- and it's years of RAPE? And that's something to joke about? Being forced to have sex with someone when you don't want to is not pleasant. It might not be as traumatic for an ex porn star, but it's still well outside of what the laws say is supposed to be your punishment. Yet everyone seems to just sort of accept that it's okay. Another sign of how twisted this country really is.

    Posted by: buster | Sep 21, 2011 8:15:15 PM

  22. It takes a "special" person to be a porn star; and now you know what kind!

    Posted by: Brains | Sep 21, 2011 9:14:40 PM

  23. maybe he can bunk with ted coxx
    and recreate some late 80 porn scene
    isnt ted in jail too
    murder? i think

    Posted by: JW | Sep 21, 2011 9:24:43 PM

  24. Used to like his films. He had one of the classiest looks of the 90's pornstars (if the term "classy" can be applied to anyone that does that for a living. LOL).

    Lesson here, stick with guys.

    Posted by: romeo | Sep 21, 2011 9:39:06 PM

  25. i remember that guy! wow that's sad. should have just stayed gay. he got fugly too.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 21, 2011 9:41:45 PM

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