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. Stan L says

    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

  2. Kenneth says

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

  3. Jeff says

    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.

  4. kevin says

    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.”

  5. Keithy says

    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.

  6. maxx e padd says

    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.

  7. Marc C says

    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.

  8. buster says

    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.

  9. JW says

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

  10. romeo says

    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.

  11. Russell1947 says

    Ted Cox was either acquitted or found not guilty MANY years ago. He made his last movie after his trial (in NYC) He returned to CA, made the movie (for Chi Chi) & vanished, hopefully to a better life.Unlike Idol, Ted never pretended to be totally straight ( the bisexual label is new for Idol believe me)

  12. JustJay says

    Buster seems to be the only “poster” that I’d welcome on my planet. There is never justification for RAPE, except in the case of(an eye for an eye).

  13. says

    I thought he had died of AIDS as well. I remember thinking how terrible it was….I have to agree with one of the posters, Rape is not funny and does constitute cruel and unusual punishment. When five guys rape you on the floor of the shower with no lube, you get torn up, period.

  14. SSCHIEFRSHA says

    Ryan Idol is the quintessential Porn Superstar. It’s his legacy and the banner is yet to be taken from him. He was bangin’ in almost everything and the camera loved him. I see the years have not been kind to him. Good luck to him though.

  15. says

    His scene with Josh Sterling in “Idol in the Sky” is in my Top 31 Desert Island Porn Clips. ChiChi LaRue recently sang his praises in a roast, and the picture on the right looks taken from that party. He looks terrible, but drugs and alcohol plus 20 years is the perfect formula for wrecking your looks. Toilet tank lid as shield against a drug-addled brain’s imaginary knife is totally not out of the ordinary.

  16. Jack M says

    If I remember correctly he had a history of mental illness (bipolar?) which is most likely what contributed to this incident, as well as the attempted suicide.

  17. says

    Wow, I just don’t get it. He looks rather handsome in the photo on the right. He’s 47 years old, after all. He doesn’t look botoxed to death, which is rather refreshing.

    As far as some of the posters making comments about the low class status of anyone who does porn, if you watch it, who are you to think you’re any better than the men you’re jerking off to?

  18. Pygar says

    Way to go, my gay brethren! “It’s a shame…it’s too bad….” Side with a man who almost beat a woman to death just because he had a pretty face once. Confirm the worst stereotypes about the shallowness of gay men.

  19. MeAroundHere says

    Its just crazy that these people think they can do porn and then go into some mainstream business and still maintain their superstar status in the mainstream world. I have heard so many times these people say that oh god they so hope that they can make it over to the big screen and cant wait to be a superstar and megastar and just be rich and wealthy and buy a huge mansion somewhere. When will people wake up and realize that it does not happen that way? Life does not work like that! The porn industry chews them up and spits them out!

  20. actiondude says

    what a shame. he was SUCH a hot man back in the 1990’s; literally a legend in gay porn. but he’s been on a downward spiral for years. he’s bitten the hand that feeds him (porn industry leaders and his own fans) far too many times to expect any assistance from them.

    i’ve heard many stories over the years of how he conned gay porn employers out of money by demanding to be paid up front and then vanishing, never to fulfill his end of the bargain. i’ve heard stories about how he actually despised gay men but had no problem using sex and his good looks to get money out of them. his drug and alcohol use are historic. looks like he’s finally hit rock bottom. i do feel sorry for him, though. you should have seen him back in the day; he was STUNNING.

  21. Will says

    From the media stories I’ve read it seems far fetched that as his ex-girlfriend said she had caught him with a male lover, that a man in his 40’s would be sexual like someone in their 20’s. Don’t get me wrong, I do not believe his words either, or the police records, they are not necessarily truthful, or the media. It is ashame something like this happened to him. Whatever happened.