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Sad News From The Gay Porn World

Mr. Ronald Liter, better known to eldergay porn aficionados as Eric Manchester, one of the 80s top stars, passed away at the age of 58 on Mar. 12 of this year.

People have been asking for years if anyone knew if Eric made it through the plague, hoping and praying he was still alive. Until now no one has been able to come up with much of anything. All sorts of stories were around. Some said he married a woman and had a gaggle of kids, while others claimed he was in prison for a long time. I'm glad he made it through, and for all outward appearances had a somewhat happy life, per his obituary. He was apparently living back in Oklahoma.

Obituary

Ronald Eugene Liter

August 26, 1964 ~ March 12, 2023 (age 58)

Ronald Eugene Liter was born August 26, 1964 in Dallas to Donald and Patricia (Hampton) Liter. He passed away March 12, 2023 in San Francisco at the age of 58. Ronald was raised by Donald and Doris Liter growing up in Oklahoma and Indiana. He was a gentle soul who loved his four sisters and other family. He loved helping and serving others, cooking, eating, nature and the outdoors.

Ronald is preceded in death by his father, Donald Liter; brother, Randy Harris; grandparents, Elis and Bertha Crawford, Winston Murphy.

Survivors include his birth mother, Patricia Gilbert of Texas; mother, Doris Liter of McAllister; sisters, Donna Harper (Rory) of Martinsville, Indiana, Karen Moore of LaFollette, Tennessee, Samantha Moore of McAllister, Jessica Liter of Shelbyville, Kentucky; along with other family and friends.

A graveside funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at the Wellston Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Lehman Funeral Home of Wellston.

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by Anonymousreply 78February 26, 2024 8:13 PM

Eric was a sultry beauty back in the day.

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by Anonymousreply 1November 26, 2023 8:08 PM

For those who've never seen Eric's earlier work. He delivered one of the most memorable and hilarious lines I can remember from his porn days. In 1988's "Spokes 2, Eric was buggering this lucky lad on a couch while all the other guys were going at it around them. Eric was lovingly laying it to the guy and then looked him in the eye and said "I'm fixin' to tear it up!". And tear it up he did. It wasn't long before the bottom begged Eric to "rape my ass!".

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by Anonymousreply 2November 26, 2023 8:25 PM

R1, he really did. He was one of my earliest memories of gay porn (ah, the VHS days of yore). RIP

by Anonymousreply 3November 26, 2023 9:15 PM

He toured as an escort in the early 2000s. If he died in SF, what had he been doing in Oklahoma? I think he was living in Indiana before he got into porn. Manchester is the name of a town there and perhaps near where he was living.

by Anonymousreply 4November 26, 2023 9:23 PM
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by Anonymousreply 5November 26, 2023 9:27 PM
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by Anonymousreply 6November 26, 2023 9:28 PM

The toupe he is wearing in OP's photo looks bad. But, yes, he was a very handsome guy.

by Anonymousreply 7November 26, 2023 9:35 PM

He was living in Seattle for a while in the late 90s. He was escorting but his looks were completely gone. I suspected drugs. Glad to see he cleaned up.

by Anonymousreply 8November 26, 2023 10:35 PM

[quote] If he died in SF, what had he been doing in Oklahoma?

Per his obituary he grew up in Indiana and Oklahoma. I have to assume Oklahoma was where he wanted to be buried (probably has a lot of family there).

by Anonymousreply 9November 26, 2023 10:47 PM

That's not a rug he was wearing in the OP photo. No one buys a toupee that would give them a receding hairline. It's what was left of his own hair dyed tragically black.

by Anonymousreply 10November 26, 2023 11:01 PM

I was in love with him

by Anonymousreply 11November 26, 2023 11:12 PM

[quote] I have to assume Oklahoma was where he wanted to be buried

How do you know he didn't want to be cremated and have his ashes spread in the ocean at SF?

by Anonymousreply 12November 27, 2023 12:36 AM

Related thread

Did they ever work together?

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by Anonymousreply 13November 27, 2023 12:38 AM

He looks like a dried up Joe Pesci in OPs photo.

by Anonymousreply 14November 27, 2023 12:52 AM

According to GEVI he never worked with Hank Hightower. The vast majority of Eric's work was in the 80s. He was leaving the business as Hank Hightower was coming into the business in the early - mid 90s.

by Anonymousreply 15November 27, 2023 1:02 AM

I don’t think that’s Eric, OP. Just my hunch.

by Anonymousreply 16November 27, 2023 1:27 AM

Eric was the best.

by Anonymousreply 17November 27, 2023 1:40 AM

But I don't believe he was younger than me.

by Anonymousreply 18November 27, 2023 1:41 AM

According to an acquaintance who knew him, he did wear a wig in his later years.

by Anonymousreply 19November 27, 2023 2:43 AM

Obituary says " He passed away March 12, 2023 in San Francisco".

by Anonymousreply 20November 27, 2023 2:47 AM

That’s a rough 58

by Anonymousreply 21November 27, 2023 2:51 AM

He was magnificent.

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by Anonymousreply 22November 27, 2023 2:53 AM

Here's his videography.

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by Anonymousreply 23November 27, 2023 2:57 AM

[quote] I don’t think that’s Eric, OP. Just my hunch.

Yep, there's always one, and it looks like you're it. Get your eyes checked pal.

[quote] According to an acquaintance who knew him, he did wear a wig in his later years.

He may have, but he sure as hell wasn't wearing a wig in the first photo.

by Anonymousreply 24November 27, 2023 11:18 AM

Thank you R22. I'd forgotten how bad 80's porn was in some ways. i used to think it was more authentic but some of those clips seem very artificial.

by Anonymousreply 25November 28, 2023 1:29 AM

AIDS

by Anonymousreply 26November 28, 2023 1:32 AM

[quote]People have been asking for years if anyone knew if Eric made it through the plague, hoping and praying he was still alive.

MARY!

Anyone who was "hoping and praying" would already know Mr. Liter's status.

by Anonymousreply 27November 28, 2023 3:16 AM

58 my ass. RIP.

by Anonymousreply 28November 28, 2023 3:39 AM

Here's a tribute wall to Ron Liter/Eric Manchester. If he was 1/10th as nice as the tributes written he must have been some good man. I gather at least some of his friends knew of his gay porn past as one tribute has a childhood photo along with a G rated photo taken from one of his porn videos. And there's a video of him showing the little daughter of a friend of his how to use a carpet shampooer. It's nice to know he had people who loved and cared for him. That says a lot about him. So many from the porn world of his era either ended up in bad times as they got older, or dead before they even had the chance to get older.

I've also learned that the OP photo was from his days working as a bartender at 'Aunt Charlies' in San Francisco.

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by Anonymousreply 29November 28, 2023 11:22 AM

Apparently the post on the tribute page with the photos of him as a young boy and from one of his porn videos was from his sister.

by Anonymousreply 30November 28, 2023 11:27 AM

R15 But did he ever work with Helen Highwater?

by Anonymousreply 31November 28, 2023 1:01 PM

I doubt it. But I think he did work with Helen Bedd.

by Anonymousreply 32November 28, 2023 1:52 PM

High school pic.

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by Anonymousreply 33November 28, 2023 3:33 PM

I ate his ass in the backroom at the Gaiety Theatre in Times Square in the early 80's. Best $50 I ever spent!

by Anonymousreply 34November 28, 2023 3:43 PM

[quote] Mr. Ronald Liter, better known to eldergay porn aficionados as Eric Manchester, one of the 80s top stars, passed away at the age of 58 on Mar. 12 of this year.

That’s 92 in gay porn star years.

by Anonymousreply 35November 28, 2023 3:46 PM

Eric Manchester was my all time favorite porn star

So passes the glory of the world

We will not his kind again

by Anonymousreply 36December 3, 2023 8:52 PM

Will not what?

by Anonymousreply 37December 3, 2023 9:36 PM

Does anyone know what he died of?

by Anonymousreply 38December 3, 2023 9:44 PM

It’s only sad that you dried up boogers are sad over some tool died that u rubbed off to. Get a hobby

by Anonymousreply 39December 3, 2023 9:54 PM

Usually, "gentle soul" in obituaries and tributes means either effeminate but not a bitchy queen or sweet but scattered, disorganized and a dim bulb - a born victim.

Which was this guy?

by Anonymousreply 40December 3, 2023 10:02 PM

What are you r40? That’s the real Q.

by Anonymousreply 41December 3, 2023 10:05 PM

Nobody loves r40

by Anonymousreply 42December 3, 2023 10:06 PM

He was gorgeous and helped solidify my ultimate type.

by Anonymousreply 43December 3, 2023 10:08 PM

You whacked off to him a million yrs ago and now he’s dead

by Anonymousreply 44December 3, 2023 10:11 PM

he looks 10 years older than 58 and that shoe polish hair dye did him no favors

by Anonymousreply 45December 3, 2023 10:17 PM

I always figured he was gay-for-pay.

So he was actually gay?

by Anonymousreply 46December 3, 2023 10:18 PM

He morphed into Hank Azaria.

by Anonymousreply 47December 3, 2023 10:37 PM

A little Freudian slip from his sister in her tribute to him:

"Always putting others fist..."

by Anonymousreply 48December 3, 2023 10:46 PM

This comment from the woman who posted the video of him helping her daughter use a carpet cleaner was odd, I thought:

"He told me how happy it made him that I let him be around my daughter..."

Was it because he was gay? Was it because she knew about his porn past? Was it something more sinister?

Weird wording overall.

by Anonymousreply 49December 4, 2023 6:28 PM

May he Rest in Peace, however in OP's photo he looks just like a latter era, Richard "Larry Dallas" Kline of Three's Company fame.

by Anonymousreply 50December 4, 2023 11:09 PM

Oh, no, the toupee conspirators are at it again at R7.

by Anonymousreply 51December 4, 2023 11:13 PM

OMG! Ronny the bartender from Aunt Charlie's was Eric Manchester?! How could I not have known this?

I used to go to Aunt Charlie's with my friends, and Ronny was always so friendly to me and everyone who came in. I knew he had passed away some months ago, but I had no idea he was one of my favorite 80s porn stars.

Holy crap. What a revelation.

by Anonymousreply 52December 6, 2023 3:50 PM

This bar is San Francisco r52?

There was not even a rumor among the patrons that gay porn royalty was behind the bar?

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by Anonymousreply 53December 6, 2023 3:55 PM

R53 Yes, that's the bar.

A dive bar in a not-so-great part of town that's been around for ages. The very definition of "dive bar," but very laid back and pretense-free.

I never head anything from anyone about Ronny being Eric Manchester. He must have kept it a very good secret.

by Anonymousreply 54December 6, 2023 3:59 PM

^Heard, that is.

by Anonymousreply 55December 6, 2023 3:59 PM

"Survivors include his birth mother, Patricia Gilbert of Texas; mother, Doris Liter of McAllister."

Looks like he was adopted.

by Anonymousreply 56December 6, 2023 4:16 PM

I don't think he ever got the chance to actually meet his birth mother, although it appears they were in contact by phone.

by Anonymousreply 57December 7, 2023 4:36 PM

I just noticed that there is no Wikipedia page for Eric Manchester. There is one for a lot of other major porn performers - someone who knows how please go add one!

by Anonymousreply 58December 7, 2023 8:45 PM

All news from gay porn is sad

by Anonymousreply 59December 7, 2023 10:01 PM

It was a heroin overdose. He was visiting San Francisco and was found dead in his hotel room.

Search for "Ronald Liter" in this article.

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by Anonymousreply 60February 4, 2024 7:32 PM

He looks like Larry from Three's Company in OPs pic.

by Anonymousreply 61February 4, 2024 7:41 PM

[quote] That’s a rough 58

Yes, well, sex workers lead such charmed, trauma-free lives.

by Anonymousreply 62February 4, 2024 7:46 PM

I thought that was Larry from Three’s Company at the OP.

by Anonymousreply 63February 4, 2024 7:51 PM

Geez he looks like George Morris’ bastard son.

by Anonymousreply 64February 4, 2024 8:55 PM

So... he was actually gay then? No wife and kids?

by Anonymousreply 65February 4, 2024 9:19 PM

R60, that is a subscription-only article.

by Anonymousreply 66February 4, 2024 11:56 PM

R66 Try this link.

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by Anonymousreply 67February 5, 2024 12:15 AM

R66 It worked for me.

by Anonymousreply 68February 5, 2024 12:15 AM

R66 Try this link.

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by Anonymousreply 69February 5, 2024 12:15 AM

Try this link.

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by Anonymousreply 70February 5, 2024 12:16 AM

R65 No wife or kids. I'm guessing he was gay.

by Anonymousreply 71February 5, 2024 12:16 AM

Sorry. Don't know why the archive.ph link posted multiple times.

by Anonymousreply 72February 5, 2024 12:23 AM

Thanks, R66, the 2nd link worked.

by Anonymousreply 73February 5, 2024 1:13 AM

I meant thanks, R60.

by Anonymousreply 74February 5, 2024 1:14 AM

This is fake; Winston Murphy and Randy Harris, listed as survivors, are dead porn star names.

by Anonymousreply 75February 26, 2024 5:53 PM

I remember him from pictorials in the 80s and 90s. In the OP he looks like "Larry" from "Three's Company".

by Anonymousreply 76February 26, 2024 6:18 PM

He did look rough, but a lifetime of drug addiction will do that to you.

by Anonymousreply 77February 26, 2024 6:22 PM

R75 What are you talking about?

by Anonymousreply 78February 26, 2024 8:13 PM
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