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I saw this in "Manshots" last summer, but I don't think it ever got to RAME. Here it is:
Wilbur James Weiss, Jr., better known as "Scorpio" to gay adult film fans of the 1970s and early 1980s, died of stomach cancer and complications from AIDS on December 24, 1998 at his home in Pensacola, Florida. He was 46.
Born Nov. 1, 1952 in Trenton, New Jersey, he left home at 18 and moved to Philadelphia where he worked as a skater in a roller derby. After a series of low-wage jobs, he began stripping at straight clubs in New Jersey. He later came out and began stripping in gay clubs. His mother, who was supportive of his stripping career, attended his shows and even made costumes for him. He created a stage name, Scorpio, and got a scorpion tattoo on his right bicep.
After moving to Washington, DC and stripping in several clubs there, he moved to New York City and became a well-known local catalog model. Photographs of him with Baxter -- a tiny stuffed teddy bear he carried in his back pocket -- became his trademark. Soon afterward, he began doing adult films with Jack Deveau, Arch Brown and Christopher Rage. After 1985, with most of his contacts on the East Coast dead from AIDS, his career ended. He moved to Florida to be close to his family, and worked in an adult bookstore and as a hair stylist. He attempted two comebacks -- a non-sexual role in 1995's "The Diamond Stud" (the role went to Richard Locke, also his last role), and a non-sexual role in 1997's "Family Values" (as the hippie pimp; the role went to Bo Summers). Memorial Services were held Dec. 30, 1998 in Pensacola.
His films include:
All Tied Up