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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1988
Pornographic film star John C. Holmes, a central figure in the unsolved 1981 Laurel Canyon murders, died Saturday night at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sepulveda, the actor's manager and a longtime associate confirmed Sunday. He was 43. The hospital's administrative officer on duty Sunday, Gatha Lee, said only that "we had a John Holmes die" and then hung up on a reporter without commenting on the cause of death.
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February 15, 2006 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
His given name is John Holmes and he hits the ball a mile, so it seems only natural that people would start calling him "Long John" Holmes. But that name made J.B. Holmes a bit uneasy -- something about a notorious adult film star with the same name -- so after he won the PGA Tour qualifying tournament in December he began using his initials. Shortly thereafter, Holmes used an array of 350-yard drives and 230-yard four-irons to smash his way to victory at the FBR Open in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
John C. Holmes, the world's premier pornographic film star, sobbed as he sat in a steaming bathtub early one morning in July, 1981. Haltingly, Holmes confessed to his wife that he had played a central role in four brutal murders earlier that month in a drug dealers' hillside home in Laurel Canyon. "There's somebody out there who wants to kill me," Holmes told Sharon, his wife of 16 years. Frightened, she asked, "Why?" For a time, John Holmes was silent. Finally, he replied: "The murders . . .
SPORTS
December 6, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Holmes played the best golf, but Bill Haas and Danny Ellis delivered the drama Monday, joining 29 others who survived the most grueling week on the PGA Tour to earn their cards for next year. Holmes became the first player in 22 years to leave college and win the PGA Tour qualifying tournament, closing with a three-under-par 69 at Winter Garden, Fla., and beating Alex Cejka of Germany by three shots.
SPORTS
July 1, 1989
Jim Murray, in his column about Barry Switzer, says Coach Switzer is some kind of a Badlands character and a disgrace to the coaching profession. Murray, frequently writes about the good ol' days and those legends from the past. Most of the coaches he mentions could not make it in the real world of today. Coach Switzer was successful because he recruited well and treated his players like men, not little boys. Unfortunately for Coach Switzer, some of the Sooner players did not act like men. JOHN HOLMES Northridge
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 1988 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Porno film star John Holmes died of AIDS because of his job, not because of needles, his widow said this week. Laurie Holmes, his second wife, told talk-show host Larry King: "John never used intravenous needles and, in the last five years, has not been on any drugs at all. . . . In my opinion, the porno business (is) trying to cover up John's death. They want to point their fingers anywhere but at themselves."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1988
Pornographic film star John Holmes died of complications of AIDS, according to his death certificate, which was filed Thursday. The certificate said the 43-year-old actor died early Sunday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sepulveda of encephalitis--a swelling of the brain--as a consequence of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Holmes' body was cremated Tuesday. The VA hospital, where Holmes was admitted in November, had refused to release the cause of death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former lover of the late pianist Liberace testified Monday that a defendant in the Laurel Canyon murder trial vowed to track down those who had burglarized his home and "teach them a lesson," but later lamented that "things (had) gone too far."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2003 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
The scene playing out before cameras at the front picket gate of a Craftsman-style house in the Altadena foothills sounds like a familiar one: A put-upon wife says adios to her no-good husband, she thinks -- she hopes -- for the last time.
SPORTS
February 15, 2006 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
His given name is John Holmes and he hits the ball a mile, so it seems only natural that people would start calling him "Long John" Holmes. But that name made J.B. Holmes a bit uneasy -- something about a notorious adult film star with the same name -- so after he won the PGA Tour qualifying tournament in December he began using his initials. Shortly thereafter, Holmes used an array of 350-yard drives and 230-yard four-irons to smash his way to victory at the FBR Open in Scottsdale, Ariz.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
The late porn star John C. Holmes was known for exactly one thing -- one freakishly big thing. That big thing made him famous during the 1970s and, from the evidence of his pathetic rise and fall, it's what made him believe he could beat the odds. He ratted on his peers in the skin trade, pimped and beat his underage girlfriend, and was implicated in one of L.A.'s most notorious murders. But Holmes seems to have thought he had been given a non-expiring Get Out of Jail Free card.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2003 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
The scene playing out before cameras at the front picket gate of a Craftsman-style house in the Altadena foothills sounds like a familiar one: A put-upon wife says adios to her no-good husband, she thinks -- she hopes -- for the last time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1996 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When most people think pet adoption, they think adorable. They picture a playful ball of fluff that yips or purrs. They envision a four-legged companion that will remain loyal as long as the nummies keep coming. They dream of a pet that would slog across the continent, Lassie-style, to be reunited with a beloved owner. Not John Holmes. When the North Hollywood man thinks pet, he thinks cold blood and forked tongue a-flicker. Holmes will pass on purring, thank you.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former lover of the late pianist Liberace testified Monday that a defendant in the Laurel Canyon murder trial vowed to track down those who had burglarized his home and "teach them a lesson," but later lamented that "things (had) gone too far."
SPORTS
July 1, 1989
Jim Murray, in his column about Barry Switzer, says Coach Switzer is some kind of a Badlands character and a disgrace to the coaching profession. Murray, frequently writes about the good ol' days and those legends from the past. Most of the coaches he mentions could not make it in the real world of today. Coach Switzer was successful because he recruited well and treated his players like men, not little boys. Unfortunately for Coach Switzer, some of the Sooner players did not act like men. JOHN HOLMES Northridge
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
John C. Holmes, the world's premier pornographic film star, sobbed as he sat in a steaming bathtub early one morning in July, 1981. Haltingly, Holmes confessed to his wife that he had played a central role in four brutal murders earlier that month in a drug dealers' hillside home in Laurel Canyon. "There's somebody out there who wants to kill me," Holmes told Sharon, his wife of 16 years. Frightened, she asked, "Why?" For a time, John Holmes was silent. Finally, he replied: "The murders . . .
SPORTS
December 6, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Holmes played the best golf, but Bill Haas and Danny Ellis delivered the drama Monday, joining 29 others who survived the most grueling week on the PGA Tour to earn their cards for next year. Holmes became the first player in 22 years to leave college and win the PGA Tour qualifying tournament, closing with a three-under-par 69 at Winter Garden, Fla., and beating Alex Cejka of Germany by three shots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1996 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When most people think pet adoption, they think adorable. They picture a playful ball of fluff that yips or purrs. They envision a four-legged companion that will remain loyal as long as the nummies keep coming. They dream of a pet that would slog across the continent, Lassie-style, to be reunited with a beloved owner. Not John Holmes. When the North Hollywood man thinks pet, he thinks cold blood and forked tongue a-flicker. Holmes will pass on purring, thank you.
NEWS
April 1, 1988
John Clellon Holmes, 62, a novelist who created or shared with Jack Kerouac the distinction of describing the youth of the 1950s as a "beat" generation. Holmes was a companion of Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg, William Burroughs and other chroniclers of the "beat" life style in New York City after World War II. His first novel, "Go," published in 1952, was about the beat world and was published before Kerouac's more popular beatnik novel, "On The Road." Holmes, a Holyoke, Mass.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 1988 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Porno film star John Holmes died of AIDS because of his job, not because of needles, his widow said this week. Laurie Holmes, his second wife, told talk-show host Larry King: "John never used intravenous needles and, in the last five years, has not been on any drugs at all. . . . In my opinion, the porno business (is) trying to cover up John's death. They want to point their fingers anywhere but at themselves."
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