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Two years after the death of his lover Joey (Joseph) Yale from AIDS, Fred Halsted killed him self with an overdose of sleeping pills. From his suicide note, "I had a good life... I've had looks, a body, money, success and artistic triumphs. I've had the love of my life. I see no reason to go on."
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Although often mentioned as a great porn director, his work as a director isn't always that great - from his fantastic first effort L.A. Plays Itself to the abysmyl late 80's Breaker Blue (his last film?) - the quality of his directorial work varies greatly. But he was also a porn star; and unlike other porn stars, he could direct successfully, act (fantastic in El Paso Wrecking, not so good in his own A Night at Halsted's), and he did some amazing cinematography, primarily in his lover Joey Yale's films, like Trick Time.
From California, he did gardening work as a young man (rumored to be Vincent Price's gardener!) and met Joey Yale when he was working on his first film (Joey is featured in L.A. Plays Itself). While much of the 70's, and very early 80's gay porn films were NY centered, Halsted (along with William Higgins) focused more on the blond, skinny California type (his personal taste). By the mid 70's, Halsted and Yale formed the production Company COSCO, trying to gain more control over their work (and its revenue!). COSCO produced many films in the late 70's through mid 80's (usually distributed thru VCA, and HIS), as well as numerous magazines, like Package and the many associated with their Cosco films.
Fred Halsted. "Gaytimes Interviews" Gay Times #1, 1973 pg. 14 (Interview)
Siebenand, Paul. The Beginnings of Gay Cinema in Los Angeles: The Industry and the Audience. Los Angles, CA: USC, 1975 pg. 29,286,297,298
James Fredericks. "Gayflicks" Gay Times #29, 1975 pg. 12 (Review)
Fred Halsted. Drummer Vol. 1 No. 2 Aug.-Sep. 1975 pg. 38 (Essay)
Fred Halsted. Drummer Vol. 3 No. 18 1977 pg. 24 (Essay)
Fred Halsted. Drummer Vol. 3 No. 19 1977 pg. 24 (Essay)
Fred Halsted. Drummer Vol. 3 No. 20 1977 pg. 26 (Essay)
Fred Halsted. Drummer Vol. 3 No. 21 1977 pg. 79 (Essay)
Fred Halsted. "Domination by Submissive men" Drummer Vol. 3 No. 22 1978 pg. 79 (Essay)
Jack Fritscher. "Dirty Poole" Drummer Vol. 4 No. 27 1978 pg. 14 (Index)
Harold Fairbanks. "The All-Male Film" Stallion Vol. 1 No. 2 May 1982 pg. 22 (Essay)
"The All-Male Film part 2" Stallion Vol. 1 No. 3 Jun. 1982 pg. 24 (Essay)
Robert W. Richards. "Fred Halsted" Stallion Vol. 3 No. 2 May 1984 pg. 60 (Interview)
T.U.. "New Videos: Breaker Blue" Manshots Vol. 1 No. 4 Mar. 1989 pg. 27 (Review)
"Fade Out: Fred Halsted (1941-1989)" Manshots Vol. 2 No. 2 Oct. 1989 pg. 74 (News)
Bill Bottiggi. "The Gay Film Heritage: Fred Halsted" Manshots Vol. 2 No. 4 Jan. 1990 pg. 6 (Essay/Pictures)
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