But who was Sam Pasco? I turned to Umberto Lenzi, the director of Ironmaster, but he couldn’t give me any answer – except that Mr Pasco was dead. So I asked Sergio Martino, the brother of the producer Luciano Martino, but he heard the same thing: Mr Pasco is dead. But he recommended me to try to contact him with the help of a medium, I might do that some day. So I turned the mighty Google and found a man, probably dead, with a more interesting career than I could imagine…
Let me introduce you to Big Max:
Colt Studio Group (If the look is Masculine, the name is COLT!) started in San Francisco in 1967, founded by famous erotic photographer Jim French. They produced glossy magazines, movie loops and various erotica with well-endowed muscular men. One of them was Sam Pasco, but he early took the name Big Max for his new movie career. As a gay man (I guess, many straight men worked and still works in this biz) and also a bodybuilder it seemed to be the perfect place to earn some money and fame. Sam also did covers for Colt Men, Mandate, Honcho and also for bodybuilding magazines like The Physical Man.
Somehow he finally got the lead in Ironmaster. How? No idea, but I guess he did audition like most actors and probably kept his gay-career from the resume, only telling them about his bodybuilding-career. Part of Ironmaster was shot in the US, South Dakota, so they probably had auditions in the US too.
In 1983, the same year as Ironmaster was released in Italy and other parts of the world, he was back in his old trade and you could find this amazing little ad in the pink pages, under models. Offering his “services” with the promise of a “movie star”, I guess both from the Colt movies (as mentioned in the ad) and maybe even Ironmaster. The same year he came in fourth in AAU Mr. America (Amateur Athletic Union) and the year after, he finished at ninth place. Both in heavyweight class.
So what movies DID Sam Pasco do actually? This is my guess:
Grease Monkey (Colt Studio)
Cli-Max (some kinda lifestyle/work out video - more info!)
Jogging with Big Max and Bruno (aka Jogging, for Bullet/Target)
Bullet Pack (Bullet/Target)
Ironmaster (1983, Umberto Lenzi)
He probably did more porn than this, and maybe under another alias: Mike Spanner. Dunes was, what I’ve read, under that name.
And there ends the history of Sam Pasco. No one, so far, knows what happen to him. Lenzi and Martino heard he’s dead, which could be a possibility. But me, I sincerely he hope he sits in some bar bragging about his old career, having a great time with some buddies. Or maybe remembering the past while looking out at the sea, watching the sun goes down once again over his beach bungalow.
Well, that wasn't the end to be honest. Since I wrote it two guys has updated me with some info and memories, which gives some important clues about what happen to him:
Thanks guys! I appreciated this info a lot!
(If you know more about the life and destiny of Sam Pasco, drop me a line and I will update this article. I would appreciate it a lot…)
I also would like to thank Umberto Lenzi, Sergio Martino and Joel S:t Germaine for trying to help me in my search for Sam Pasco.