The son of an upper-middle-class couple from tiny Winnetka, Illinois, male pornstar Paul Thomas starred on Broadway by age 22. Later he moved to Hollywood, and after tiring of the show biz rat race, to San Francisco. There Paul Thomas met pornographers Jim and Art Mitchell in 1974, and the meeting changed his life. As an actor in sex films, Thomas´ perception of the adult industry was that of an extension of the hippie lifestyle he had come to embrace in San Francisco. Born April 17, 1947, Thomas worked with all the big names in adult films, from Seka to Traci Lords. At the age of 35, he switched from acting to directing, and has gone on to become the "auteur in residence" at Vivid. The AVN Hall of Fame inductee shoots 20 projects a year, including eight films, and has won all the major industry awards, including Best Film and Best Director.