SAN FRANCISCO - John Leslie, who appeared in more than 300 adult films in the 1970s and '80s before moving on to directing, has died in Northern California.

Friends said that he died Sunday of an apparent heart attack at his Mill Valley home. He was 65.

Leslie, whose real name was John Nuzzo, won pornography industry awards as an actor and director. He appeared in such titles as "Cry for Cindy" and "Talk Dirty to Me," the 1980 film that solidified his status as porn's leading man.

Mark Kernes, senior editor of the adult film publication AVN, said that Nuzzo was a talented director with an artistic eye for detail. Nuzzo was inducted into the Legends of Erotica Hall of Fame, in Las Vegas, and AVN's Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Kathleen.

- Associated Press