Ask the Flying Monkey: Did the Guy From “Fright Night” Really Do Adult Films?

This week: Who was gay in The Sound of

Music? Who’s gay on The Arrangement?

And what’s the real truth about that Fright

Night actor rumor?

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Q: Settle

the question once and for all: did the 1980s actor Stephen Geoffreys (who

played Ed in Fright Night) later go on

to do gay porn under the name "Sam Ritter" (and other pseudonyms)? It's

been suggested that it was his twin brother who acted in adult films, and not

Stephen. So do you know the truth behind the matter? I had the hugest

crush on him back in the day; there was something about him that I found

incredibly appealing. I've heard he may be re-starting a mainstream career---if

that's the case, I wish him luck. – Fred/OctoberCountry,


Stephen Geoffreys (left) in Fright Night. Inset porn star Sam Ritter.

A: You know, I really, really wanted to be able to

give you a definitive answer, because this, along with the (false) “Richard

Gere gerbil” and “Rod Stewart’s stomach pumped” urban legends, is among the

most persistent gay-related rumors of all time.

Here’s what I can say: the overwhelming

consensus among people who’ve studied the matter is that, yup, it was him. An

entertainment reporter for USA Today even states it outright.

And many other online sources claim to have

heard Geoffreys admit it at public events. There are even a few interviews with

small periodicals that claim the actor personally ‘fessed up to it.

But of course I take all of this was a grain of

Flying Monkey-flavored salt: if I didn’t see it or hear myself, I tend to be

very, very skeptical. If I’ve learned anything in my ten years of internet

journalism, it’s that even when “everyone” says something, it doesn’t mean

anything at all – because “everyone” can ultimately be basing their belief on

the same single incorrect or poorly-researched source.

So I contacted Geoffreys through his website

(Geoffreys is indeed attempting a comeback of sorts, with roles in a number of

upcoming indie horror movies).

I acknowledged how sick he must surely be of

this topic, but I also explained who I was and how many thousands of readers I

have. I told him everything I’m saying here: that the strong consensus was that

it was he in those films. Did he want to comment on that? Did he want to

correct the record?

I never heard back from him. Make of that what

you will.

Q: Who’s gay on The

Arrangement (the Logo reality show about floral designers)? Russ was

obnoxiously heterosexual, but all of the other men definitely ping my gaydar.

Except I thought I heard Eddie say something about having a wife. – Otto, Chicago,


A: Anil, Derek, and judge Eric

Buterbaugh are gay; Russ and Eddie are straight, as are all the

women on the show.

As for the show’s

break-out hottie, Guillermo, he

doesn’t talk about being gay on the show, but he tells us: "I can say, yes, I like man, and I

have no problem with people knowing." And he clarifies that he is, in

fact, single.

Clockwise from top left: Anil, Derek, Guillermo and judge Eric Buterbaugh

Next Page! Who was

gay in The Sound of


Q: Forgive me, but I couldn’t help but think

during the recent Oprah reunion of the cast of The Sound of Music that Nicholas Hammond, who played Friedrich,

reads a little gay. Is he? – Tyler, New York,

New York

Top: Nicholas Hammond (far left) in The Sound of Music.

Bottom: Hammond in a classic Brady Bunch episode (left) and a more recent photo of the actor.

A: Nicholas Hammond was previously married to a

woman and now lives with a female partner.

Incidentally, in addition to his role in The Sound of Music, Hammond played Doug

Simpson, the Brady Bunch high school

hunk who tells Marcia, “Something suddenly came up!” when she gets hit on the

nose by a football. But oh, does he get his


And before you ask, neither the actor who played

Kurt (Duane Chase) nor Rolfe (Daniel

Truhitte) in The Sound of Music is

gay either, although the late actor who played Max (Richard Haydn) reportedly


My readers being the wonderful,

knowledgeable folk they are will surely have plenty more to add on gay

contributions to The Sound of Music.

Q: Dear Winged Primate: As luck would have it, one

day last week I was listening to one of my favorite new artists that had been

introduced to me through a review on AE – Jake Walden. The song that was

playing was “Bleeding Love” which he rocks as a duet with Bonnie

Somerville. Later that evening I was re-watching one of my guilty pleasure

DVDs, the Zadon/Meron 2006 movie Wedding

Wars starring … Bonnie Somerville. My question to you all-knowing

primate is this: is it the same Bonnie Somerville? If so, how did she end

up doing such a soulful duet with Jake? And where did she get her musical

training. Based solely on this one song, it appears this lady can sing!Brian, North Hollywood,


A: They are

indeed the same person! Bonnie considers herself a singer and an actor, with

starring roles in the TV series Grosse


(2000), Kitchen Confidential (2005), and Cashmere Mafia (2009), where she played

a lesbian, and supporting roles on NYPD


and Friends (her character dated


But Bonnie,

who has a degree is musical theater from Boston College, also writes music (she

had a song on the Garden State soundtrack) and performs,

sometimes as part of Band from TV, which is a cover band made up of TV actors

like James Denton and Greg Grunberg that donates all of their

earnings to charity.

Bonnie Sommerville (left) and The Band From TV

As for the

duet, Jake and Bonnie are good friends. Bonnie suggested the song, and Jake

spent the night figuring it out on the piano.

“She came over the next day, and sat on the piano bench next to me, and we

just started to sing,” Jake tells “It was just one of those

moments. It was like our voices were meant to be together. We got to the chorus

and started singing the harmonies and it was like the male and female version

of the same voice.”

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