When Robert Kerman took his role in Cannibal Holocaust he already had a good number of pornographic film roles under his belt.
It’s not everyday you see an actor go from adult films to the silver screen but it does happen and such is the case with Robert Kerman. Kerman, born December 16, 1947, first showed interest in acting during his freshman year while attending Lafayette High School in New York City. Later in college, Kerman would continue to pursue acting by taking night classes and attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts appearing in many of their productions. After college and getting his Bachelors Degree, Kerman took jobs like driving a taxi to help make ends meet when the acting couldn’t support him.
In 1974, Robert Kerman would step into the adult world of film and get a starring role in Anyone But My Husband. This film would lead Kerman to star in over 100 adult films including Debbie Does Dallas. While finding success in the adult film world, Kerman still tried to find roles that would get him his big break into Hollywood.
Having had a small role in Ruggero Deodato’s Conde Affaire ’79, Kerman was offered a role in Deodato’s new project Cannibal Holocaust thus securing his place in cult film history.
In his later life Kerman still accepted small roles most notably in Night of the Creeps (1986) and Spider-Man (2002). He was accepted into the AVN (Adult Video News) Hall of Fame in 1997 and would make appearances at horror conventions to discuss Cannibal Holocaust and his role.