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Max Maslansky

The Edge of Night

Los Angeles | November 15 - January 10 2015

5 Car Garage presents paintings by Max Maslansky of Dennis Posa, aka Dennis Parker, aka Wade Nichols (1946 – 1985), an actor and singer from Freeport, New York who started his career in pornographic films. His first feature film role was probably in the 1975 gay adult film Boynapped! He subsequently appeared mostly in straight porn films shot in New York and Los Angeles.

In 1979, under the name of Dennis Parker, he recorded a solo disco album on Casablanca Records entitled "Like an Eagle", produced by Village People creator/producer Jacques Morali. Buoyed by his singing career, Posa (still as Dennis Parker) joined the cast of the mainstream television soap opera "The Edge of Night" in 1979 as Police Chief Derek Mallory. All the while, he continued to appear in pornographic films as Wade Nichols.

Having contracted the AIDS virus and seriously ill by October 1984, Posa was unable to continue working on "The Edge of Night", and his character was written out of the show. He died in March of that year. (According to a persistent rumor, the cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but this has never been confirmed.) In a tribute to Posa in a 1985 issue of Soap Opera Digest, fellow "Edge of Night", actor Ernie Townsend wrote, "He died in early January after a long and painful illness that took away a talent in its prime."