Adams was a boxer and bouncer before entering the pornographic film industry in the early 1980s, shortly after his sister Amber Lynn began her adult film career.  He made his directorial debut with the 1988 movie Squirt .  He performed in over 600 movies and directed about 80. 
Adams died on October 28, 2008 due to complications from heart failure. He died at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles, with his daughter Christa, his sister Amber Lynn, and his close friend Harold Jenkins at his side. Adams had survived several heart attacks during the 1990s. Just before his death he built a studio where he intended to produce Internet videos.