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Manuel Ferrara

Manuel Ferrara

Manuel Jeannin (born 1 November 1975), known professionally as Manuel Ferrara, is a French pornographic actor and director.[2]

Ferrara has won 64 adult industry awards including six AVN Awards as Male Performer of the Year, and was inducted to the AVN and XRCO Halls of Fame.[7]

**List of awards and nominations received by Manuel Ferrara**
Manuel Ferrara
Manuel Jeannin

(1975-11-01)1 November 1975[1]
Le Raincy, France[2]
Other namesManu, Manuel, Manuel Ferrera, Manu Ferrara, Emanuel Ferrara, Manu Ferraro, Manu Ferrera, Manual Ferrara, Manu Gaussian, Manuel Ferrara, grand chibrax[1]
Years active1997-Present[1]
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Weight187 lb (85 kg; 13.4 st)[1]
Dana Vespoli
(m. 2005;div. 2012)
Kayden Kross (m. 2012)
Websitemanuelferrara.com [56]
Total number of wins and nominations

Early life

Ferrara was born in Le Raincy, France and raised in nearby Gagny.[2] He was born to a French father and a Spanish mother. His father was an electrician and his mother was a cleaning lady who had immigrated to France. He lost his father at the age of seventeen.[8] While attending college, he studied to become a P.E. teacher.[2]


Ferrara shot his first hardcore scene in 1997 during his studies, after answering an ad in a French pornographic magazine.[9] He then started a career as a professional porn actor, appearing in various French and European productions. He chose the stage name Manuel Ferrara because of his passing resemblance to boxer-turned-actor Stéphane Ferrara.[8]

Ferrara became a protégé of Rocco Siffredi, who recommended him for a role in John Stagliano's Fashionistas in which he made his American debut.[10][8] In 2002, he appeared in blockbuster hit Snoop Dogg's Hustlaz: Diary of a Pimp.[11] In 2003, he started directing gonzo pornography for Platinum X Pictures, a subsidiary of Red Light District Video.[12] In 2004, he began directing for Red Light.

After working for Red Light District for the two years, Ferrara began directing for Evil Angel in May 2006.[13] His first Evil Angel film was Evilution, starring Naomi, Melissa Lauren and featuring the comeback of Nici Sterling.[10] Since then, he has directed several porn series, including Fucked on Sight, Slutty & Sluttier, Raw, Evil Anal, Battle of the Sluts, Anal Expedition, Teen Cum Squad, Bangin' Black Boxes, Ass Attack, I'm Your Slut, Mindfuck and New Whores on the Block.[10][14]

On December 23, 2010, Ferrara appeared alongside Riley Steele in an episode of Manswers titled "Airplane Plane Hanger-On" to discuss their careers for the segment "How Can You Become A Porktastic Porn Star".[15]

On January 22, 2012, he became the first actor in history to win AVN's Male Performer of the Year four times.[7][16] He won AVN's Male Performer of the Year for a fifth time on January 18, 2014.[17]

Ferrara performed in about 2,200 videos in his pornographic career.[1]

In 2012, Ferrara appeared alongside pornographic actress Zoe Voss in an explicit sex scene for the mainstream film Starlet.[18]

Personal life

Ferrara was married twice. Ferrara married pornographic actress Dana Vespoli in January 2005.[3] The couple divorced seven years later.[4] They have three sons together.[6] Ferrara has a daughter with pornographic actress Kayden Kross.[5]

On August 11, 2016, Ferrara joined Twitch.tv [57] , where he hosts and interviews fellow actors and actresses from the adult entertainment industry. He has recently started streaming video games, such as Fortnite, Mortal Kombat and some old arcade games, he usually tops the twitch charts as the most watched french streamer, and frequently receive large sums of money from his following.

On September 29, 2017 he featured in "Porn directors podcast[1] [58] " where he for two hours talked about his upcoming projects and goals.

Awards and nominations

Manuel Ferrara winning Male Performer of the Year at the 2010 AVN Awards show

Manuel Ferrara winning Male Performer of the Year at the 2010 AVN Awards show

AVN Awards
YearCategoryNominated workCo-nomineesResultRef(s)
2004Male Foreign Performer of the YearN/AN/AWon[19]
Best Group Sex Scene, VideoBack 2 EvilAshley Long, Julie Night and Nacho Vidal
2005Male Performer of the YearN/AN/A[20]
Best Couples Sex Scene, VideoStuntgirlVenus
2006Male Performer of the YearN/AN/A[21]
Best Anal Sex Scene (Video)CumshittersKatsumi
2007Best Sex Scene Coupling (Film)EmperorJanine[22]
Best Sex Scene Coupling (Video)Slave Dolls 2Tiffany Mynx
Best Supporting Actor (Video)She BangsN/A
Best Three-Way Sex SceneFuck SlavesSandra Romain and Sasha Grey
2008Best Couples Sex Scene, VideoEvil Anal 2Jenna Haze[23]
Best POV ReleaseFucked on Sight 2N/A
Best POV SeriesFucked on Sight
2009Best Anal Sex SceneBig Wet Asses 13Sunny Lane[24]
Best Three-Way Sex SceneThe Jenny Hendrix Anal ExperienceDelilah Strong, Jenny Hendrix and Michael Stefano
Best Gonzo SeriesSlutty and SluttierN/A
Best Anal-Themed SeriesEvil Anal
2010Male Performer of the YearN/AN/A[25]
Best Anal-Themed SeriesEvil Anal
2011Best Couples Sex SceneKristina Rose Is SlutwomanKristina Rose[26]
Best Anal Sex SceneAsa Akira Is InsatiableAsa Akira
Best Anal-Themed SeriesEvil AnalN/A
Best Gonzo SeriesSlutty & Sluttier
2012Best Boy/Girl SceneThe Bombshells 3Lexi Belle[16]
Male Performer of the YearN/AN/A
Hottest Sex Scene (Fan Award)Babysitters 2BiBi Jones, Jesse Jane, Kayden Kross, Riley Steele and Stoya
Best Anal SeriesEvil AnalN/A
Best Big Butt SeriesPhat Bottom Girls
Best Gonzo Series
2013Best Anal Sex SceneOil Overload 7Brooklyn Lee[27]
AVN Hall of Fame inducteeN/AN/A[7]
Best Continuing SeriesSlutty & Sluttier[27]
Best Vignette ReleaseSlutty & Sluttier 16
2014Best Three-Way Sex SceneRemy 2Remy LaCroix and Riley Reid[17]
Male Performer of the YearN/AN/A
Best All-Sex ReleaseSlutty & Sluttier 18
Best Anal SeriesEvil Anal
Best Continuing SeriesSlutty & Sluttier
2015Best Anal Sex SceneInternal Damnation 8Adriana Chechik[28]
2019Male Performer of the YearN/AN/A[29][30]
Best Boy/Girl Sex SceneFemale of the SpeciesEvelyn ClaireNominated[31]
XBIZ Awards
YearCategoryNominated workCo-nomineesRef(s)
2009Male Performer of the YearN/AN/A[32]
2012Gonzo Series of the YearPhat Bottom Girls[33]
2014Best Scene – Feature MovieCode of HonorJesse Jane, Kayden Kross, Riley Steele, Selena Rose and Stoya[34]
2015Director of the Year – Non-Feature ReleaseMisha Cross Wide OpenKayden Kross[35]
2017Best Sex Scene – Gonzo ReleaseBlack Anal AssesN/A[36]
XRCO Awards
YearCategoryNominated workCo-nomineesRef(s)
2003New StudN/AN/A[37]
2004Male Performer of the Year[38]
Sex Scene (Couple)Babes in Pornland 14: Bubble Butt BabesJewel De'Nyle
Best Threeway Sex SceneMason's Dirty TricksJulie Night and Steve Holmes
2005Male Performer of the YearN/AN/A[39]
XRCO Hall of Fame inductee
2012Male Performer of the Year[43]
Best Gonzo SeriesRaw
[[LINK|lang_en|NightMoves_Award|NightMoves Awards]]
YearCategoryNominated workCo-nomineesRef(s)
2006Best Actor (Editor's Choice)N/AN/A[45]
2013Best Male Performer (Fan's Choice)[46]
Best Ongoing Series (Fan's Choice)RAW
2014Best Director – Non-Feature (Fan's Choice)N/A[47]
Hot d'Or Awards
YearCategoryNominated workCo-nomineesRef(s)
2009Best American Gonzo DirectorSlutty and SluttierN/A[48][49]
Best French Male PerformerN/A
Adam Film World Guide Awards
YearCategoryNominated workCo-nomineesRef(s)
2004Male Performer of the YearN/AN/A[50]


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