Michael Lucas has become the most mainstream adult entrepreneur in the world and has unparalleled longevity with 16 years and counting in the industry.
He was born in Moscow in March of 1972 to an engineer and a linguist. He had a very difficult time growing up gay and Jewish in homophobic and anti-Semitic Communist Russia.
He graduated as a lawyer in 1994 from The Moscow Law Academy where he majored in international law. In May of 1995, he left for Munich, where he started working as an adult performer in both gay and straight films.
In 1997 he moved to New York City and opened his own adult film company, Lucas Entertainment in 1998.
Lucas Entertainment quickly became one of the top gay adult companies in the world and the biggest on the east coast. Today, the company occupies 5,000 square feet in the heart of NYC.
For several years, he has written columns for many magazines, including a very opinionated and controversial regular column in The Advocate and OUT on social and political issues, Speaking regularly at universities such as Stanford, Yale and Oxford, he discusses social, political, and sexual issues.
He has been on the cover of hundreds of magazines worldwide and has been profiled in many mainstream publications.
In 2009, he became a citizen of Israel, denouncing his Russian citizenship in 2010 over Russian homophobia and anti-Semitism.
He was the first celebrity to openly promote the use of PrEp (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) and appeared on HuffPost Live to discuss the issue.
Lucas directed and produced 2 documentaries, Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land, to show his love for Israel and help promote tourism & Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda, to help spread light on the anti-gay laws that were adapted in the country.
With his unique character, activism, and distinction, he is at the forefront of his industry and beyond. Gay newsmagazine The Advocate said, “Michael Lucas has used the stardom porn gave him as a platform to speak out against drugs, unsafe sex, child exploitation, anti-Semitism, religious oppression of gays, and a host of other social problems.”