Chi Chi LaRue

Chi Chi LaRue
Born Larry David Paciotti
(1959-11-08) November 8, 1959
Hibbing, Minnesota
Other names Lawrence David
Taylor Hudson

Larry David Paciotti (born November 8, 1959) is an American gay pornographic film director. He appears as the drag-diva persona Chi Chi LaRue, which is also the directorial credit name of Lawrence David and Taylor Hudson, who direct bisexual, gay, and heterosexual porn films.[1]


"Chi Chi LaRue" began when Paciotti moved to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area and began performing in drag as one-half of "The Weather Gals", a "hag drag" revue.[2] He and a friend moved to California and was hired by Catalina Video as an administrative assistant and publicist because of his knowledge of porn and the workings of the porn industry.[3] Even as a "DJ" ("DJ Paciotti"), Paciotti conducts most public business as "Chi Chi LaRue", and has a significant presence in the pornographic film industry moving up the line of responsibility and creativity so that he was soon directing high demand pornographic product.[2] LaRue has directed hundreds of gay porn films since 1988, mainly for Falcon Studios.[4] He now owns Catalina Video, a label under his umbrella company Channel 1 Releasing.[2]

In 2003, he began to divide his directorial time between: Vivid Video, where he gets along with much of the female talent, particularly Jenna Jameson and Tera Patrick.[4]

In March 2004, was preparing to leave to travel to London, to direct Taking Flight (the studios 2 part annual travelogue), but LaRue had a mild heart attack. Instead of abandoning the production, Falcon hired Chris Steele, the script's author to direct. In 2005, LaRue shot his last film for Falcon, called Heaven to Hell (the tale of an angel sexually tempted by the Devil and then cast into hell). It was the only movie to ever to be cast of Falcon exclusives.[4]

LaRue then divided his attention between Vivid Video; and his own Rascal Video.[4]

In 2006, LaRue announced that he would no longer produce films for Vivid Video because they were featuring actors and actresses having sex without condoms.[5]

In 2007, LaRue was chosen as one of Out magazine's Top 50 most influential people in the LGBT community.[2]

In August 2008, he directed the controversial bisexual film titled Shifting Gears. LaRue coined the term "straight-for-pay" (a play on word for "gay-for-pay"), to describe performer Blake Riley's first encounter with a woman.

In 2012, LaRue directed the music video for "Trouble" by RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Willam Belli, which premiered on Logo TV.[6]

In 2015, LaRue admitted himself into drug and alcohol treatment in Minnesota, feeling he was "near death", according to friend Kevin Molin. A GoFundMe account was set up for him on July 23, 2015.[7]


Chi Chi LaRue at the Free Speech Coalition's 13th Annual Night of the Stars Dinner

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