An adult film star who got his start in pornographic films in the s. Holmes was born John C. Estes, August 8, , in Pickaway County, Ohio. He died March. Whenever John Holmes became aroused, lights in the building would momentarily dim, then return to normal. Sometimes small appliances. "Jennifer Sugar and Jill Nelson are the co-authors of John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches, the definitive biography of the porn legend was.