LOS ANGELES—Toby Dammit, a man who wore many hats in the adult industry since entering it straight out of film school in the early 1990s, passed away peacefully in his home at 10:07 p.m. New Year's Day, according to a posting Saturday by a close friend to his Facebook page.
Dammit suffered from a pulmonary embolism, the posting said, or a blod clot that started in his leg and circulated to his lungs.
Dammit's most recent public role in the industry was as host of the internet program "It's Just Porn, Dammit" on LATalkRadio.com, which stopped broadcasting in the fall of 2011. He continued on doing behind the scenes work in editing, graphic design and DVD authoring, all jobs he'd performed for many years, while also operating his own screen printing business, Dammit Tees.
Toby Dammit got his start in the business working for director Jeff Coldwater, and soon began shooting pro-am material for LBO Entertainment. In 1993 he directed the zombie porn schlocker Nympho Zombie Coeds for Visual Images, and shortly thereafter took over the editing of that company's big features and its pro-am series Uncle Roy's Amateur Home Videos, which he subsequently turned into his own offshoot series, Cousin Bubba's Cuntry Corn Porn.
Dammit went on to work for Sin City and at New Rave magazine under then editor Jef Hickey. Through his work for New Rave, he became friendly with Elegant Angel owner Patick Collins, who in 1997 gave him a shot to direct two volumes there of his own comedic series Elegant's Angels, a parody of Charlie's Angels casting Collins as Charlie and himself as Bosley.
Dammit also worked for rock star Glenn Danzig doing T-shirt and album cover design, as well as lettering on the comic book series Verotik. He continued to work off-and-on with Elegant in a variety of capacities over the years, including doing interviews for the studio's Arouse magazine.
Photo of Toby Dammit courtesy of his personal Facebook page.