I’ll be posting a new Legendary Studs of Yore poll soon, but first I wanted to post the 3rd place winner from the last one. Legendary COLT Man John Pruitt managed to make a lasting impression on the collective memory of fans of the male form. No matter if you prefer your beefcake smooth or hairy, we have some images for you.
A native of Champaign, Illinois, future COLT Man John Pruitt’s started out as star Drury University Hall of Fame swimmer Jim Yount. A dominant force on the “Panthers” for four years, Yount was a team co-captain his sophomore, junior and senior years as well as a multiple national champion, multiple All-American and multiple national record holder. As a Senior, Yount earned his team MVP honors at the 1981 NAIA national meet and helped lead them to Drury’s first national championship. I bet he was a sight to behold. Yount’s successes gave him the chance to meet childhood hero and Olympic gold medalist Mark Spitz (whom I bet was just as glad to meet him up close and personal).
In the mid to late 80′s under his real name of Jim Yount, he starred in a multi-part series of instructional VHS exercise /bodybuilding videos called "Building the Body Beautiful." Also in the series is fellow future Colt model Jeff DeYoung. With the face of the cornfed boy next door and the heroic physique of a Greek God tightly clad in the tank tops and then-popular ever so short shorts of the time, Jim Yount flexes his way through his free weight workout while explaining it all step by step in his deep sexy voice. They should release these on a DVD.
Most if not all the nudes found in this gallery date from a period following his exercise video when he became one of the most popular models shot regularly by COLT photographer Jim French for COLT Studio’s homoerotic books, magazines and calendars. French’s amazingly iconic images speak for themselves and make it clear why John Pruitt hold a special place in the history of hunks. Prints of many of these phenomenal photos are available at Jim French‘s website. Images and video of John Pruitt can also be found on Legendary Bodies a softcore DVD compilation from COLT.
I’ve scoured the net looking to see if I could find any other pseudonyms or additional details such as when he started working for COLT, how many covers he was on, as well as information on whether he competed professionally as a bodybuilder and if so did he hold any titles. But thus far to no avail. So please leave a comment or send me a message if you know anything of interest. I’d be especially interested in personal anecdotes and info on any bodybuilding competitions he may have won or placed in.
I’ve sent messages to Jim French’s website, as well as to COLT asking for any additional information or anecdotes about this beautiful Legendary Stud of Yore. Hopefully I’ll hear back soon, but I couldn’t hold back from sharing these images any longer.
Even his old buddies at COLT have lost track of him, but
thanks to those who sent me information (C L, Bob) I’ve managed to get a bit more info. According to Jim Yount’s Ryze and Naymez profiles, he’s living with a wife and 2 sons in Coto de Caza, California, and has been working as a financial services executive since 1993. In addition, he also also recently developed and co-produced a movie entitled Warrior, starring Twilight actors Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene. Warrior chronicles the development of a high school lacrosse player who befriends a Marine after his father dies in Iraq and is based on a story created by Jim Yount. s to why he vanished from the nude modeling scene… he’s also described as a “Born-again Christian.” What a waste.
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