It's reported the he first started performing for adult entertainment way back in May 1982, which would make this his anniversary month in the business. Ever since his earliest days in erotica, straight Tom Byron attracted a loyal gay fan base, thanks in no small part to the explosion of VCR machines and video tapes at a time when the initial fears of AIDS drove many gay men to the safety of porn (both gay and straight genres). Solo photo shoots (who was the intended audience for these photos?) suggest a slightly nervous skinny young man who appeared to be unpolished, and in physical aspects not your standard 1980s cookie-cutter model.
Tom looked like tens of thousands of horny teen aged guys, and many of his roles cast him as such. He was oftentimes playing the virgin getting lucky instead of the stud selecting which babe to screw next. In some respects his "average" appearance resembled many of the early smut models of the 1960s in that he looked like he could easily be the track team jock, the library book nerd, or the guy flipping hamburgers wearing a white paper hat at the local burger joint. He also went by the names Tim Byron, Tom Byrom, Tom Bryon, Tom Bryan, and Tommy Byron. It's been reported that between 1982 and 1990 Tom worked in nearly 1,000 films and videos.
Audiences were given the rare opportunity to watch Tom mature into manhood right on the screen. The slightly awkward clean-shaven adolescent gradually made way for a cocksure, long-haired stud with a tan. Along the way as he aged, his image gradually progressed to more of a mainstream business/working guy. In 2002, Tom announced his retirement from performing to focus on his directing career. By 2005, he had returned to performing. It's reported that Mr. Byron continues to perform in select films and also works as an independent producer/media marketer. Please stay tuned for a very interesting 'part two' to this story!
THROUGH THE YEARS WITH TOM BYRON