Michael Lucas (born March 10, 1972, Moscow, Russia) is an American gay pornographic actor, director and the founder/CEO of Lucas Entertainment, New York's largest gay-adult-film company.
The New Republic dubbed Lucas "Gay Porn's Neocon Kingpin", and the New York City media have called him the "Lion of Chelsea" and the "last of the New York porn moguls". He contends that his film Michael Lucas' La Dolce Vita is the most expensive gay porn film ever made, with a budget of $250,000 and multiple celebrity cameos. In 2009, Lucas was inducted into the GayVN Hall of Fame, noted for "his stature as an A-list director and performer". He was included in a 2009 New York magazine feature about people who made it to the top, but arrived to the city with very little.
Lucas is particularly well-known for his activism and outspokenness. His criticism of drug use and his sponsorship of public service ad campaigns about the dangers of unprotected sex in the gay community led Harvey Fierstein to interview him for The Advocate. Growing up, Lucas experienced the antisemitism of the Soviet Union, which led him to form a strong connection with his Jewish identity and the state of Israel. This connection is the foundation of a worldview that has attracted controversy. His New York Blade columns on Ultra-Orthodox Judaism and Islam sparked a campus debate at Stanford University in February 2008 when Lucas was invited to give a speech to students.