Scotty Bowers, Sex Procurer for Gay Stars in Old Hollywood, Dies at 96

Bowers was the subject the 2017 doc ‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’

Scotty Bowers

Scotty Bowers, the legendary Hollywood sex-fixer who was the subject of the 2017 documentary film “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” has died at the age of 96.

“Scotty Bowers July 1, 1923 – October 13, 2019,” read a tweet from Bowers’ official Twitter page posted Monday, followed by a quote from the film: “And remember… it’s as good as it gets right now, baby.”

Bowers first told his story in his 2012 memoir “Full Service,” which detailed his days running a gas station on Hollywood Boulevard in the 1940s, from whence he connected male and female sex workers to gay and bisexual Hollywood types across the industry.

Whether his clients were hooking up in the station’s bathrooms (or in a convenient on-site trailer), or going back up to their mansions for a “dip in the pool,” Bowers claims to have personally serviced or provided companions for hundreds, many of them marquee names.

“Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” also details how a handsome young Bowers, fresh out of the army, got propositioned by actor Walter Pidgeon at the gas station one day and soon became Tinseltown’s go-to sex-fixer. Bowers didn’t like to be referred to as a “pimp,” however, since he says he never took money from anyone he procured; some of his former cohorts attested to this on camera.

Bowers boasted that he fixed up Cary Grant and Rock Hudson, and set Katharine Hepburn up with dozens of women. He also claimed to provide companions to heterosexual stars including Vivian Leigh and Desi Arnaz and to have personally shared a bed with J. Edgar Hoover.

The director of “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” Matt Tyrnauer, is also behind the 2019 film “Where’s My Roy Cohn,” about the lawyer best known as Joseph McCarthy’s chief counsel during the Army-McCarthy hearing, and who later served as a mentor to those like Roger Stone and Donald Trump.