In 2005, he was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame. He was reported to have retired from the adult film industry in 2007 to pursue religious interests, but his career continued the next year. Boyer was raised as a Southern Baptist in South Carolina.
He preached when in his teens before studying history & religion at Southern Wesleyan University.
Boyer left college early to join the United States. Army and fight in the Vietnam War. On his return in 1975, he had expected to join the New York City Police Department, but the job offer was withdrawn.
A friend who was an actor suggested pornography, and Boyer filmed his first scene in the summer of 1976. He left pornography during the 1980s to rejoin the United States. military, serving as an East-4 specialist.
He returned to pornography in the 1990s.
Louis Theroux watched a porn shoot including Fontana for his 2005 book "The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures", calling him an "older guy, jolly, manic, overweight". However, he appeared in and directed adult films for Hustler Video from the following year and said to AVN that the newspaper had misrepresented him.