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Randone (MySpace photo)
The man in jail on charges he tortured and murdered a former adult movie actress is an ex-preacher who dabbled in show business.

Brian Lee Randone, 45, holds a bachelor's degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and a master's of divinity degree from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, according to a brief 1996 biography on the Baylor University Web site.

Investigators say Randone suffocated his girlfriend, 31-year-old Felicia Lee, inside a Monrovia apartment last week. He is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

Lee appeared in a number of adult movies and photo shoots under the stage name "Felicia Tang."

Felicia Lee (DMV photo)

Randone, 45, worked as a mime on the campus of Baylor University in Texas in 1996. He also appeared in the 2000 Fox reality show "The Sexiest Bachelor in America."

The former preacher would seem an interesting match for Lee.

She modeled for videos aimed at the import car subculture and appeared in numerous magazines and calendars, and on Playboy television, according to her now-defunct Web site. Her credits in mainstream movies include appearances in "Rush Hour 2" and "The Fast And The Furious."

She also appeared in adult films including "Doctor Patient Privilege," which was produced by Red Dragon, a Van Nuys-based adult entertainment company.

An industry acquaintance who directed Lee's appearance in the soft-core feature "Hotel Decadence" recalled the actress as talented and upbeat.

"We've worked with her off and on for quite a few years," said the director, who identified himself only as Robby. "She was always pretty happy on set and laughing, and she always helped the crew get through the day."

He said Lee was professional and easy-going.

A biography on Lee's former Web site says the actress was born in Singapore and moved to Australia to study, before relocating with her family to Southern California.