The Hardest (Working) Man In Showbiz
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The Hardest (Working) Man In Showbiz

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  2,027 ratings  ·  170 reviews

He's the porn world's Everyman. Blessed with an enormous "talent" yet average looks, he's starred in more than 1,700 adult films, directed 250 of them, and over the last twenty years has become porn's biggest ambassador to the mainstream. He's appeared in 60 regular films, 14 music videos, and VH1's Surreal Life, starred in the critically acclaimed Porn star (a movie about

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Published February 5th 2007 by HarperCollins Entertainment
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Natalie
Well, that was the most entertaining read I've had since Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. It's a sweet little tale of how a nice Jewish boy from Queens was blessed with a 10-inch penis (like Kurt Vonnegut said, you never know who'll get one) and pursued his acting and comedy career only to more or less accidentally get into porn during its Golden Age in the late 70s/early 80s.

You want anecdotes about the intersection of porn and Hollywood's elite? They're in here. Sex tips from Dr. Ron Jeremy?...more
Karen Stinneford
I first "met" Ron Jeremy when he was a contestant on MTV's "The Surreal Life" with televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy who genuinely liked women. He comes across much the same way in his book -- an affable yellow lab puppy who keeps dropping a slobbery ball at your feet because he wants to play with you. I don't share his perspective on human sexuality. He ascribes absolutely no ethics or sentimentality to sex whatsoever; to him, it simply is physical act you do,...more
Luke
This book was not as interesing as I assumed it would be. This is not to say it was terrible, it jsut got repetative after a while.

The book seems to be after a bit the story of Ron Jeremy: Namedropper. He spends a great protion of the book detailing his brushes with fame and the people he has had sex with over the years, famous and random.

One of the most interesting sections though is when he is describing the problems he and all of his crew had with the law. This was during the time when there...more
Cyndi
Actually 3.5 stars, better than expected.

Mr. Jeremy makes no excuses for his life's path, but does make a point to mention , more than once, that he never intended to be a porn legend.

He was very blase about the super sexual lifestyle of a porn star, and his personal sexual stories. I am positive that this tale would cause salivation in a Freudian analyst, but honestly some does come across as stereotypical and obvious.

I was surprised to find that Mr.Jeremy has a Master's Degree in Spec. Ed., is...more
Tabitha Beck
OMG--this man is incredible--so highly educated and well brought up and gives a whole new meaning to renaissance man...
a classically trained pianist?? and violinist? degrees in special education...
I won't go into all the rest--but this book is amazing--I am barely into it--we found it last night...
I love it!


Ok--so--after having read the entire book--I am utterly amazed.
So, yes, there is A LOT of name dropping. The man wants to be a legitimate actor, not just known for his...third leg...if I were...more
Sara
Jun 12, 2011 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: librarian
Shelves: 2011, memoir
I was surprised when a librarian recommend this book and even more surprised to discover that it was actually pretty good. In this autobiography, Ron Jeremy comes across as funny, likable, and as more than just the famous porn star that everyone's heard of. He's very educated, passionate about animals, plays piano and violin, never touches drugs, barely drinks, and is constantly striving to be considered a real actor.

Although the stories in this book go back to his childhood, the majority of it...more
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
I was in two minds about this book. Mr Jeremy is an engaging personality and the book was well written and presented. It gave a fascinating look into the world of pornography. I found it extremely interesting and up to a point entertaining. What spoiled the book for me and made the difference between a three and two star rating was Jeremy's obsessive tuft-hunting (as this review should be G-rated I don't like to use the more popular, and more apt, expression). The huge volume of boring rubbish a...more
Astrid
I don't really know what to make of this book. It's not too poorly written, and the first part is really ok read.



Then the name-dropping begins. And it's really, really annoying. It makes it hard to read when there are comments on every page that tells of stories about how a house they once filmed in later would belong to this or that celebrity, or how some one they met was related to some actress, blah blah blah.



Another thing is the total lack of reflection of the porn industry as such. No, I...more
Kristal Cooper
Ron Jeremy is a movie slut in every possible way. Most of his memoir is dedicated to detailing every instance he's appeared in mainstream news, print, plays, TV skits and movies. He even brags about stars who have been seen with him in public, bands who've let him introduce their concert appearance, famous people who've just mentioned his name... (I am absolutely not kidding here!) He goes so far as to list the times he's been thanked in the credits to a movie or book!



That's not to say that thi...more
Kim
Unlike Wil Wheatons book I had a bit more of an idea of what I'd be in for with this book. And I wasn't surprised in some ways but I was in others.

For started Ron doesn't hide or censor anything. He just, excuse the pun, lets it all hang out there. He has had an incredible and unconventional life and it's really interesting to have a peer into it. Yes a lot of the book is talking himself up and who he knows but why not. It's his book and I would do the same thing.

I was surprised to find him bot...more
Duncan Mandel
EDITORIAL REVIEW:

He's the porn world's Everyman. Blessed with an enormous "talent" yet average looks, he's starred in more than 1,700 adult films, directed 250 of them, and over the last twenty years has become porn's biggest ambassador to the mainstream. He's appeared in 60 regular films, 14 music videos, and VH1's *Surreal Life*, starred in the critically acclaimed *Porn star* (a movie about his life), and in *Being Ron Jeremy* (a take off on *Being John Malkovich*), co-starring Andy Dick. And...more
Russell
This is with out a doubt some of the worst writing I've ever read. OK-- I get it he's well endowed and knows lots of rock stars and lots of C and D grade celebrities. The chapter on his legal trouble wasn't that interesting. The history lesson on the earlier days of porn wasn't that interesting and the chapter on his relationship (yeah right) trouble with the woman he professed romantic feeling for was just sad. I tried to look at this book as campy sleazy fun, but it just bored me.
Derek
Well done, sir. Funny, well-paced, informative... What more could one ask for in an autobiography? Also, learning fascinating things about famous people (check out who Ron Jeremy went to school with, f'rinstance) is something I'm a sucker for. All in all, a pretty quick read, although anyone who's looking for a tell-all book or a description of what it's like to sleep with [insert name here] is probably going to be disappointed.
Liz
I read this years ago and forgot about it until I happened to see Ron Jeremy's video version of "Wrecking Ball" (the Miley Cyrus song). I remember the book wasn't necessarily the most well-written feat of literature I enjoyed that year, but really, who would read Ron Jeremy for the prose? Entertaining light read.
Петър Стойков
Знаете Рон Джереми - дебелия, космат чичко със смешен мустак и питон в гащите, който участва практически във всички по-стари порнофилми.

Разбира се, Рон не винаги е бил дебел (всъщност доста мускулест е на младини), но просто е най-успешният актьор в бранша и участва в над 3000 филма в продължение на 40 години.

Благодарение на това, на идиотското си чувство за хумор и на това, че е доста умен, той се превръща в нещо като говорител на индустрията, участва във всички документални филми за нея, шоута...more
Mandy
A total disappointment. What kind of porn star writes a book and professes to be a good actor and a comedian throughout the entire thing? YAWN.

We're here to read about the sex, Ron.
Love
Not really what I exspected..He is a name dropper that is for sure. His writing got very boring very quick..Not one of my favorite books thats for sure.
MiLi
Hace poco vi un documental que muestra la vida de quienes se dedican a la pornografía y qué sucede con ellos cuando abandonan el negocio. Se llama After Porn Ends y fue muy interesante porque plantea un tema en el que no pensamos frecuentemente: las vidas que cambian y se modifican a partir de una ocupación inusual.

Cuando vi que había una autobiografía de Ron Jeremy, pensé que me encontraría con el mismo planteo: un costado íntimo de una de las estrellas porno (y de la cultura pop) más importan...more
Matty
An amusing book, actually! Although at times it really does feel like a simple collection of pornstar anecdotes, it does give a point of view from inside the porn world that isn't very well-known from the public. Nowadays, we keep hearing these awful stories of abuse and violence in the adult industry, but we also forget that it wasn't always like this. Ron Jeremy was at the forefront of the emergence of more "mainstream-accepted" porn, which he describes as radically different from the world ev...more
Lori
While the first third or so of this book is mildly entertaining and interesting, the last two-thirds are all about the name-dropping (celebrities he's met &/or partied with), disjointed stories about sex clubs, life in porn, well-meaning (?!) sex tips, and his ongoing struggle to be accepted in mainstream / commercial media. He's definitely got a great sense of humour, but very very often as I was reading, I caught myself thinking, "Oh, God, get over yourself!" There were far too many random...more
Lucy Black
I was a bit appalled by some of the anecdotes in this book and not because of any of the sexual material. Compared to other porn star biographies I have read, the sex parts were actually pretty tame which was a nice change.

No, I was surprised by the sort of passive aggressive cruelty in the jokes he would relate and the conversations he would repeat that he would have with people. None of it came across as witty or funny to me but mostly just plain ugly. Especially the section where he makes all...more
Sean
This is my first EVER review of a book, and seeing as i take a lot from the reviews on this website, I feel like i should at least help contribute with my own, probably pointless, view, so here goes.

I picked this up at a local charity shop and breaking away from my normal quick search of GoodReads, I purchased for a whole 50 pence puresly on impulse.

Well I will say this is an average book and if the 1/2 rating was applicable I would have chosen a 2.5 score. Firstly I would like to point out that...more
Sarah
Unless you've lived under a rock for the last thirty years, you know who Ron Jeremy is. Porn star extraordinaire Jeremy provides a glimpse into his life in this entertaining autobiography (written with a ghostwriter). Jeremy describes how he broke into porn and why he stayed, even though he longed for a mainstream film career.

Now, I don't know how much of this is Jeremy and how much is his ghostwriter (which I actually didn't find mention of until the second epilogue), but it's not terrible writ...more
Joe
Simply put, this book is Ron Jeremy's - or Ron Hyatt's, to use his real name - kiss-and-tell of the bad boys and girls of showbiz. Jeremy details, frequently ad nauseam, his involvement with celebrities across the board, focusing on the more sordid aspects of their contact with him. If airing the dirty laundry of tinseltown's favourites gets you off, then you'll love this book; if clinical descriptions of the various sex positions preferred by different celebrities makes you nauseous, you'd best...more
Tfitoby
When I say I would've preferred to read less anecdotes about Ron's sexploits you may, in a sarcastic incredulous tone ask what exactly I was expecting when I picked up the memoirs of the biggest porn star of all time, and you may just be right in your assumption that my expectations were off.

Ron Jeremy, i've never seen one of his videos, i've heard tales of his large endowment sure, but my only real experience with him is as a legitimate actor and several quotes about how he's still a licensed k...more
Mainon
I don't think I particularly like Ron Jeremy much after reading this book -- he comes across as a bit defensive about his intelligence, his acting skills, and how hard he works -- but there are plenty of entertaining stories, more name-dropping than anyone could possibly want, and a slew of photos that were pretty small on my Kindle but probably fun to look at in a hardcopy format. He definitely has a sense of humor, and the book is written in an extremely informal, conversational style that mad...more
Craig Foster
Ron Jeremy began his porn career in the late seventies and has made over 1,700 films. Jeremy isn't drug-addicted, rarely drinks, and has lived to tell the tale (several of them, actually.) Surprisingly, Ron is also a classically trained pianist and violinist, has a Masters degree in Special Education, holds a brown belt in Kung Fu, and has been honored by PETA as an Ambassador Of Goodwill.

Growing up in a normal and supportive family, Ron stumbled into the porn industry when his then-girlfriend...more
Lisa
I had this sitting on my pc with a bunch of other ebooks I downloaded a while back. I was recently looking through them for something new to read when I came across it. I downloaded it to my Kindle and begin reading that night. It was really interesting to read about Ron's childhood and how he actually wanted to be an actor from the very start.

Ron kind of "fell" into the porn industry not realizing how extremely popular he would become. Over the years Ron has continued to perform in porn as wel...more
Jennifer
I read this book largely because I loved Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star and thought it might be interesting to read the autobiography of Jenna's male counterpart in porn super-stardom. As it turns out, Ron's story isn't NEARLY as depressing as Jenna's. Her memoirs detailed abuse, drugs, emotional problems and even a gang rape, while Ron Jeremy's tale of "how I got into the adult film industry" is pretty straight-forward and breezy: He had a big penis and wanted to be in movies...more
Sebbe P
I really don't like biographies written by the celebrities themselves in general, and that was the feeling I had when I started reading this book. Don't misunderstand me, it was good and worth reading. But the thing that always bugs me when a person have written a book about himself/herself is that you don't know how much horse manure it contains to get your attention.

Ron is funny. Ron is entertaining. Ron is a porn star. If we for one minute say that every word in this book is true and review i...more
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Ronald Jeremy Hyatt (born March 12, 1953), usually called Ron Jeremy, is an American pornographic actor. Nicknamed "The Hedgehog," he was ranked by AVN at number one in their "The 50 Top Porn Stars of All Time" list. Jeremy has also appeared in non-pornographic films, such as The Boondock Saints and 54.

He is well known for his large 9.75-inch (~24.75cm) penis – and he has gained some notoriety for...more
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