Allen Rucker

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Allen Rucker (born September 26, 1945) is an American writer and author. Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma,[1] he earned a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis (1967), an M.A. in American Culture from the University of Michigan (1969), and another M.A. in Communication from Stanford University (1977).[2]


He co-founded the video documentary group TVTV,[3] co-wrote (with Martin Mull) the award-winning cable series The History of White People in America, and more recently wrote the Emmy Award-winning documentary[4] "Two Days in October" for the PBS series American Experience. His nine books to date include three books on the TV series The Sopranos, including the New York Times #1 bestseller The Sopranos Family Cookbook, and a memoir about becoming paralyzed due to transverse myelitis at the age of 50: The Best Seat In The House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday and Was Paralyzed For Life. He has also co-written books with Martin Mull, Tom Green, and country star Gretchen Wilson.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Rucker lives in Los Angeles and is married with two sons. He also teaches in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.[2]


  1. ^ "The Bartian Chronicles: Famous Bartians!". City of Bartlesville. Retrieved 2011-02-19.
  2. ^ a b c "Allen Rucker" in Contemporary Authors Online. Gale. August 29, 2007.
  3. ^ Cooper, Chet & Friedman, Gillian. "Allen Rucker". ABILITY Magazine. Retrieved 2011-02-19.
  4. ^ "List of Creative Arts Emmy winners". USAToday. Associated Press. August 20, 2006. Retrieved 2011-02-19.

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