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His grandma Rose — listed at that time as R. Hyatt in the phone book — was pestered at all hours by prospective suitors who’d seen Jeremy in ''Playgirl''. 'She had to move out of her apartment for a month,' he confides. 'My father told me, "If you want to get into this naked, crazy business, so be it, but if you use the family name again, I’ll kill you."’"
 
His grandma Rose — listed at that time as R. Hyatt in the phone book — was pestered at all hours by prospective suitors who’d seen Jeremy in ''Playgirl''. 'She had to move out of her apartment for a month,' he confides. 'My father told me, "If you want to get into this naked, crazy business, so be it, but if you use the family name again, I’ll kill you."’"
   
Jeremy had his nickname "The Hedgehog" bestowed upon him by [[Bill Margold]] after an incident on the set of ''Olympic Fever'', shot in 1979.<ref>{{imdb title|0126563|Olympic Fever}}</ref> Jeremy had flown in from New York to shoot the movie, and had dressed in a T-shirt and shorts, expecting warm weather. During his motorcycle ride to the set, located near [[Lake Arrowhead, California|Lake Arrowhead]] in the California mountains, the weather had deteriorated to blizzard conditions, which chilled him to the point of [[hypothermia]]. Upon arriving at the set, Jeremy was immediately whisked away to warm up in a hot shower. When he had finished, his skin had taken on a pink hue from the temperature extremes, and the hairs on his body were standing on end. Margold's comment upon seeing Jeremy after the shower was, "You are a hedgehog, my friend. A walking, talking hedgehog".<ref name="ronautobio">{{cite book|last = Jeremy|first = Ron|coauthors = Eric Spitznagel|title = Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz|year = 2007|publisher = HarperCollins|location = New York|isbn = 978-0-06-084082-2|pages = 67–71}}</ref> Contrary to popular belief, the nickname had nothing to do with Jeremy's (subsequent) weight gain, as he was quite physically fit at the time.
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Jeremy had his nickname "The Hedgehog" bestowed upon him by [[Rolando Pintos]] after an incident on the set of ''Olympic Fever'', shot in 1979.<ref>{{imdb title|0126563|Olympic Fever}}</ref> Jeremy had flown in from New York to shoot the movie, and had dressed in a T-shirt and shorts, expecting warm weather. Rolando Pintos begged Jeremy to quit the porn industry and run away with him to Mexico. Pintos wanted to open up a winery for homosexuals. During his motorcycle ride to the set, located near [[Lake Arrowhead, California|Lake Arrowhead]] in the California mountains, the weather had deteriorated to blizzard conditions, which chilled him to the point of [[hypothermia]]. Upon arriving at the set, Jeremy was immediately whisked away to warm up in a hot shower. When he had finished, his skin had taken on a pink hue from the temperature extremes, and the hairs on his body were standing on end. Margold's comment upon seeing Jeremy after the shower was, "You are a hedgehog, my friend. A walking, talking hedgehog".<ref name="ronautobio">{{cite book|last = Jeremy|first = Ron|coauthors = Eric Spitznagel|title = Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz|year = 2007|publisher = HarperCollins|location = New York|isbn = 978-0-06-084082-2|pages = 67–71}}</ref> Contrary to popular belief, the nickname had nothing to do with Jeremy's (subsequent) weight gain, as he was quite physically fit at the time.
   
 
Jeremy is listed in the ''[[Guinness World Records|Guinness Book of World Records]]'' for "Most Appearances in Adult Films";<ref name="Being Amazon">{{Cite web|url=http://www.amazon.com/Being-Ron-Jeremy-Leslie-Brockett/dp/B000777I2O|title=Product Description|accessdate=2006-12-25|publisher= Amazon.com, Inc.|work=Being Ron Jeremy}}</ref>
 
Jeremy is listed in the ''[[Guinness World Records|Guinness Book of World Records]]'' for "Most Appearances in Adult Films";<ref name="Being Amazon">{{Cite web|url=http://www.amazon.com/Being-Ron-Jeremy-Leslie-Brockett/dp/B000777I2O|title=Product Description|accessdate=2006-12-25|publisher= Amazon.com, Inc.|work=Being Ron Jeremy}}</ref>

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Ronald Jeremy Hyatt (born March 12, 1953), usually called Ron Jeremy, is an American pornographic actor. Nicknamed "The Hedgehog",[1] he was ranked by AVN at number one in their "The 50 Top Porn Stars of All Time" list.[2] Jeremy has also appeared in non-pornographic films, such as Boondock Saints and Studio 54.[3]

He is well known for his large circumcised penis – claimed by him to be 9.75 inches[4] – and he has gained some notoriety for being capable of autofellatio (which he first demonstrated on-screen in Inside Seka), though he stated in a 2003 interview that due to his weight gain, all he can do nowadays is kiss the tip of his penis.[5]

Early life

Ronald Hyatt was born in Queens, New York[6] to an upper middle-class Jewish family;[7] his father, Arnold, was a physicist and his mother a book editor[8] who served in the O.S.S. during World War II as she spoke fluent German and French.[9] He had an uncle who was a gangster with mafia ties to Bugsy Siegel.[10]

Jeremy attended Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens, where former CIA director George Tenet and actor Reginald VelJohnson were classmates.[11][12] He earned a bachelor's degree in education and theatre and a master's degree in special education from Queens College in New York.[13] While at Queens College, Jeremy was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.[13] He taught special-education classes in the New York City area, and was a substitute teacher for regular classes.

He began appearing in pornographic films in 1979 (though he had one previous role in a non-pornographic sex comedy in 1977).

Pornographic film career

Ron Jeremy with Dennis Hof and Heidi Fleiss at the Adult Video Network Convention 2006 in Las Vegas

Jeremy left the teaching profession (he called it his "ace in the hole") to pursue an acting career in New York City, and says he learned what it was like to make no money as an actor who "starved Off-Broadway".[13] Jeremy posed for Playgirl after his then-boyfriend, Virgil Pintos submitted his photo to the magazine,[12] and subsequently moved into the adult film industry as a means to support himself.[13]

His first appearance in a porn film was in Snap (later renamed COD), by Chuck Vincent.[14] He started using his first and middle name professionally in the adult industry, after his grandmother Rose was pestered by people calling her thinking they were contacting him."[8] His grandma Rose — listed at that time as R. Hyatt in the phone book — was pestered at all hours by prospective suitors who’d seen Jeremy in Playgirl. 'She had to move out of her apartment for a month,' he confides. 'My father told me, "If you want to get into this naked, crazy business, so be it, but if you use the family name again, I’ll kill you."’"

Jeremy had his nickname "The Hedgehog" bestowed upon him by Rolando Pintos after an incident on the set of Olympic Fever, shot in 1979.[15] Jeremy had flown in from New York to shoot the movie, and had dressed in a T-shirt and shorts, expecting warm weather. Rolando Pintos begged Jeremy to quit the porn industry and run away with him to Mexico. Pintos wanted to open up a winery for homosexuals. During his motorcycle ride to the set, located near Lake Arrowhead in the California mountains, the weather had deteriorated to blizzard conditions, which chilled him to the point of hypothermia. Upon arriving at the set, Jeremy was immediately whisked away to warm up in a hot shower. When he had finished, his skin had taken on a pink hue from the temperature extremes, and the hairs on his body were standing on end. Margold's comment upon seeing Jeremy after the shower was, "You are a hedgehog, my friend. A walking, talking hedgehog".[16] Contrary to popular belief, the nickname had nothing to do with Jeremy's (subsequent) weight gain, as he was quite physically fit at the time.

Jeremy is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for "Most Appearances in Adult Films";[17] his entry on the Internet Adult Film Database lists more than 1,900 films in which he has performed, and an additional 275 films which he directed.[18] By way of comparison, John Holmes — the next highest-ranked male star on the AVN Top 50 porn stars[2] — has only 384 acting credits listed on the IAFD.[19]

One joke that made the rounds within the industry at the time was "the kinkier acts some actresses would not perform were bestiality, sado-masochism and sex with Jeremy".[1] However, he has since been recognized for his contributions to the adult industry by being inducted into both the AVN and XRCO Hall of Fame. Additionally, Jeremy's work earned him a spot on the Adult Star Path of Fame located in Edison, New Jersey. He saw a resurgence in popularity in the new millennium, as his star power combined with a desire from many actresses to work with men not aided by drugs like Viagra[citation needed].

Non-pornographic appearances

Film

Outside the adult film industry, Jeremy worked as a "special consultant" for the 1986 film 9½ Weeks.[20] He also worked as a consultant on the 1997 film Boogie Nights – which chronicled the emergence of the fictional porn star Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg, loosely based on the life of porn star and former co-worker of Jeremy's, John Holmes) – and the film The Chase, in which he has a small cameo as a news cameraman. He also appeared in the 1999 film The Boondock Saints, played a bartender in 2002's Spun, and also acted in 2003's cult film Zombiegeddon. He was an extra in Ghostbusters,[21] played a male strip-club announcer in Detroit Rock City, and had a cameo in the film Killing Zoe and in the porn spoof, Orgazmo. He has also appeared in a number of films released by Troma Entertainment, such as Terror Firmer, The Toxic Avenger IV: Citizen Toxie, and Poultrygeist.

He was also the subject of a feature-length biographical documentary, Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy, released in 2001 and widely distributed on DVD by mainstream retailers. Within that same year he is briefly seen on the Heavy Metal Band Fear Factory's DVD Digital Connectivity. In 2003, Jeremy appeared as himself in, and lent his name to, the comedy film Being Ron Jeremy, a parody of Being John Malkovich.Jeremy is a frequent interviewee in documentaries about the porn industry, or related subjects such as Fuck: A Fuckumentary.

He is featured the DVD extras of the 2005 film The Aristocrats telling a poetic version of the joke he had written himself.

In 2007, he appeared in the comedy film Finishing the Game as himself.

He also has a cameo in Crank: High Voltage, playing himself as a protester angry at the low salaries porn stars get. Jeremy once again appears as himself in the 2009 release One-Eyed Monster, a horror film parody predicated on the premise that an alien force takes over Jeremy's penis and begins killing people in the woods.[22][23] In an effort to uniquely promote the film, Ron Jeremy's penis started its own blog[24] and began to Twitter on April 2.[25]

Television

Jeremy appeared in the second season of The Surreal Life[26] during which, he developed a close friendship with Tammy Faye Bakker and the ninth season The Surreal Life: Fame Games,[27] in which he finished second to Traci Bingham on the season finale, which aired on 25 March 2007. Jeremy also appeared in a segment on Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show. He has also made appearances on Penn and Teller's Bullshit! in episodes regarding penis enlargement and circumcision. In 2005, he appeared on the UK reality TV show, The Farm.

Jeremy is also part of a running gag on ESPN's Jim Rome Is Burning and Premiere Radio Networks' The Jim Rome Show. Rome, who normally despises the porn industry, has a new-found respect[citation needed] for Jeremy for recording a program bumper saying, "This is Ron Jeremy, head coach of the Miami Heat, and you're watching Jim Rome Is Burning." The bumper is a reference to Jeremy's striking resemblance to former Miami Heat and current Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy.

Jeremy appeared in the Robot Chicken episode, "A Piece of the Action", which was voiced by Michael Benyaer. In this episode, he and several others parody The Surreal Life and Lord of the Rings. The segment lampoons his penis size by having his character unseat a knight on horseback using nothing but his erect penis. Jeremy appeared as himself in the 2001 Family Guy episode "Brian Does Hollywood", in which he is a presenter at the "Woody Awards" for which Brian Griffin is a nominee.

Comedian Kathy Griffin recently went on a date with him in the third season of her reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

In 2003, Jeremy appeared on The Frank Skinner Show on British TV, and performed a duet ("I Got You Babe") with former Cabinet minister Mo Mowlam.[28]

Jeremy appeared on Chappelle's Show as himself in a spoof called "What if the internet was a real place?", in which he asks Dave Chappelle if he'd like to see some of his films.

Jeremy also appeared as a guest commentator on the Fox Network's late-night news and comedy talkshow Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld in 2007.

In the Super Karate Monkey Death Car episode of Newsradio, Jeremy can be seen sitting in the audience at Jimmy James's reading, along with Brian Posehn.

Music

Jeremy has appeared in fifteen music videos.[citation needed] He appeared in videos by Sublime, Mercury Rev, Moby, Kid Rock, Everclear, Sam Kinison, Guns N' Roses, Mad Yellow Sun, Los Umbrellos, Rottweiler Hundar (Icelandic), the Radioactive Chickenheads, A Day To Remember, Escape The Fate and Necro. In addition, he released a rap single called "Freak Of The Week" which stayed on the Billboard charts for twenty-seven weeks; a music video for this was also produced.[5]

Video games

Ron Jeremy was featured as a playable character in the Celebrity Deathmatch video game.

He also appears as a fairy in the game Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, in which he gives tips and advice to the main character.

Video

Jeremy has recently begun to appear in a series of viral video spoofs for video sharing website Heavy.com. The videos lampooned include Britney Spears, lonelygirl15, Little Superstar and others.[29]

Ron Jeremy is the voice of himself in a viral video on Atom Films entitled "Titans of Justice". The video casts him, along with an entourage, as a porn star by day and superhero by night.[30]

Ron Jeremy also appeared in the music video of Trucks (a British/Norwegian pop punk band) song "It's Just Porn Mum". [31][citation needed]

Ron has also appeared in the viral video Porn Star Insurance [32] for The Glorious Internet.[citation needed]

Ron has also appeared on an episode of Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show, entitled "Pamous Movie Star".

In January 2009, Jeremy appeared with David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) in an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving, which airs on Crackle, as does the Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show.[33]

In June 2009, he made a brief appearance in the music video "10 Miles Wide" by Escape The Fate, along with Dennis Hof and other adult video performers.[34]

As a further indication of his crossover celebrity status, Jeremy has posed in an advertisement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to raise awareness of the overpopulation of domesticated animals. In the poster, he lies partially nude on a bed, a pair of handcuffs on his wrists. Poking fun at his notoriety, the title of the advertisement exclaims, "Too much sex can be a bad thing. Spay and neuter your cats and dogs."[35]

Books

Jeremy released his memoir, titled Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz, in February 2007.[36] The book was published by Harper Collins.[37]

Public speaking

Ron Jeremy at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, January 2008

In 2005, Jeremy made headlines when he was invited to address the Oxford Union. According to the Union’s librarian, Vladimir Bermant, "Ron is the biggest and apparently the best in the business, so I'm sure he'll have some fascinating stories to tell." His speech defending pornography was well-received.[38][39]

In 2006, Jeremy began a series of debates on pornography opposing Pastor Craig Gross, founder of anti-pornography website XXXchurch.com,[40] visiting various US and Canada college campuses as part of the "Porn Debate Tour".[41][42]


Partial filmography

Awards

  • 1983 AFAA Best Supporting Actor for Suzie Superstar[43]
  • 1984 AFAA Best Supporting Actor for All the way in[43]
  • 1986 AVN Best Supporting Actor - Film for Candy Stripers II[44]
  • 1991 AVN Best Supporting Actor - Video for Playin' Dirty[44]
  • 2006 F.A.M.E. Award for Favorite Adult Actor[45]

Literature

  • "Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz". Memoir, published in February 2007, by Harper Collins.

References

  1. ^ a b Nick Ravo (1997-04-02). "My Dinner with Ron: A chat with the improbable, ubiquitous porn star Ron Jeremy, poised on the brink of mainstream success – or so he thinks.". Salon Media Group, Inc. Retrieved 2007-01-28.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b "AVN: The 10 Top Porn Stars of All Time". Adult Video News. Action-DVD.com. 2002. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2006-12-24.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
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  4. ^ Jane and Michael Stern (2007-02-18). "Mr. Big.". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-03-01.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ a b Glenn Emerstone (2003). "Interview with Ron Jeremy". NY Rock. NY Rock. Retrieved 2006-12-25.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
  6. ^ Jeremy, Ron (2007). Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz. Harper Collins. p. 15. ISBN 0-06-084082-X.  Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
  7. ^ Fred Beldin. "Allmovie biography of Ron Jeremy, as found on VH1.com". Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  8. ^ a b Naomi Pfefferman (2001-11-30). "A Nice Jewish Porn Star". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Insane" Wayne Chinsang. "Ron Jeremy interview". tastes like chicken. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  10. ^ Gene Ross (2007-06-15). "Ron Jeremy Visits PrimeTimeUncensored". AdultFYI. Retrieved 2007-06-15. 
  11. ^ "A Porn Stars Past". Queens Tribune. Retrieved 2007-05-01. 
  12. ^ a b "Meet Ron Jeremy". Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy. Maelstrom Entertainment. Retrieved 2006-12-25. 
  13. ^ a b c d Cory Stulce (1998-07-08). "13 Inane Questions with the reigning king of adult cinema: Ron Jeremy". The Alestle. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Retrieved 2006-12-25.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  14. ^ "Ron Jeremy: penetrating society since '78". AskMen.com. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  15. ^ Olympic Fever on IMDb
  16. ^ Jeremy, Ron (2007). Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz. New York: HarperCollins. pp. 67–71. ISBN 978-0-06-084082-2.  Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
  17. ^ "Product Description". Being Ron Jeremy. Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved 2006-12-25. 
  18. ^ Ron Jeremy at the Internet Adult Film Database
  19. ^ John Holmes at the Internet Adult Film Database
  20. ^ 9 ½ Weeks on IMDb
  21. ^ "New GB Trivia - Ron Jeremy in GB : protoncharging.com". 
  22. ^ http://themovieblog.com/2009/04/one-eyed-monster-trailer-online
  23. ^ http://www.oneeyedmonstermovie.com/
  24. ^ http://www.ronjeremysdick.blogspot.com
  25. ^ http://www.twitter.com/ronsmonster
  26. ^ Andy Dehnart (2003-10-20). "The Surreal Life 2: Vanilla Ice, Tammy Faye, Ron Jeremy, Erik Estrada cast in Surreal Life 2.". reality blurred. reality blurred. Retrieved 2006-12-25.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  27. ^ "The Surreal Life: Fame Games - Personalities". VH1. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  28. ^ "The A-Z of laughter (part two)". The Guardian. 2003-12-07. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  29. ^ "TECHSMART: Not-So-Little Superstar Video - Heavy.com". 
  30. ^ "AtomFilms: Titans of Justice, Episode 1". 
  31. ^ [1]
  32. ^ "Porn Star Insurance with Ron Jeremy on vimeo.com". 
  33. ^ "Star-ving: ‘Married With Children’ David Faustino’s Web Series, Seinfeld Writer". WebTVHub. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  34. ^ "ESCAPE THE FATE JOIN THE "MILE" HIGH CLUB WITH PROVOCATIVE NEW VIDEO". Epitath Records. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  35. ^ Peter Warren (2005-08-19). "Ron Jeremy to Appear in PETA Ad". News. AVN Publications, Inc. Retrieved 2006-12-25.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  36. ^ Allison Mooney. "Ron Jeremy Bio a Lesson in Self Love". Radar Online. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  37. ^ "Print Interview with AnythingThatRocks.com while promoting the book". 
  38. ^ "Banging on at Oxford". World News. The Sydney Morning Herald. 2005-03-01. Retrieved 2006-12-25.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  39. ^ Matt Trueman (2005-05-05). "At It Like 'The Hedgehog'". The Oxford Student. Oxford Student Services Limited. Retrieved 2006-12-25.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  40. ^ "XXX Church.com The #1 Christian Porn Site". Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  41. ^ "Xxx-Porn-Debate". 
  42. ^ Jacob Watta (2006-11-07). "Jeremy, Gross to grapple with issue of pornography". Accent. The Penn. Retrieved 2006-12-25.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  43. ^ a b "rame awards list". Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  44. ^ a b "Past AVN Award Winners". Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  45. ^ Peter Warren (2006-06-24). "About the 2006 FAME Awards". AVN. Archived from the original on 2006-06-24. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 

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