Ron Jeremy claims the title of "Hardest (Working) Man in Show Business." The multi-decade porn star has done what few porn stars are able to do -- carved out a career for himself outside of the skin industry.
Ron Jeremy is not a pretty man. His nickname in porn is The Hedgehog. That pretty much sums up his look -- well, except for the obvious feature that made him the go-to name in porn in the days before Viagra.
But Ron Jeremy managed to generate enough goodwill and cred off the porn set to land roles in films like Boondock Saints, Ronin, and Reindeer Games.
Ron Jeremy understood the value of networking and contacts long before he era of PDAs and cloud contact storage. He built his career with a ratty old notebook that was stuffed full of scribbled names and phone numbers, with lines connecting many of the names to show social and business relationships.
But in 2013, Ron Jeremy almost died. It wasn't any sort of STD that laid The Hedgehog low. It was his heart.
In a soon-to-be-released documentary called Ron Jeremy: Life After the Buffet, the story of how Ron Jeremy used this almost-tragic and certainly-frightening event as impetus to change his life.
Broadway World said of the documentary:
"Ron Jeremy is a cultural icon, known as the King of Porn. Even with his eccentric features, he is a sex guru to millions of fans. Ron Jeremy: Life After the Buffet is an explosive film that exposes Ron, at age 60, in a surprising and very real way. Death came knocking at his door like a bolt of lightening when he started experiencing pains in his chest. The film follows Ron on his spiritual awakening and personal journey to discover the existence of a greater power than what is here on earth."
Life After the Buffet, will be released on DVD and VOD May 5th, 2015. The documentary will be available on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox, and Vubiquity for purchase on May 5.
Add to that the video game featuring Ron Jeremy due out in August, and it looks like The Hedgehog ain't going anywhere soon.