Ron Jeremy is not only a “Legend of the Golden Age of Porn”, he is, literally, the most recognizable porn star in the world. More popular today, than he was while at the peak of his adult film career, which spans 4 decades, Ron has starred in more than 1,400 films, directing 182 of them. He is known for his quick wit, and the rare ability to perform autofellatio on his 10-inch member. AVN (Adult Video News) has ranked him No.1, on its list of the Top 50 Porn Stars of All Time. Ron has found new generations of fans as a reality star, appearing in “The Surreal Life”, and he has appeared in dozens of mainstream films, including “Ronin” with Robert DeNiro, and the cult classic “Boondock Saints.” He can also be seen in music videos by Guns N’ Roses, Sublime, LMFAO and many, many, more.
I first met Ron in 1983, on the set of “Who’s Fantasy Is It Anyway?”, which was Gerard Damiano Sr.’s first shot on video feature. He appeared in 4 films for my father, including “Consenting Adults” and “Inside Everybody”. In 1985, he starred in “Flesh and Fantasy”, and was given top billing, which was very unusual for a male porn actor at the time. My father shot this comedic retelling of his “Devil in Miss Jones” at Adventure Studios in Queens, and on location in upstate New York. It featured Ronnie as “Mister Jones”, whose bargain with the devil goes awry. Larry Revene and I both worked on this film.
We caught up with Ron in a seedy motel in Hollywood, which served as our soundstage. He regaled us with stories of his career, which he delivered with impeccable comedic timing, in a pure “stream of consciousness” flow, punctuated by licks on his harmonica. He ran down all of our batteries, filled up all of our memory cards, and kept us biting our lips to keep from laughing out loud and ruining the take. One thing that I was surprised to learn about Ronnie, is that he, too, was born and raised in Queens, New York.
Ron was the subject of the documentary film “Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy”, and has told his own story in the New York Times best-selling autobiography “Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz.” Recently he has lent his name to a brand of rum called Ron de Jeremy.