a.k.a. Bill Blackman, Norm L. Pera, Nicholas Pera, Norm Prestissimo, David Elliot, R.J., Ron Hyatt, Ron Hedge, Hedgehog
Years Active: 1983-2003
A pudgy but lovable wacko who has become one of porn's most prolific male stars through sheer perseverance, Ron Jeremy is one of the best-known porn studs of all time. He's a mustachioed and portly guy whose fun-loving nature comes through in every leering glance, a man who is affectionately known as "The Hedgehog" due to the amount of hair on his back. Ron Jeremy is certainly not the best-looking guy to ever sex for the cameras, but his dogged persistence and reliable tool have kept him busy for over twenty years. He's long since fulfilled his goal of appearing in 1000 porno flicks, and just keeps on plugging away.
Ron was born Ron Jeremy Hyatt on March 12, 1953 in New York. He graduated in the Cardoza (Brooklyn) High Class of 1971 and attained a master's degree from Queens College. He was working as a high school special education teacher in New York City by the mid-1970's. In 1978, Ron's girlfriend sent a photo of him in to "Playgirl" magazine for inclusion in its 'Boy Next Door' section. The publishers knew a good thing then they saw it, and Ron's photo was duly published. He ended up getting not only lots of letters from female admirers, but also from some hardcore producers from the area. Ron was quite the ham even then and enjoyed moonlighting in off-Broadway theater. The burgeoning porn industry was just starting to take off in New York, and Ron leapt at the offers he received. He made his hardcore debut in 1979's "Tigresses. . .And Other Man-Eaters," taking on Samantha Fox in his very first on-screen encounter. He ended up dropping his teaching gig and pursuing porno stardom full time. Ron soon became one of the busiest guys in porn. It seemed there was always work out there for a well-equipped guy who could reliably perform as well as fellate himself on camera (among other tricks Ron used to display).
Ron's tireless sexual energy has been on constant display in porn circles since that 1979 debut. He's a decent enough actor who has a nice touch with the lightly comic material that makes up so much hardcore dialogue, and has parlayed his deft comic persona into one of the longest-lasting careers in porn history. Some of his best early work can be found in the daffy pirate epic "Snatchbuckler" and in the classics "Bad Girls 2" and "Fascination." For Hedgehog of a more recent vintage, check out his wacky outings in such fare as "Maddam's Family" and "The Flintbones." Ron is the first to admit that he's not the best looking guy in the industry, but he feels that his average-Joe looks have actually helped him to sustain his popularity. "People can relate," he says. "When you see a gorgeous guy getting all the girls, the audience goes 'So what?' You see a schlub like me get lucky and it's like there's hope for everybody else."
Ron has also moved behind the camera and branched out, becoming one of porn's most well-known ambassadors to the mainstream media. He's appeared on tons of talk shows (including numerous stints on "Jerry Springer") and serves as a frequent consultant on 'legit' projects like "Boogie Nights," "9 1/2 Weeks" and the acclaimed documentary "Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam." Always eager to branch into the mainstream, Ron has also had bit parts in such Hollywood features as "Killing Zoe" and "Detroit Rock City." An inveterate hype-spinner with an eye for a quick porno buck, it was Ron who brought us John Wayne Bobbitt and it was Ron who quickly signed Divine Brown up for a hardcore flick when she was caught with Hugh Grant. Ron spends any spare time he has performing at comedy clubs from coast to coast, spreading his special brand of off-color glee. He remains one of the busiest men in the industry, a true original who has always done things his way.
Did you catch Ron Jeremy in these mainstream flicks:
9 1/2 Weeks (1986) . . . Consultant
54 (1998) . . . Ron
American Virgin (2000) . . . Desk Sergeant
Boogie Nights (1997) . . . Consultant
Broken Vessels (1998) . . . Porn Star, as himself
Detroit Rock City (1999) . . . MC at male strip club
George Wallace (1997) . . . Demonstrator
Hindsight (1996) . . . Chateau Guest
Housewife From Hell (1993) . . . [actor]
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) . . . [uncredited]
Killing Zoe (1994) . . . Concierge
Lauderdale (1989) . . . Cycle Psycho
Lone Greasers (1997) . . . Bar owner
Meet Wally Sparks (1997) . . . Porn Actor
Mr. Stitch (1995) . . . Lieutenant Periainkle
Orgazmo (1997) . . . Clark/Jizzmaster Zero
Red Line (1996) . . . Gardner
Reindeer Games (2000) . . . Prisoner 1
Ronin (1998) . . . Fishmonger (cut out)
Sam Kinison Banned (1990) . . . In music video "Wild Thing"
South Beach Academy (1994) . . . "Weed" Wacker
The Boondock Saints (1999) . . . Vincenzo Lipazzi
The Chase (1994) . . . Randy (cut out)
The Dangerous (1994) . . . Director
They Bite (1996) . . . Darryl