Those familiar with Ron Jeremy generally know him as one of the most prolific performers in the adult film industry, as he has appeared in more than 1,700 and directed 250 films.
That is the Ron Jeremy that most people know. However, as one of porn's greatest ambassadors into the mainstream, Mr. Jeremy has led an amazingly eclectic life. Here are some of the things we bet you didn't know about the 50-year-old actor.
• He has a Masters Degree in Special Education and is licensed to teach in New York. He also has Bachelor's Degrees in Elementary Education and Acting.
• He was on the same high school soccer team as CIA Director George Tenet and took high school acting classes with Reginald Vel Johnson ( Family Matters).
• He can play classical piano and violin.
• He has appeared in more music videos than any other actor - 14 - for artists such as Moby, Kid Rock and Sublime.
• He is proficient at Kung Fu.
• He has taught skiing and hang-gliding and performed ski jumps.
• He took dancing instruction at Queens College from Joel Zwick, the director of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
• He has performed off-Broadway.
• He was a waiter and maitre d' at Catskill resorts.
• His mother Sylvia was a Lieutenant in the Overseas Special Services (precursor to the CIA). Yes, she was a spy, and helped decipher German code and implement code for the U.S.
• He wrote and performed a rap song, Freak of the Week, which was on the Billboard charts for 27 weeks. He also wrote and performed the rap song Going Down at the Bunny Ranch, which was incorporated in a VH-1 special, and recently recorded a new rap song for Casablanca Records.
• He appeared on NewsRadio, Nash Bridges, Just Shoot Me, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The View, Nightline, and The Weakest Link.
• He has appeared in 60 mainstream films, including the Emmy Award-winning telefilm Wallace, as well as Detroit Rock City, Orgasmo, Spun, Meet Wally Sparks, Killing Zoe and Toxic Avenger 4.
• He had a major role in the film Boon Dock Saints, starring Willem Dafoe, which was a #1 direct-to-video feature, and he will appear in the sequel.
• He was a consultant on 9 1/2 Weeks, Boogie Nights and 52 Pickup.
• A documentary on his life, Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy was nominated for a Chicago Film Critics Award.
• He appeared in a commercial with Samuel L. Jackson for the MTV Movie Awards.
• He will co-star in the film Being Ron Jeremy, a takeoff on Being John Malkovich, along with Andy Dick.
• He has a pet tortoise named Cherry, who appeared in The Surreal Life.