| Allen Rucker was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and has an MA in Communication from Stanford University, an MA in American Culture from the University of Michigan, and a BA in English from Washington University, St. Louis.
He is the author or co-author of eleven books of humor and non-fiction. His first-person account of becoming paralyzed at middle age, called “The Best Seat In The House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday and Was Paralyzed for Life,” was published by HarperCollins in 2007. Widely reviewed and praised, it was a New York Times “Editor’s Choice.” The review from Publisher Weekly concludes:
“Rucker is a gifted observer-humorist, unleashing a straight-arrow honesty and a vibrant, penetrating wit while probing the most intimate aspects of contemporary life and human behavior…”
Other books include memoirs co-written with country music star, Gretchen Wilson, called “Redneck Woman,” Kenny Rogers (“Luck Or Something Like It”) and Alabama’s Randy Owen (“Born Country”).
He has written three books on the Sopranos, the most successful being the New York Times #1 bestseller, “The Sopranos Family Cookbook”. He also co-wrote “Hollywood Causes Cancer: The Tom Green Story” (with Tom Green), and two award-winning books of satire with comedian Martin Mull, “The History of White People In America” and “A Paler Shade of White.”
As a TV writer-producer, he co-founded the experimental video documentary group, TVTV, and has written numerous network specials, documentaries, and teleplays, including the series, “The History of White People In America;” “Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope” (Emmy nominee); the original HBO movie, “Hometown Boy Makes Good,” starring Anthony Edwards; “CBS: The First Fifty Years;” “Big Guns Talk,” a history of the Western; and “Family Values: The Mob & The Movies.” A 2005 documentary he wrote for PBS’s American Experience about Vietnam, entitled “Two Days in October” and directed by Robert Kenner, won both the George Peabody Award and the Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking.
Mr. Rucker is a contributing editor to “New Mobility” magazine and a regular blogger for the Christopher Reeve Foundation web site. He has taught at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Chapman University, among other schools, and lectures widely on the subject of disability. He lives in LA with wife, Ann. They have two sons.