The list author says: "Years ago I stumbled upon a great book called The Gun Seller, it was written by an author called Hugh Laurie. It was one of the best crime/spy comic capers I had ever read, as good and fun as anything masters of the comic caper like Donald E Westlake produced. I actually had no idea it was the same Hugh Laurie as the actor who plays House M.D. when I picked up that book. It was only when researching that 1996 published story to find out what other stuff the author has written that I discovered it was actually written by the same guy, and not just an author who shares his name. ItÂ’s actually a shame House M.D. was such a success, which obviously would take up a lot of time to shoot, as otherwise we may have seen more great books by Laurie.
Hugh Laurie's not the only actor who thought they could write though. Although Laurie was right, a lot of others have been wrong, but they've still got huge fan bases, and their books are successful, at least initially.
There's also a lot of actors who have tried their hand at childrens' books, especially picture books. A lot of these childrens' author actors are also comedians or singers as well.
Anyway here's a list of the 40 biggest acting names I've come across, the novels are at the top, the children's ones at the bottom. I've only listed one book per actor, some especially those who write picture books have written a few. I've put in (brackets) the film or TV show the actor is most famous for, as not all have had successful long term acting careers and you may not recognise them by name, which is maybe why they've given writing a go for the wads of cash involved.
"(Scream) better known for his directing and creations such as Nightmare on Elm Street, and bringing Horror back to popularity with Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer but he's been an actor too."
"(Home and Away) Nunn's probably better known for her very successful writing career now than when she was Alf Stewart's wife. Probably the most successful writer on this list. Fellow Australian actor Brendan Cowell (Beneath Hill 60) wrote How it Feels as well as Sophie Lee (The Castle) - Alice in La La Land"
"(The Godfather) Unfortunately for Brando his offer of writing novels as a career was refused by publishers, his writing career only took off after he was dead when a couple of his novels got published."
"(Law and Order Special Victims Unit) Belzer knows you won't know him by his name so he cleverly puts his picutre as his SVU character on the front cover of all his books, also Ice T from same show has followed in footsteps with Kings of Vice."
"(Saved By the Bell). Since there's not enough space on this list I'll just list the other picture book actor authors and one of their books on the last picture book actor authors. Jay Leno (Collison Course) - If Roast Beef Could Fly Ray Ramano (Ice Age) - Raymie, Dickie and the Bean Brooke Shields (The Blue Lagoon) - Welcome to Your World Baby Toni Collete (united States of Tara) - Planet Yawn"
"(City Slickers) Kim Wayans (In Living Color) - All Mixed Up Julianne Moore (30 Rock) - Freckleface Strawberry Bill Cosby (The Cosby Show) - The Day I Was Rich Dolly Parton (Nine to Five) - The Coat of Many Colors Queen Latifah (Ice Age) - Queen of the Scene Katherine Ross (The Graduate) - Grover, Grover Come on Over Kristi Yamaguchi (Mighty Ducks) - Dream Big Little Pig"