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Actors Who Thought They Could Write

James N Simpson
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.

This list is still under construction"
The Gun Seller
The Gun Seller
"(House M.D.) Easily the best actor author writer on this list.  Believe me you must read the Gun Seller."
God Laughs When You Die
God Laughs When You Die
"(Spin City), Boatman's actually written quite a few books and seems to get one of the higher average Amazon customer star ratings for his novels and short stories."
Revenge: A Novel
Revenge: A Novel
"(Fry and Laurie).  Like with Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry's success as an author has been hindered by his much greater success as an actor."
Fountain Society: A Novel
Fountain Society: A Novel
"(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."
An Object of Beauty: A Novel
An Object of Beauty: A Novel
"(Three Amigos) Martin's had qutie a successful number of fiction novels."
Postcards from the Edge
Postcards from the Edge
"(Star Wars) Fisher has a few novels as well."
Tiger Men
Tiger Men
"(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"
Between the Bridge and the River
Between the Bridge and the River
"(Drew Carey Show), speaking of actors most known for 90s TV shows, Courtney Thorne-Smith best known for (Melrose Place) has written a novel called Outside In."
Star: A Novel
Star: A Novel
"(Baywatch)"
Fan-Tan
Fan-Tan
"(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."
Swine Not?: A Novel Pig Tale
Swine Not?: A Novel Pig Tale
"(Hoot)"
Collision Course (Star Trek: Academy)
Collision Course (Star Trek: Academy)
"(Star Trek)"
Dance with the Devil
Dance with the Devil
"(Spartucus)"
The Death of Bunny Munro: A Novel
The Death of Bunny Munro: A Novel
"(Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)"
The Adventures of Slim & Howdy: A Novel
The Adventures of Slim & Howdy: A Novel
"Kix Brooks (Thriftstore Cowboy) teamed up with with Bill Fitzhugh as well as fellow Brooks and Dunn member Ronnie Dunn for this great novel."
Payback at Morning Peak
Payback at Morning Peak
"(Unforgiven) Hackman's into writing western novels"
The Justice Riders: A Novel
The Justice Riders: A Novel
"(Texas Rangers) So is Chuck Norris"
I Am Not a Cop!: A Novel
I Am Not a Cop!: A Novel
"(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."
Palo Alto
Palo Alto
"(Scrubs final season)"
Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday
"(Gattaca) Since we're at the end of the adult ficiton novels it may also interest you to know that popular author Lynda La Plante used to be an actress back when she was known as Lynda Marshall."
Junior
Junior
"(Home Alone)"
Propeller One-Way Night Coach: A Fable For All Ages by John Travolta - First Edition 1st Printing 1997
Propeller One-Way Night Coach: A Fable For All Ages by John Travolta - First Edition 1st Printing 1997
"(Pulp Fiction)"
Elixir
Elixir
"(Lizzie McGuire) written a series of young adult novels"
A Mother's Gift
A Mother's Gift
"(How I Met Your Mother)"
When I Grow Up
When I Grow Up
"(UHF)"
Jerry Seinfeld HALLOWEEN
Jerry Seinfeld HALLOWEEN
"(Seinfeld)"
Flanimals
Flanimals
"(The Office)"
Dirt on My Shirt
Dirt on My Shirt
"(Jeff Foxworthy Show)"
A Chocolate Moose for Dinner (Stories to Go!)
A Chocolate Moose for Dinner (Stories to Go!)
"(The Munsters)"
The Remarkable Farkle McBride
The Remarkable Farkle McBride
"(Third Rock From the Sun)"
Just the Two of Us (Scholastic Bookshelf)
Just the Two of Us (Scholastic Bookshelf)
"(Fresh Prince of Bel Aire)"
My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story
My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story
"(Fish Called Wanda)"
Sugar Plum Ballerinas #1: Plum Fantastic
Sugar Plum Ballerinas #1: Plum Fantastic
"(Sister Act)"
Kylie, The Showgirl Princess: A True Fairy Tale Full of Glitter, Glamour and Dreams!
Kylie, The Showgirl Princess: A True Fairy Tale Full of Glitter, Glamour and Dreams!
"(Neighbours)"
The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl!
The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl!
"(Sound of Music)"
Hank Zipzer Collection (Hank Zipzer, the World's Greatest Underachiever)
Hank Zipzer Collection (Hank Zipzer, the World's Greatest Underachiever)
"(Happy Days)"
Mud Tacos
Mud Tacos
"(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"
I Already Know I Love You
I Already Know I Love You
"(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"
Otto Undercover #1: Born to Drive
Otto Undercover #1: Born to Drive
"(Cheers) has written a series of beginner reader books."
Kevin Smiths Green Hornet Volume 1: Sins of the Father HC
Kevin Smiths Green Hornet Volume 1: Sins of the Father HC
"(Clerks) Guy who plays Silent Bob has written quite a few graphic novels.  Other graphic novel authors include Mark Hammil (Star Wars) and Avril Lavigne (Over the Hedge)."