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 Allen Rucker Biography

Allen Rucker was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and has an M.A. in Communication from Stanford University, an M.A. in American Culture from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in English from Washington University, St. Louis.

Rucker’s memoir, The Best Seat in the House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday and Was Paralyzed for Life describes his journey of navigating sudden paralysis due to a rare neurological disorder called Transverse Myelitis and was featured on the Montel Williams Show. He begins with an insider’s look at what it’s really like to work and survive in day-to-day Hollywood. His laugh-out-loud descriptions are interrupted with the painful account of the day in 1996 when he felt like he had the flu and then, suddenly, his legs ceased to work. From there, Rucker describes the ride from grieving, to healing, to acceptance, and how he managed to travel the unexpected path with his humor securely in tact. Parade Magazine said “Reading his no-holds-barred account of life before and after paralysis reminds you that The Best Seat in the House can be whichever one you’ve got,” and the New York Times called it “hardly sentimental...[a] savvy contribution...ahead of the curve.” Martin Mull praised Rucker for expanding his own condition “to encompass the human condition. At once hilarious, heart-warming, thought-provoking, the man in the chair is on a roll.”

Rucker is also the author or co-author of nine books of humor and non-fiction.  The Sopranos Family Cookbook, one of three books he’s written about the Sopranos, and the memoir co-written with country music star, Gretchen Wilson, Redneck Woman, were both New York Times best-sellers.

As a TV writer-producer, he co-founded the experimental video group, TVTV, and has written numerous network specials, documentaries, and teleplays, including the series, The History of White People In America, with Martin Mull; 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; Family Values: The Mob & The Movies; an adaptation of David Maraniss’ best-selling book on Vietnam, 1967, Two Days in October, originally broadcast on PBS’s American Experience in October, 2005. The highly-acclaimed program won both the 2006 George Peabody Award and the 2006 Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking.

Rucker is the recipient of the Dupont-Columbia Journalism Award, the Writers Guild Annual Award, and two Cable ACE Awards, among others. In 2005, he received the special WGA Joan Young Award for career distinction as a writer with a disability. The History of White People In America was honored by the Museum of Television & Radio in 2001 and TVTV was given a full MTR retrospective in 2004. He also teaches at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-TV. Rucker lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Ann-Marie. They have two sons.

The Best Seat in the House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday and Was Paralyzed for Life

   

Writing for Television

   

My Life in Television and Publishing

   

Facing Life's Ups and Downs - Like Paralysis - With Humor

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Allen Rucker

Award-Winning Television Writer

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Allen Rucker Biography

Allen Rucker was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and has an M.A. in Communication from Stanford University, an M.A. in American Culture from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in English from Washington University, St. Louis.

Rucker’s memoir, The Best Seat in the House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday and Was Paralyzed for Life describes his journey of navigating sudden paralysis due to a rare neurological disorder called Transverse Myelitis and was featured on the Montel Williams Show. He begins with an insider’s look at what it’s really like to work and survive in day-to-day Hollywood. His laugh-out-loud descriptions are interrupted with the painful account of the day in 1996 when he felt like he had the flu and then, suddenly, his legs ceased to work. From there, Rucker describes the ride from grieving, to healing, to acceptance, and how he managed to travel the unexpected path with his humor securely in tact. Parade Magazine said “Reading his no-holds-barred account of life before and after paralysis reminds you that The Best Seat in the House can be whichever one you’ve got,” and the New York Times called it “hardly sentimental...[a] savvy contribution...ahead of the curve.” Martin Mull praised Rucker for expanding his own condition “to encompass the human condition. At once hilarious, heart-warming, thought-provoking, the man in the chair is on a roll.”

Rucker is also the author or co-author of nine books of humor and non-fiction.  The Sopranos Family Cookbook, one of three books he’s written about the Sopranos, and the memoir co-written with country music star, Gretchen Wilson, Redneck Woman, were both New York Times best-sellers.

As a TV writer-producer, he co-founded the experimental video group, TVTV, and has written numerous network specials, documentaries, and teleplays, including the series, The History of White People In America, with Martin Mull; 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; Family Values: The Mob & The Movies; an adaptation of David Maraniss’ best-selling book on Vietnam, 1967, Two Days in October, originally broadcast on PBS’s American Experience in October, 2005. The highly-acclaimed program won both the 2006 George Peabody Award and the 2006 Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking.

Rucker is the recipient of the Dupont-Columbia Journalism Award, the Writers Guild Annual Award, and two Cable ACE Awards, among others. In 2005, he received the special WGA Joan Young Award for career distinction as a writer with a disability. The History of White People In America was honored by the Museum of Television & Radio in 2001 and TVTV was given a full MTR retrospective in 2004. He also teaches at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-TV. Rucker lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Ann-Marie. They have two sons.

The Best Seat in the House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday and Was Paralyzed for Life

   

Writing for Television

   

My Life in Television and Publishing

   

Facing Life's Ups and Downs - Like Paralysis - With Humor

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  • How to book Allen Rucker?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Allen Rucker for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Allen Rucker, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Allen Rucker or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Allen Rucker?

    Booking fees for Allen Rucker, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Allen Rucker, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Allen Rucker?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Allen Rucker for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Allen Rucker for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Allen Rucker or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Allen Rucker or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Allen Rucker is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Allen Rucker for your event is available upon request. Allen Rucker generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Harry Shearer, Martin Mull, Gregg Jarrett, Chip & Joanna Gaines and Trish Magwood. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Allen Rucker for an upcoming event.

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