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Ornery Old Men

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Are you a male over 50?

Have you led a colorful life, filled with crazy adventures and wacky anecdotes?

Does sitting still and not living life to the fullest sound boring to you?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, than this booklist is for you!

This booklist is a response to our Spunky Old Ladies list, produced in 2012. Who says the lively senior ladies get to have all the fun? Ornery Old Men are classified as gentleman over 50, who are interested in living a regret-free life.

Most of these ornery old men are still alive and kickin’, while others lived out their lives in a colorful and no-holds-barred manner before they passed. Whether they’re contemporary actors, comedians and writers, or noted historical figures, we hope you’ll find an ornery old man here that you’ll enjoy reading about!


Alan Arkin
Halfway Through the Door: An Actor’s Journey to the Self
by Alan Arkin [181.45 Ark]

Neil Armstrong
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
by James R. Hansen [B Ar494h]

Alec Baldwin
A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce
by Alec Baldwin [306.89 Bal]

Warren Beatty
Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America
by Peter Biskind [Biography Beatty]

Lewis Black
Me of Little Faith
by Lewis Black [817 Bla]

David Bowie
David Bowie: Starman
by Paul Trynka [Music 781.66 Bow]

Marlon Brando
Hollywood Hellraisers: The Wild Lives and Fast Times of Marlon Brando, Dennis Hopper, Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson
by Robert Sellers [791.43 Sel]

Richard Branson
Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way
by Richard Branson [338.76 Bra]

Michael Caine
The Elephant to Hollywood
by Michael Caine [Biography Caine]

Bruce Campbell
If Chins Could Kill
by Bruce Campbell [791.432 Cam]

Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey: The Joker is Wild
by Martin Knelman [B C2284k]

Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson
by Henry Bushkin [Biography Carson]

Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash: The Life
by Robert Hilburn [Music 781.642 Cas]

Jackie Chan
I am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action
by Jackie Chan and Jeff Yang [791.432 Cha]

Dick Cheney
In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir
by Dick Cheney [Biography Cheney]

Bill Clinton
My Life
by Bill Clinton [B C612]

George Clooney
George Clooney: The Last Great Movie Star
by Kimberly Potts [Biography Clooney]

Sean Connery
Sean Connery: A Biography
by Bob McCabe [791.432 ConYm]

Tim Conway
What’s So Funny? My Hilarious Life
by Tim Conway [Biography Conway]

Simon Cowell
Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell
by Tom Bower [Biography Cowell]

Walter Cronkite
Cronkite
by Douglas Brinkley [Biography Cronkite]

Billy Crystal
Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?
by Billy Crystal [Biography Crystal]

Tony Danza
I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High
by Tony Danza [Biography Danza]

Kirk Douglas
My Stroke of Luck
by Kirk Douglas [791.432 Dou]

Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas: A Biography
by Marc Eliot [Biography Douglas]

Clint Eastwood
American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood
by Marc Eliot [Biography Eastwood]

Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford: Imperfect Hero
by Garry Jenkins [791.432 ForYj]

Michael J. Fox
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned
by Michael J. Fox [Biography Fox]

Jeff Foxworthy
Redneck Classic: The Best of Jeff Foxworthy
by Jeff Foxworthy [817 Fox]

Stephen Fry
The Fry Chronicles
by Stephen Fry [Biography Fry]

James Garner
The Garner Files
by James Garner and Jon Winokur [Biography Garner]

Stephen Hawking
My Brief History
by Stephen Hawking [Biography Hawking]

Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins: The Biography
by Quentin Falk [792.092 HopYf]

Dennis Hopper
Hollywood Hellraisers: The Wild Lives and Fast Times of Marlon Brando, Dennis Hopper, Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson
by Robert Sellers [791.43 Sel]

Howard Hughes
Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes
by Douglas Wellman [Biography Hughes]

Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger
by Philip Norman [Music 781.66 Jag]

James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones: Voices and Silences
by James Earl Jones and Penelope Niven [791.432 Jon]

Larry King
Truth Be Told: Off the Record About Favorite Guests, Memorable Moments, Funniest Jokes, and a Half Century of Asking Questions
by Larry King [Biography King]

Stephen King
Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King
by Lisa Rogak [Biography King]

Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie: The Biography
by Anthony Bunko [Biography Laurie]

George Lucas
Mythmaker: The Life and Work of George Lucas
by John Baxter [791.432 LucYb]

Steve Martin
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life
by Steve Martin [Biography Martin]

Bill Murray
Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf
by Bill Murray [796.352 Mur]

Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson: An Epic Life
by Joe Nick Patoski [Biography Nelson]

Bob Newhart
I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This!
by Bob Newhart [817 New]

Jack Nicholson
Nicholson: A Biography
by Marc Eliot [Biography Nicholson]

Bill O’Reilly
A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity
by Bill O’Reilly [Biography O’Reilly]

Barack Obama
The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama
by David Remnick [Biography Obama]

Tom Osborne
Tom Osborne on Leadership: Life Lessons From a Three-Time National Championship Coach
by Pat Williams and Mike Babcock [Biography Osborne]

Ozzy Osbourne
I am Ozzy
by Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres [Biography Osbourne]

Al Pacino
Al Pacino: In Conversation with Lawrence Grobel
by Lawrence Grobel and Al Pacino [791.432 PacYg]

Jimmy Page
Light and Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page
by Brad Tolinski and Jimmy Page [Music 781.66 Pag]

Regis Philbin
How I Got This Way
by Regis Philbin [Biography Philbin]

Colin Powell
It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership
by Colin L. Powell and Tony Koltz [Biography Powell]

Prince
Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince
by Alex Hahn [Music 781.66 PriYh]

Robert Redford
Robert Redford: The Biography
by Michael Feeney Callan [Biography Redford]

Keith Richards
Life
by Keith Richards and James Fox [Biography Richards]

Don Rickles
Rickles’ Book: A Memoir
by Don Rickles [817 Ric]

Andy Rooney
Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit
by Andy Rooney [081 Roo]

Arnold Schwarenegger
Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story
by Arnold Schwarzenegger [Biography Schwarzenegger]

William Shatner
Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large
by William Shatner [Biography Shatner]

Martin Sheen
Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son
by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez [Biography Sheen]

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg: A Biography
by Joseph McBride [791.432 SpiYm]

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen: The Illustrated biography
by Chris Rushby [Music 781.66 Spr]

Rod Stewart
Rod: The Autobiography
by Rod Stewart [Biography Stewart]

Sting
Broken Music: A Memoir
by Sting [Music 781.66 Sti]

Barry Switzer
Bootlegger’s Boy
by Barry Switzer and Bud Drake [796.332 Swi]

George Takei
To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu
by George Takei [791.452 Tak]

Donald Trump
No Such Thing as Over-Exposure: Inside the Life and Celebrity of Donald Trump
by Robert Slater [333.33 Sla]

Steven Tyler
Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?
by Steven Tyler and David Dalton [Biography Tyler]

Denzel Washington
A Hand to Guide Me
by Denzel Washington , Daniel Paisner and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America [920.02 Was]

Roger L. Welsch
Embracing Fry Bread: Confessions of a Wannabe
by Roger L. Welsch [Biography Welsch]

Robin Williams
The Life and Humor of Robin Williams: A Biography
by Jay David [Biography Williams]

Compiled December 2013 carrie k | Adapted for the web December 2013 sdc | Last updated November 2016 sdc

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