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Actor Jon Cryer has signed a deal to write his memoir, publisher New American Library, a Penguin imprint, announced. The untitled book is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2015.
He currently stars as Alan Harper on the hit CBS sitcom Two and Half Men, which is in its 11th season. To a slightly older group of fans he’ll always be Duckie, the best friend pining for Molly Ringwald’s Andie Walsh in 1986’s Pretty in Pink. The book will cover both those roles and everything in between.
Cryer’s take on the tumultuous history of Two and a Half Men — original co-star Charlie Sheen left the show amid alleged substance abuse problems, erratic behavior and a very public fight with creator Chuck Lorre and was replaced by Ashton Kutcher — would be a draw for many readers. How much he’s willing to say remains unclear. Cryer joked about it in a statement announcing the book:
“In these times of truly global crisis when fear is outracing hope, I think we can all be grateful that the guy who played Duckie in Pretty in Pink is writing a book. It’ll be filled with just what you’d expect from me; juicy tidbits on international monetary policy, catty comments regarding agriculture in Central Asia and, of course, forbidden anecdotes about stamp collecting. And maybe I’ll talk about Charlie Sheen.”
New American Library does promise that the actor “will open up about friendships and relationships, pay tribute to his mentors and offer readers a front-row seat as he reminisces about his life and experiences in showbiz over the last 30 years.”
Cryer was represented on the book deal by Alex Glass at Trident Media and UTA and is managed by Forward Entertainment. Senior editor Jennifer Schuster acquired the book for NAL.
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