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PJ O’Rourke Net Worth, Biography, Career, Age

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PJ O’Rourke
PJ O’Rourke

Who Is PJ O’Rourke?

PJ O’Rourke was an American political satirist and journalist. O’Rourke was the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute and a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio’s game show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! He was a columnist at The Daily Beast from 2011 to 2016.

In the UK, he was known as the face of a long-running series of television advertisements for British Airways in the 1990s. He authored 16 books, including three that made The New York Times Best Seller list. The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 states, “O’Rourke’s original reporting, irreverent humor, and crackerjack writing makes for delectable reading. He never minces words or pulls his punches, whatever the subject.

PJ O’Rourke Biography

O’Rourke was born in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Delphine (née Loy), a housewife, and Clifford Bronson O’Rourke, a car salesman. He graduated from Toledo’s DeVilbiss High School in 1965, received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in 1969, and earned a Master of Arts in English at Johns Hopkins University. Many of O’Rourke’s essays recount that during his student days he was a leftist, anti-war hippie, but that in the 1970s his political views underwent a volte-face.

PJ O’Rourke Net Worth

PJ O’Rourke had an estimated net worth of around $2 Million at the time of his death on February 15, 2022.

PJ O’Rourke Career

O’Rourke wrote articles for several publications, including “A.J. at N.Y.U.” for The Rip Off Review of Western Culture, an underground magazine/comic book, in 1972, as well as pieces for the Baltimore underground newspaper Harry and the New York Ace, before joining National Lampoon in 1973, where he served as editor-in-chief, among other roles, and authored articles such as “Foreigners Around the World” and “How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink.”

O’Rourke received a writing credit for National Lampoon’s Lemmings which helped launch the careers of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Christopher Guest. He also co-wrote National Lampoon’s 1964 High School Yearbook with Douglas Kenney.

Going freelance in 1981, O’Rourke’s writing appeared in Playboy, Vanity Fair, Car and Driver, and Rolling Stone. He became foreign-affairs desk chief at Rolling Stone, where he remained until 2001. In 1996, he served as the conservative commentator in the point-counterpoint segment of 60 Minutes. During the Bosnian genocide, O’Rourke received criticism for using the American public’s lack of interest in Bosnia as a way to joke about “unspellable killing the unpronounceable.”

O’Rourke published 16 books, including three New York Times bestsellers. Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance reached No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list. O’Rourke was a “Real-Time Real Reporter” for Real Time with Bill Maher covering the 2008 presidential election.

PJ O’Rourke Age

PJ O’Rourke died from lung cancer on February 15, 2022, at age, 74.

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PJ O’Rourke Cause Of Death

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