Jay Cronley (born 1948, in Lincoln, Nebraska) is a former columnist for the Tulsa World and the author of many works of humorous fiction, including Fall Guy, Good Vibes, Quick Change, and Funny Farm. Most of Cronley's work is out of print. Cronley became a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame in 2002.
Many of Cronley's novels have been made into feature films. Good Vibes was made into the 1989 comedy Let It Ride, which starred Richard Dreyfuss, David Johansen, Richard Edson, and Teri Garr. Quick Change was the source of two film adaptations, in 1985 and in 1990. The 1985 version, re-titled Hold-Up, was directed by Alexandre Arcady and was set in Montreal. The 1990 version starred Bill Murray, Geena Davis, Randy Quaid, Jason Robards, and Philip Bosco, and was directed by Murray and Howard Franklin; like the novel, it was set in New York City. George Roy Hill directed Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith, Alice Drummond, and Mike Starr in the 1988 adaptation of Funny Farm. The 2004 French film Nos Amis Les Flics, directed by Bob Swaim, is based on Cheap Shot.
Cronley also writes about horse racing for ESPN.
Jay Cronley is also thought to be the Picker in the Tulsa World. He has recently inaugurated a website, jaycronley.com, which has a $20 fee for entry.
- Fall Guy (1977)
- Good Vibes (1979)
- Screwballs (1980)
- Quick Change (1981)
- Cheap Shot (1984)
- Funny Farm (1985)
- Walking Papers (1988)
- Shoot! (1997)