Jay Cronley was born in 1948, in Lincoln, Nebraska, and died on February 27, 2017, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He was 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 his work is out of print.
He became a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame in 2002.
A few of his novels have been made into feature films.
One imparticular was Good Vibes, which was made into the 1989 comedy Let It Ride, which starred Richard Dreyfuss, David Johansen, Richard Edson, and Teri Garr.
During 1985 and in 1990, Quick Change was the source of two film adaptations,
Re-titled Hold-Up was the 1985 version, directed by Alexandre Arcady and was set in Montreal.
In 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.
Directed by George Roy Hill Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith, Alice Drummond, and Mike Starr in the 1988 adaptation of Funny Farm.
He also wrote about horse racing for ESPN.
Jay Cronley passed away at 73 years old.