Buffett has written 3 No. 1 best sellers. Tales from Margaritaville and Where Is Joe Merchant?
both spent over seven months on the New York Times Best Seller fiction list. His book A Pirate
Looks At Fifty went straight to No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller non-fiction list, making
him one of seven authors in that list's history to have reached No. 1 on both the fiction and
non-fiction lists. The other six authors who have accomplished this are Ernest Hemingway, John
Steinbeck, William Styron,
Irving Wallace, Dr.
Seuss and Mitch Albom.
Buffett also co-wrote two children's books, The Jolly Mon and Trouble Dolls, with his eldest daughter,
Savannah Jane Buffett. The original hard cover release of the The Jolly Mon included a cassette tape
recording of him and Savannah Jane reading the story accompanied by an original score written by Michael Utley.
Buffett's novel A Salty Piece of Land, was released on November 30, 2004, and the first edition of the book
included a CD single of the song "A Salty Piece Of Land", which was recorded for License to Chill. The book
was a New York Times best seller soon after its release.
Buffett's latest title, Swine Not?,
was released May 13, 2008.
Buffett is currently writing a follow-up to his autobiography A Pirate Looks At Fifty, which he says may
take up to ten years to write and complete.
Buffett wrote the soundtrack for, co-produced and acted in the 2006 film Hoot, directed by Wil
Shriner and based on the book by Carl Hiassen, which focuses on issues important to Buffett,
such as conservation. The film was not a critical or commercial success. He also wrote and performed
the theme song to the short-lived 1993 CBS television series Johnny Bago.
In addition, Buffett has made several cameo appearances, including in Repo Man, Hook, Cobb, Congo,
and From the Earth to the Moon. He also made cameo appearances as himself in Rancho Deluxe (for which he
also wrote the music) and in FM. Buffett reportedly was offered a cameo role in Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl, but declined the offer. In 1997, Buffett collaborated with novelist Herman
Wouk on a musical production based on Wouk's 1965 novel Don't Stop the Carnival.