Hunter S. Thompson

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Birthday
18, 1937
Birthplace
Louisville, KY
Death Date
Feb 20, 2005 (67)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
18, 1937
Birthplace
Louisville, KY
Death Date
Feb 20, 2005 (67)

About

Founder of the Gonzo journalist movement whose legacy includes Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. He became a counter culture icon for his drug use, patriotism, and resounding literary voice.

Before Fame

He got into a lot of trouble in high school and was sent to jail after abetting a robbery. He grew up reading Jack Kerouac and the Beats.

Trivia

Fellow writer and former friend Oscar Zeta Acosta inspired the character Dr. Gonzo from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Family Life

He was the eldest child of Virginia Ray Davison and Jack Robert Thompson, who died when Hunter was young. He was married to Anita Thompson from 2003 until his death in 2005. He had a son named Juan Fitzgerald Thompson.

Associated With

He was a fierce vocal opponent of Richard Nixon, and used to wear a Halloween mask of his likeness.

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