Activist and founder of a New York political organization called the Rent is Too Damn High Party. He unsuccessfully ran for political office on numerous occasions.
He served during the Vietnam War as a soldier in the United States Army. After returning from Vietnam, he worked briefly as an R&B musician.
He was employed for a time by the U.S. Postal Service, had a night job as a male stripper, and worked as a New York-based private investigator.
He grew up in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He fathered two children: a daughter (born 1973) and a son (born 1979).
He was caricatured by actor Kenan Thompson on the popular comedy show Saturday Night Live.