Oscar Zeta Acosta

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Birthday
9, 1935
Birthplace
Texas
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
9, 1935 (age 84)
Birthplace
Texas

About

American attorney, politician, novelist and Chicano Movement activist who is the inspiration for Dr. Gonzo, in the acclaimed novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson.

Before Fame

He worked his way through junior college so he could be the first person in his family to get a college education.

Trivia

He defended Chicano groups and other activists and wrote two novels: The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo and The Revolt of the Cockroach people.

Family Life

His marriage with Betty Daves lasted until 1963. He remained married to his second wife, Socorro Aguiniga, until 1971.

Associated With

He is portrayed by the actor Benicio del Toro in the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which is based on Thompson's novel of the same name.