Hunter S. Thompson

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Hunter S. Thompson

Born

7/18/1937, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Died

2/20/2005

Birth Name

Hunter Stockton Thompson

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Raoul Duke, Dr. Gonzo
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Gonzo Journalist, Hunter Stockton Thompson was born on July 18, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky. As a young man Hunter S Thompson got into trouble for drinking and vandalism. In 1956 he enlisted in the US Air Force and whilst on the waiting list to be a pilot he…more

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    • Along with Don Johnson, wrote the script for the two-hour TV movie "Bridges," a story about an unstable, former alcoholic-drug addict cop who works in L.A. with a diminuitive Latino partner and dates a mafia boss' daughter. Although rejected by NBC, they bought the script and transformed it into the series "Nash Bridges" (1996).

    • In order to improve his writing style, he once copied F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby word for word, from start to finish.

    • Was portrayed by Bill Murray in Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) and Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and The Rum Diary (2008).

    • Pleaded no contest to a drunken driving charge in San Francisco in 1987.

    • His lifelong antipathy for Richard Nixon was known by the former president, who barred him from the White House.

    • Critics have often contended that his writing style noticeably declined after his wife, Sandy, divorced him.

    • After covering the 1972 Democratic Convention in Miami for Rolling Stone Magazine, Thompson went for an evening swim in the ocean to clear his head. A light tropical storm blew up, Thompson got caught in a riptide, and he was swept out to sea. He spent the rest of the night fighting to swim back to the beach, finally crawling ashore at 9:00 A.M.

    • Wife, Anita, was 35 years younger than he was.

    • Wanted his remains to be shot out of a 150 foot long canon. The canon had to be built especially to fulfill this last wish.

    • Has a song entitled "Bat Country" written after him by the band Avenged Sevenfold.

    • Johnny Depp, who starred in two movie adaptations of Thompson's books (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and The Rum Diary (2008) ), helped to fulfill his last wish.

    • Ran for Sheriff of Aspen, Colorado in 1969 on the Freak Power Party ticket, and narrowly lost.

    • Ran for Sheriff of Aspen, Colorado in 1969 on the Freak Power Party ticket, and narrowly lost.

    • Married for nearly 18 years to Sandra Dawn Thompson, during which he wrote what were considered his two greatest books "Hells Angels" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". During the marriage, Sandy's habit of partaking on drug and alcohol binges with her husband led to several miscarriages, and only one of her pregnancies produced a healthy child, now grown Juan Thompson. Eventually, the drugs put Hunter into a several years depressed state, fights broke out between the two, and Sandy took several beatings, some times of which she fought back and injured Hunter. When she told him she wanted a divorce, Hunter went ballistic, destroying some of her possesions and burning the manuscripts she had been writing. Sandy called the sheriff, a family friend, who sent a deputy up to her house to escort her into town. The deputy, naive to the situation, sheepishly asked Sandy if Thompson possesed any firearms, to which she truthfully replied: "Yes, 22 of them, and every one is loaded".

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