Hunter S Thompson

Journalist
Wild, eccentric and fueled by copious amounts of drugs and alcohol, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson emerged from the 1960's as the pioneer of gonzo journalism-a style of reporting devoid of objectivity where he injected himself ... Read more »
Born: 07/17/1937 in Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Actor (7)

Fuck 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Breakfast With Hunter 2002 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Anthem 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

In This Corner... Boxing's Historic Battles 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Carter 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (4)

The Rum Diary 2011 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Rum Diary") (Source Material)

Nash Bridges 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

From Story

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

("Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas") (Book as Source Material)
Other (1)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

(Consultant)

Biography

Wild, eccentric and fueled by copious amounts of drugs and alcohol, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson emerged from the 1960's as the pioneer of gonzo journalism-a style of reporting devoid of objectivity where he injected himself into a story and allowed his drug-addled and often criminal behavior to become its focus. But his stories were more than mere first person reportage-they became mind-bending excursions into the heart of darkness of America. Whether it was riding with the Hell's Angels, lamenting Richard Nixon as a purveyor of evil or barreling toward Las Vegas in a red Cadillac with the top down and a trunk full of booze and drugs, Thompson cut open the underbelly of the American Dream with his obsidian prose and in the process became the scourge of some, the hero of many and one of the great American writers of the 20th century.

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York

Milestones

2008

Subject of Alex Gibney's documentary, "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson"

2005

Died at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colorado, on February 20, 2005 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 67 years old.

2004

Wrote a Web column, "Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness Modern History from the Sports Desk," for ESPN

2003

Wrote "Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century"

1998

Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Torro starred in an adaptation of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," directed by Terry Gilliam

1995

Released his account of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential win, "Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie"

1990

Released volume three of the Gonzo Papers, "Songs of the Doomed," that included articles written from 1950-1990

1980

Bill Murray portrayed Thompson in the film "Where the Buffalo Roam"

1979

Released the first volume of "Gonzo Papers," a collection of Watergate-era articles spanning the 1970’s, titled "The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales From a Strange Time"

1972

Released a compilation of his Rolling Stone articles, "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72"

1970

An account of a drug-fueled trip to cover a district attorneys' anti-drug conference as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine became his best-known work "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream"

1969

Ran for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, on a Freak Power Party platform of decriminalizing drugs; he lost in a tight race

1966

First published book "Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga," a fairly straightforward chronicle about the motorcycle gang, which Thompson had followed around for a year

1964

Worked as the West Coast correspondent for Nation

1961

Became the South American correspondent for the National Observer

1959

Moved to Puerto Rico, where his experiences became the subject of his first completed novel, "The Rum Diary," written in 1959, but not published until 1998

1959

Worked for Time magazine as a copy boy

1959

Worked as a Caribbean correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune

Began work as a media critic for the San Francisco Examiner, writing nearly 170 columns that eventually became his second volume of Gonzo Papers, "Generation of Swine"

While enlisted he began his journalism career, as a sports writer and editor for the Eglin Air Force Base Newsletter

Bonus Trivia

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In 1958 he received a dishonorable discharged from the air force after an officer claimed his disregard for military dress and authority was having a bad influence on other airmen.

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