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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 22 October 1920Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 31 May 1996Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (prostate cancer)

Mini Bio (1)

His mother was a teacher and his father a dentist. He attended West Point, joined the Army, and earned an undergraduate psychology degree at the University of Alabama while in service. Next he earned a master's degree from Washington State University and a doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1959, Leary joined the faculty of Harvard University. There, he met professor Richard Alpert and began a series of controlled experiments with psychedelic drugs. Four years later they were fired for using undergraduate students in the tests. They retired to Millbrook Estate, a 63-room mansion in upstate New York. People like William Burroughs, Abbie Hoffman, Jack Kerouac, Aldous Huxley and Allen Ginsberg came and went, all united by a desire to experience better living through chemistry. In 1970, he escaped from the California Men's Colony at San Luis Obispo, where he was serving a 10-year sentence for possession of two marijuana joints. His bust-out was aided by the Weather Underground and his third wife, Rosemary. He and she roamed from country to country. In Algeria, they took stayed with Eldridge Cleaver, who ultimately kidnapped his guests after a political disagreement. They escaped and fled to Switzerland. In 1973, at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, Leary was arrested by agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Extradited to the United States, he was sent to Folsom prison near Sacramento. He was paroled in 1976. Leary's life turned to lecture tours, stand-up comedy, writing books, cyberspace and the Hollywood party scene. He launched a much-ridiculed lecture tour in 1982 with Watergate villain G. Gordon Liddy. He learned of his prostate cancer in January 1995 and celebrated his remaining lifetime through his own website.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Spouse (5)

Barbara Chase (19 December 1978 - 1992) (divorced) (1 child)
Rosemary Woodruff Leary (11 November 1967 - 1976) (divorced)
Nena Thurman (12 December 1964 - 1965) (divorced)
Mary Della Cioppa (1956 - 1957)
Marianne Busch (14 April 1945 - 22 October 1955) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (12)

Born at 10:20am-EDT
Godfather of actress Winona Ryder.
Was the first husband of actress Uma Thurman's mother, Nena Thurman.
While he toyed with the idea of cryogenic suspension, he never went ahead with it. Instead, his body was cremated, with a portion of his ashes placed on a small rocket that is presently in Earth orbit, and will eventually burn up as it re-enters the atmosphere (the rocket includes portions of the ashes of Star Trek (1966) creator Gene Roddenberry).
His death was announced on the internet with a black screen on his website, and the words "Timothy has passed."
Claimed he was conceived on the night before Prohibition went into effect in the USA.
According to his son, his last words were most unusual. He reportedly sat up in bed, shouting "Yeah! Why not? Why not?" He then laid back down and said "Oh! Beautiful! Beautiful!"
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 348-351. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Was friends with Bill Moseley.
Father of Zach Leary.
Once appeared on stage dressed as Satan, proclaiming, "I am the god of Hellfire!" An acid-head in the front row yelled in fright, and ran screaming out of the amphitheater.
Served as one of several celebrity witnesses to testify at the trial of the "Chicago Eight" featuring defendants, Abbie Hoffman, David Dellinger, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, Bobby Seale, Rennie Davis, John Froines and Lee Weiner (1969-1970).

Personal Quotes (6)

Tune in, turn on, drop out [trademark phrase that became a '60s counterculture catchphrase]
Think For Yourself. Question Authority.
If you don't like what you're doing, you can always pick your needle and move to another groove.
I declare that The Beatles are mutants. Prototypes of evolutionary agents sent by God, endowed with a mysterious power to create a new human species, a young race of laughing freemen.
Each religion has got their own way of making you feel like a victim. The Christians say "you are a sinner", and you better just zip up your trousers and give the money to the pope and we'll give you a room up in the hotel in the sky.
The kids who take LSD aren't going to fight your wars... They're not going to join your corporations. They won't buy it.

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