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Overview (3)

Born in La Jolla, California, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (liver failure caused by hepatitis C and HIV co-infection)
Birth NameAlanson Russell Loud

Mini Bio (1)

Lance Loud was born on June 26, 1951 in La Jolla, California, USA as Alanson Russell Loud. He was an actor, known for An American Family (1973), Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003) and The Long Island Four (1980). He died on December 22, 2001 in Los Angeles, California.

Trivia (7)

Brother of Grant Loud.
Lance Loud was part of the cast of the first reality TV show, An American Family, which followed the Louds, father Bill, and mother Pat, their five teenage kids and two poodles. The "typical" American family, living in California, agreed to have their lives filmed, edited, and broadcast. Enormously popular, enormously controversial, and, once over, almost immediately forgotten. Lance came out as gay on the show in 1973. Members of the family tried to spin their celebrity into careers, none found much success.
In 1981, he moved back to California, where he studied journalism. He often wrote articles for the Advocate, Details and Interview. He also had a few small television and film roles.
After the series aired, Loud lived in New York for several years and performed in a rock band called the Mumps.
Is considered by many media analysts to have been the first "prominent openly gay man" on TV.

Personal Quotes (2)

In 1970, television ate my family. The Andy Warhol prophecy of 15 minutes of fame for any and everyone blew up on our doorstep.
Our music spoke to the true misfit class of American teenager. Not the poetic James Dean-type dream outcast, but the real, needy, nobody wants 'em, forgotten teens. You know the type. Too square to be down with the homebodys, too idiotic to be up with the intellectuals, too insecure to be the center of attention, and too impatient to just sit at home and wait until they get to be 21.

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