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Date of Birth 14 September 1954Red Bank, New Jersey, USA
Date of Death 1992New York City, New York, USA  (AIDS)
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David Wojnarowicz known more for his writing, art and AIDS activism than his acting. Born in Red Bank, New Jersey in 1954, into a terrible family setting. His father abused David and the rest of the family, occasionally brandishing a gun and shooting the house up. Left home by 16 and relocated to NYC. With no money or education he turned tricks in the city for money. At this point he also began using intravenous drugs. Once in NYC he began gathering a series of monologues from homeless people, hookers, drug addicts, and the like. He was able to find a publisher and these narratives can be found in "The Weight of the Earth" parts I and II. While in NYC he met other artists such as Joe Coleman, Andreas Cerano, Lydia Lunch, Nick Zedd, and Richard Kern. He had a minor role in Kern's Manhattan Love Suicides (1985) as a retarded stalker. He then co-starred in You Killed Me First (1985) along with fellow artist Karen Finley. In the film David acts out the role of a violent father, brandishing a gun at the family supper table. Broke and living hand to mouth, David continue to grow and develop as an artist. Despite lingering in obscurity for a while, a favorable review in Village Voice brought an unexpected windfall of cash his way. Money after that was not a problem. However, a much more serious problem overtook David's life and changed his art until his death. Wojnarowicz contracted HIV which was devastating the New York art scene. (Other famous casualties include Keith Haring). David's work, now mostly writing, became increasingly acerbic, lashing out at the Regan presidency. He succumed to complications of the disease in 1992. During this period he suffered from terrible side effects of drugs such as AZT. He also had to fight hard to not be evicted from his apartment during his illness.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: msanborn@books24x7.com

Trivia (3)

Painter, sculptor, filmmaker, photographer, writer, performance artist and actor.
Was a hustler in Times Square at the age of sixteen and hitchhiked often, living in Paris, San Francisco and finally New York City.
Initiated litigation against the American Family Association of Tupelo, Mississippi for damaging his reputation and misrepresenting his art, and won.

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