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Dr. Timothy Leary



For a self-styled countercultural guru, Dr. Timothy Leary led a highly disciplined and scrupulously conformist early life. After being asked to leave West Point and then being expelled from the University of Alabama, Leary returned to the armed services, then committed himself to diligent study in the field of psychology, earning his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. During the 1950s, he gained a nationwide reputation for his books on personality disorders, and was a widely respected teacher/lecturer at Harvard University. Then, in the early 1960s, he developed a fascination for mind-expanding drugs; it was he who popularized the phrase "psychedelic." During the Youth Revolution of the 1960s, Leary was at the forefront with his advocacy of recreational use of LSD. His catchphrase was "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out," which also served as the title of a short film he produced and wrote in 1966. His much-publicized testing and flaunting of marijuana laws led to several arrests, which he welcomed with unbounded delight. Oddly, throughout his experimentation with and advocacy for drug use, he remained a prolific writer and lecturer and was worshipped by a large percentage of those under 30. As the '60s faded from view, so did Dr. Leary. In 1981, he made his formal film debut in Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams then went on to essentially play himself in such independently-produced efforts as Roadside Prophet (1982) and Shocker (1988). To the very last, the puckish Leary remained good copy. Upon learning that he had inoperable cancer, he publicly declared how excited he was at the prospect of experiencing the "ultimate trip."

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
78% Dying To Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary
  • Actor
2014
70% Magic Trip
  • Actor
2011
78% Doc
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Anarchy TV
  • Actor
2000
82% Conceiving Ada
  • Sims
1999
No Score Yet Timothy Leary's Last Trip
  • Himself
1997
71% Timothy Leary's Dead
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet French Exit
  • Herbal Ecstasy Guy
1995
79% The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me
  • Mr. Jones
1993
83% Roadside Prophets
  • Salvatore
1992
No Score Yet Ted & Venus
  • Poetic Judge
1991
No Score Yet Cyberpunk
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Fatal Skies
  • Buddy
1990
20% Shocker
  • TV Evangelist
1989
19% Rude Awakening
  • Diner at Ronnie's
1989
No Score Yet Growing up in America
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Beat Generation: An American Dream
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Fried Shoes, Cooked Diamonds
  • Actor
1982
43% Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams
  • Himself
1981
No Score Yet Walden - Diaries Notes and Sketches
  • Actor
1969

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Hank

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