Timothy Leary

Timothy Leary

Highest Rated: 78% Dying To Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary (2014)

Lowest Rated: 19% Rude Awakening (1989)

Birthday: Oct 22, 1920

Birthplace: Not Available

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."

Highest Rated Movies



78% Dying To Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary Actor 2014
72% Magic Trip Actor $0.2M 2011
No Score Yet Anarchy TV Actor 2000
No Score Yet French Exit Herbal Ecstasy Guy 1995
No Score Yet Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Mr. Jones 1993
No Score Yet Ted & Venus Poetic Judge 1991
24% Shocker TV Evangelist 1989
19% Rude Awakening Diner at Ronnie's 1989
No Score Yet Fried Shoes, Cooked Diamonds Actor 1982
No Score Yet Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out Actor 1967


93% Frasier
Voice of Hank 1994
91% The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
Dr. Milo 1994
No Score Yet Blossom
Timothy Leary 1992
97% Moonlighting
Wynn Deaupayne 1989


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