Abbie Hoffman

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Abbie Hoffman
Abbie Hoffman
Born November 30, 1936(1936-11-30)
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died April 12, 1989(1989-04-12) (aged 52)
New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States
Other names Free, Barry Freed
Occupation Social and political activist, writer

Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman (November 30, 1936 – April 12, 1989) was an American social and political activist.

He was arrested following a conviction for selling cocaine.[1] He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1980. He committed suicide by overdose of phenobarbital and alcohol.

Portrayal in media[change | change source]

Hoffman's life was dramatized in the 2000 movie Steal This Movie, in which he was portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio.

In the 1987 HBO television movie Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8, Michael Lembeck acted the part of Hoffman.

Richard D'Alessandro played the part of Hoffman in the 1994 movie Forrest Gump speaking against "the war in Viet-fucking-nam" at a protest rally at the Lincoln Memorial.

Hank Azaria's voice is heard as the animated Hoffman in the movie "Chicago 10".

Sacha Baron Cohen has been cast as Hoffman in Steven Spielberg's movie The Trial of the Chicago Seven.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. JOHN T. MCQUISTON (1989-04-14). "Abbie Hoffman, 60's Icon, Dies; Yippie Movement Founder Was 52". http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE3DF1030F937A25757C0A96F948260&scp=4&sq=abbie%20hoffman%20died&st=cse. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
  2. Harlow, John (2007-12-30). "No more jokes as Borat turns war protester". Times Online. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article3108058.ece. Retrieved 2008-10-23.

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