Born in 1935, OSCAR ZETA ACOSTA was an activist in the Chicano Movement and an attorney. His friendship with Hunter S. Thompson provided fodder for that author's best-known work, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, in which Acosta was dramatized as the eccentric Samoan attorney Dr. Gonzo. Acosta disappeared in Mexico in 1974 and is presumed dead.
Before his mysterious disappearance and probable death in 1971, Oscar Zeta Acosta was famous as a Robin Hood Chicano lawyer and notorious as the real-life model for Hunter S. Thompson's 'Dr. Gonzo,' a fat, pugnacious attorney with a gargantuan appetite fo... SEE MORE