|  Share | Cite

Ken Kesey

Age: 66

writer and counterculture hero who was inspired to write his first novel, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, while working as a night attendant in the psychiatric ward of a California hospital. He was a spokesman for psychedelic drugs, and his 1964 cross-country trip with his Merry Pranksters in a 1932 bus painted in Day-Glo colors was chronicled by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Cuckoo's Nest was adapted for Broadway (1963–64, 1970, and 2001) and for film (1975). The film version won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (Milos Forman), Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), and Best Actress (Louise Fletcher).

Died: Eugene, Ore., Nov. 10, 2001

Dr. Robert KerrG - LHank Ketcham

More on Ken Kesey from Infoplease:

  • Ken Elton Kesey - Kesey, Ken Elton Kesey, Ken Elton, 1935–2001, American novelist and counterculture figure, b. ...
  • Ken Kesey - Biography of Ken Kesey, Author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Ken Kesey - Ken Kesey writer Born: 9/17/1935 Birthplace: La Junta, Colorado counterculture hero who was ...
  • Neal Cassady - Biography of Neal Cassady, The basis for Dean Moriarity in Jack Kerouac's On the Road
  • Magic Trip - Starring Stanley Tucci, Ken Kesey, Neal Cass