Ron Woodroof

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Ron Woodroof
Born(1950-02-03)February 3, 1950
Texas
DiedSeptember 12, 1992(1992-09-12) (aged 42)
 
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Ron Woodroof
Born(1950-02-03)February 3, 1950
Texas
DiedSeptember 12, 1992(1992-09-12) (aged 42)

Ronald Dickson "Ron" Woodroof (3 February 1950 - 12 September 1992) was an American who created what would become known as the Dallas Buyers Club in March 1988. Contracting HIV in the 1980s, he created the group as part of his efforts to find and distribute drugs to treat HIV at a time when the disease was poorly understood.[1]

He sued the FDA over a ban on a drug he was using.[2]

Biography[edit]

He had a mercurial personality. One reporter writes that "Woodroof took guns to his doctor’s office, prompting Dr. Steven Pounders to 'fire him as a patient.'" Woodroof later sent the doctor roses and the doctor took him back as a patient.[3]

Some of his friends have told reporters he was gay or bisexual.[4][5]

Accounts differ on whether he made homophobic comments. Reporter and screenwriter Craig Borten has said Woodroof was "as racist and homophobic as they come" while friends reportedly claim the opposite.[3]

Death and afterward[edit]

Seven years following his diagnosis of HIV, Ron Woodroof died on September 12, 1992 from pneumonia brought on by AIDS. Over 20 years following his death, Woodroof's final years became the basis of the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club. He was portrayed in the film by Matthew McConaughey, who won many awards from his role including the Academy Award for Best Actor. [6]

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