Ron Woodroof

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Ron Woodroof
BornRonald Dickson Woodroof
(1950-02-03)February 3, 1950[1]
Dallas, Texas
DiedSeptember 12, 1992(1992-09-12) (aged 42)
Dallas, Texas[2]
Spouse(s)Mary Etta Pybus (1969-1972), divorced[3][4]
Rory S. Flynn (1972-1973), divorced[5][6]
Brenda Shari Robin (1982-1986), divorced[7][8]
ParentsGarland Odell Woodroof (1917-1983)[9]
Willie Mae Hughes (1917-1996)[10]
 
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Ron Woodroof
BornRonald Dickson Woodroof
(1950-02-03)February 3, 1950[1]
Dallas, Texas
DiedSeptember 12, 1992(1992-09-12) (aged 42)
Dallas, Texas[2]
Spouse(s)Mary Etta Pybus (1969-1972), divorced[3][4]
Rory S. Flynn (1972-1973), divorced[5][6]
Brenda Shari Robin (1982-1986), divorced[7][8]
ParentsGarland Odell Woodroof (1917-1983)[9]
Willie Mae Hughes (1917-1996)[10]

Ronald Dickson "Ron" Woodroof (February 3, 1950 – September 12, 1992) was an American who created what would become known as the Dallas Buyers Club in March 1988. Contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (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.[11]

He sued the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over a ban on a drug he was using.[12]

Biography[edit]

Ron Woodroof was born in Dallas, Texas, on February 3, 1950[1] to Garland Odell Woodroof (March 17, 1917 in Texas - December 3, 1983 in Dallas, Texas)[9] and Willie Mae Hughes (November 25, 1917 in Oklahoma - November 19, 1996 in Dallas, Texas).[2][10][13]

His first marriage was to Mary Etta Pybus on June 28, 1969 in Dallas, Texas,[3] and they had a daughter, Yvette Lynn Woodroof (born February 1, 1970 in Dallas, Texas).[1] They divorced on March 23, 1972 in Dallas, Texas.[4] On May 6, 1972 he married Rory S. Flynn in Dallas, Texas.[5] They divorced on May 21, 1973 in Dallas, Texas.[6] He then married Brenda Shari Robin on October 4, 1982 in Lubbock, Texas.[7] They divorced on March 4, 1986 in Dallas, Texas[8] after he was diagnosed with HIV.

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.[14]

Some of his friends told reporters he was gay or bisexual.[15][16]

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.[14] According to Borten, although Woodroof did not have a Rayon in his life (as in the film) he was a changed man following his diagnosis and his work with the Dallas Buyers Club.

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 for his performance, including the Academy Award for Best Actor.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1995
  2. ^ a b Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998
  3. ^ a b Texas Marriage Certificate Number 067216
  4. ^ a b Texas Divorce File Number 009120
  5. ^ a b Texas Marriage Certificate Number 055738
  6. ^ a b Texas Divorce File Number 020049
  7. ^ a b Texas Marriage Certificate Number 156836
  8. ^ a b Texas Divorce File Number 014037
  9. ^ a b Social Security Death Index Number 445-03-6878
  10. ^ a b Social Security Death Index Number 465-18-1334
  11. ^ Ron Woodroof The Biography.com website. Retrieved 2014-07-09
  12. ^ "The Dallas Cowboy Behind The Real 'Buyers Club'". NPR. 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  13. ^ 1940 United States Census: District 255-224, Family Number 207, Sheet Number and Letter 8A
  14. ^ a b Jacobson, Sherry. "The real story behind the ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ movie | Dallas Morning News". Dallasnews.com. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  15. ^ Posted: 02/06/2014 3:24 pm EST. "The Real Ron Woodroof 'Had Relationships With Gay Men,' Says A Friend Of The 'Dallas Buyers Club' Subject". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  16. ^ Wickman, Forrest (2014-01-17). "Was Dallas Buyers Club’s Ron Woodroof gay or bisexual? Friends and doctor say maybe, so why did the movie make him straight?". Slate.com. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  17. ^ "'We can't even look at him': Family of real-life AIDS victim played by Matthew McConaughey in harrowing new movie reveal the TRUE story of courage that inspired actor's 'breathtaking' transformation". Daily Mail. December 6, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2014.