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Davis, Brad (1949-1991)  
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In his final months Davis had been working on a proposal for a book about his struggle with AIDS. In 1997 his widow published a biography, After Midnight: The Life and Death of Brad Davis. In it, she echoed the description of her husband that had appeared in newspaper articles about him, "the first heterosexual actor to die of AIDS." She expressed the belief that he must have contracted the disease through his drug abuse, although she also stated that he had had an aversion to needles and had consumed cocaine by snorting it or rubbing it on his gums.

Bluestein Davis acknowledged that in his early years in New York, her late husband had "hustled" in Times Square and had lived with a transvestite, but she insisted that he was heterosexual. However, the description of Davis as heterosexual is contradicted by other sources.

Davis's friend gay writer Rodger McFarlane said that Davis "never [said] he wasn't gay when someone asked." The late actor Timothy Patrick Murphy spoke of having had an affair with Davis in the mid-1980s. In an interview that appears in Boze Hadleigh's book Hollywood Gays, Davis himself acknowledged having had sex with men and, when asked if he considered himself bisexual, he replied "didn't someone once say that everyone's bisexual, deep down?"

Linda Rapp

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"Davis, Brad." The Hollywood Who's Who. Robyn Karney, ed. New York: Continuum, 1993. 113-114.

Davis, Susan Bluestein, with Hilary de Vries. After Midnight: The Life and Death of Brad Davis. New York: Pocket Books, 1997.

Hadleigh, Boze. Hollywood Gays. New York: Barricade Books, 1996.

Pela, Robert L. "Our Man Brad." The Advocate (July 8, 1997): 36.

Zonana, Victor F. "Profile in Courage, Anger." Los Angeles Times (September 11, 1991): F1.


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    Entry Title: Davis, Brad  
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