John Outlaw

From his NY Times Obituary, March 12, 1993

John Outlaw, an actor and musician who had fought AIDS since 1979 and used songs to dramatize issues about the epidemic, died of the disease on Monday at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. He was 37 and lived in Manhattan.

Mr. Outlaw was one of the longest known survivors of AIDS, said Anne Levine Ezer, a friend. He had experienced early-stage symptoms before medical authorities recognized AIDS as a new illness.

In 1987, Mr. Outlaw organized a rock band, the John Outlaw Project and led it as a singer and guitarist. He wrote songs on AIDS that the group performed in clubs in Manhattan. His song “Down at the Drugstore” was recorded in 1990 and was made into a music video that was shown on MTV.

As an actor, he appeared in the television soap operas “All My Children,” “Another World” and “Guiding Light.” He also acted in Off Broadway plays and national commercials for Pepsi, Listerine, Jeep, Almond Joy and other products.

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
Actor Keyboard 1981-82 Season