Oscar Acosta - Attorney, Family and Childhood

Home  ›  American  ›  Oscar AcostaApril 8, 1935137 views

0.0 based on 0 rates

Oscar Acosta's Personal Details

Oscar Acosta was an American attorney, novelist, politician and activist

BirthdayApril 8, 1935
Died onJanuary 1, 1974
FamousAttorney, Author, Lawyers & Judges, Novelists
SpousesBetty Daves, Socorro Aguiniga (ex-wives)
SiblingsRoberto (older brother)
Known asOscar “Zeta” Acosta
Childrens Marco Acosta
  • Modesto Junior College
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Francisco Law School
Birth PlaceEl Paso, Texas, United States
FatherManuel Acosta
MotherJuanita Acosta
Sun SignAries
Born inEl Paso, Texas, United States
Famous asAttorney, Author
Died at Age38

// Famous Author

Oscar Acosta's photo

Who is Oscar Acosta?

Oscar Acosta was an American attorney, novelist, politician, and activist in the Chicano Movement. He was best recognized as the author of the novels ‘Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo’ and ‘The Revolt of the Cockroach People.’ Both these highly acclaimed novels were his main contributions to the Chicano literary renaissance. Acosta was also famous for his friendship with author Hunter S. Thompson. The latter characterized Acosta in his novel titled ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ as a heavyweight Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo. The American attorney cum novelist disappeared during his travels in Mexico in 1974 and is presumed dead. Till date, many projects related to Acosta’s life have been made. The flick titled ‘Where the Buffalo Roam’ depicts his life as well as his relationship with Hunter S. Thompson. Similarly, ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ is a film adaptation of S. Thompson’s novel and depicts Acosta and Thompson’s 1971 Las Vegas trip.

// Famous Attorney


In 1967, Oscar Acosta joined the East Oakland Legal Aid Society as an antipoverty attorney. A year later, he moved to East Los Angeles and participated in the Chicano Movement as an activist attorney and represented Chicano 13 of the East L.A. walkouts, members of the Brown Berets, Rodolfo Gonzales and other residents of East L.A. barrio.

Then in 1972, he published his first novel titled ‘Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo’. This novel told the story of an alienated lawyer of Mexican descent, who serves in a California-based antipoverty society, without any sense of purpose or identity. Soon after this, Acosta released his next novel titled ‘The Revolt of the Cockroach People’. This novel is a fictionalized representation of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium and an account of the Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar’s death.


In May 1974, Acosta vanished while traveling in Mazatlán, Mexico. Before his disappearance, he had called his son to tell him that he was about to get onto “a boat full of white snow.”

Thompson believed that Acosta either became the victim of political assassination or was killed by drug dealers. Other people speculated that the American novelist might have suffered a nervous breakdown during the trip.

Personal Life

Oscar “Zeta” Acosta was born on April 8, 1935, in El Paso, Texas, United States, to Juanita and Manuel Acosta. He had an elder brother, Roberto. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force. Later on, he attended Modesto Junior College and San Francisco State University. After this, he took night classes at the San Francisco Law School.

Acosta married twice in his lifetime. He was with his first wife Betty Daves from 1956-1963. His marriage to his second wife Socorro Aguiniga lasted from 1969-1971. The American attorney cum author had a son, Marco Acosta.

// Famous Lawyers & Judges

// Famous Novelists

Oscar Acosta's FAQ

  • What is Oscar Acosta birthday?

    Oscar Acosta was born at 1935-04-08

  • When was Oscar Acosta died?

    Oscar Acosta was died at 1974-01-01

  • Which age was Oscar Acosta died?

    Oscar Acosta was died at age 38

  • Where is Oscar Acosta's birth place?

    Oscar Acosta was born in El Paso, Texas, United States

  • What is Oscar Acosta nationalities?

    Oscar Acosta's nationalities is American

  • Who is Oscar Acosta spouses?

    Oscar Acosta's spouses is Betty Daves, Socorro Aguiniga (ex-wives)

  • Who is Oscar Acosta siblings?

    Oscar Acosta's siblings is Roberto (older brother)

  • Who is Oscar Acosta childrens?

    Oscar Acosta's childrens is Marco Acosta

  • What was Oscar Acosta universities?

    Oscar Acosta studied at Modesto Junior College, San Francisco State University, San Francisco Law School

  • Who is Oscar Acosta's father?

    Oscar Acosta's father is Manuel Acosta

  • Who is Oscar Acosta's mother?

    Oscar Acosta's mother is Juanita Acosta

  • What is Oscar Acosta's sun sign?

    Oscar Acosta is Aries

  • How famous is Oscar Acosta?

    Oscar Acosta is famouse as Attorney, Author

Table of contents