“Sexual fulfillment is the banana life dangles in front of us just to keep us running.”

  • Name: Jobriath
  • Born: December 14, 1946
  • Died: August 3, 1983 
  • From: Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Pronouns: He/Him
  • Contribution/Impact: After accompanying a friend to the audition for the musical Hair as a piano player, he impressed the producer and director with his singing and talents on the piano, and was soon cast by the director Tom O’Horgan into a leading role as ‘Woof’, an implicitly gay teenager. 
  • Occupation: Rock Musician/Actor
  • Known For: “Jobriath I’maman” and “Jobriath Rock of ages”.
  • Awards: His documentary won the Best Documentary award at both the Out on Film festival and the Dublin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The film had a limited theatrical release on January 31, 2014, and was released to DVD in 2015.
  • Interesting Facts: He was the first openly gay rock musician to be signed to a major record label, and one of the first internationally famous musicians to die of AIDS.

Bruce Wayne Campbell (December 14, 1946 – August 3, 1983), known by his stage name Jobriath, was an American rock musician and actor. By the time his 10-year contract with Brandt was finally up, Jobriath was sick with AIDS. He began to feel ill in late 1981 but still managed to contribute to the Chelsea Hotel’s 100th birthday celebrations in November 1982. He died on August 3, 1983, one week after the end of his original 10-year contract with Jerry Brandt expired. 


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