Above: Ron Kovic in 1990 at the 62nd Academy Awards for Born on the Fourth of July which received eight nominations and won in two categories. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic: Alan Light.
Ron Kovic - American anti-war activist, writer, and former United States Marine Corps sergeant; born Ronald Lawrence Kovic on July 4, 1946 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin.
Kovic is best known as the author of his 1976 memoir, Born on the Fourth of July, which was made into an Academy Award–winning film in 1989 directed by Oliver Stone.
Although born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, Kovic was raised in Massapequa, Long Island, New York. In high school, Kovic was a wrestler and pole vaulter, and hoped to be a major league baseball player after graduation.
Kovic wounded and paralyzed in the Vietnam War and became an anti-war activist.
Kovic's best-selling autobiography, "Born on the Fourth of July" was published in 1976 and made into a film in 1989. Kovic was nominated for an Academy Award along with Oliver Stone for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Above: Ron Kovic protesting the 1972 Republican National Convention. Photo is licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike 1.0: Tony Schweikle.
Above: Ron Kovic at an anti-war rally in Los Angeles, California on October 12, 2007. Photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic: Damon D'Amato.
Above: Trailer for Born on the Fourth of July (1989), starring Tom Cruise playing Ron Kovic.