Dick Scanlan is an american librest, writer, and actor. He was born in 1961 in the US He is HIV positive but kept alive by drugs.
Dick's has written articles that have appeared in The New York Times "Arts & Leisure" section, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Advocate, Playboy and Theatre Week.
His short stories have been published in many magazines and are included in Best American Gay Fiction (1996).
Dick was a guest editor for the Tony Award edition of Playbill for 1997 and 1998. His critically-acclaimed novel, "Does Freddy Dance", was published in 1995. He is an accomplished actor, Scanlan is best known for his portrayal of Miss Great Plains in the hit musical Pageant.
"I never want to imply that I lived because I have a stronger life drive than the people who died," Scanlan says, emphatically crediting his rebound to the anti-HIV drug cocktail instead. "I've lost so many people who I knew to be passionate and committed to their lives. That said, it is absolutely true that your outlook contributes to your longevity. I chose to keep investing in my future--even when I had no future."