Eugene Landy, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Eugene Landy

American psychologist

Date of Birth: 26-Nov-1934

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Date of Death: 22-Mar-2006

Profession: psychologist, psychotherapist

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Eugene Landy

  • Eugene Ellsworth Landy (November 26, 1934 – March 22, 2006) was an American psychotherapist known for his unconventional 24-hour therapy and especially for his treatment of the Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • His treatment of Wilson was deemed unethical by Californian courts and was later dramatized in the 2014 biographical film Love & Mercy, in which Landy is portrayed by Paul Giamatti. As a teenager, Landy aspired to show business, briefly serving as an early manager for George Benson.
  • During the 1960s, he began studying psychology, earning his doctorate at the University of Oklahoma.
  • After moving to Los Angeles, he treated many celebrity clients, including musician Alice Cooper and actors Richard Harris, Rod Steiger, Maureen McCormick, and Gig Young.
  • He also developed an unorthodox 24-hour regimen intended to stabilize his patients by micromanaging their lives with a team of counselors and doctors. Brian Wilson initially became a patient under Landy's program in 1975.
  • Landy was soon discharged due to his burdensome fees.
  • In 1982, Landy was re-employed as Wilson's therapist, subsequently becoming his executive producer, business manager, co-songwriter, and business adviser.
  • Landy went on to co-produce Wilson's debut solo album Brian Wilson (1988) and its unreleased follow-up Sweet Insanity (1991), as well as allegedly ghostwriting portions of Wilson's disowned memoir Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story (1991). In 1989, Landy agreed to let the state of California revoke his professional license amidst accusations of ethical violations and patient misconduct.
  • Wilson continued to see Landy until a 1992 restraining order barred Landy from contacting the musician ever again.
  • After the 1990s, Landy continued a psychotherapy practice with licensure in New Mexico and Hawaii until his death.

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