Anton Szandor LaVey was an American author, musician, and occultist. He was the founder of the Church of Satan and the religion of Satanism. He authored several books, including The Satanic Bible, The Satanic Rituals, The Satanic Witch, The Devil's Notebook, and Satan Speaks! In addition, he released three albums, including The Satanic Mass, Satan Takes a Holiday, and Strange Music. He played a minor on-screen role and served as technical advisor for the 1975 film The Devil's Rain and served as host and narrator for Nick Bougas' 1989 mondo film Death Scenes. LaVey was the subject of numerous articles in news media throughout the world, including popular magazines such as Look, McCall's, Newsweek, and Time, and men's magazines. He also appeared on talk shows such as The Joe Pyne Show, Donahue and The Tonight Show, and in two feature-length documentaries: Satanis in 1969 and Speak of the Devil: The Canon of Anton LaVey in 1993.
|Denomination||Church of Satan|
|Born||Howard Stanton Levey, April 11, 1930, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Died||October 29, 1997, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Spouse||Carole Lansing (m. 1951–1960 - mother of Karla), Diane Hegarty (common-law marriage 1960–1984 - mother of Zeena), Blanche Barton (1984–1997, his death - mother of Xerxes)|
|Children||Karla LaVey, Zeena Schreck, Satan Xerxes Carnacki LaVey|
|Title||Author of Satanic Bible, High Priest and founder of The Church of Satan|
|Profession||Author, musician, priest|
|Signature||Anton LaVey Signature.jpg|
|IMDb||Anton LaVey's IMDb|
Author, occultist, and musician who founded the Church of Satan in 1966. He wrote "The Satanic Bible" in 1969 and is nicknamed "The Black Pope."
He was a photographer for the San Francisco Police Department for three years and also was an amateur psychic investigator.
He left his first wife for Diane Hegarty, who would help him found the Church of Satan and was also the mother of his second child, Zeena Galatea; they never married.
He influenced the musician Marilyn Manson.
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- Church of Satan
- American LaVeyan Satanists
- Satanist religious leaders
- Tamalpais High School alumni
- American occultists
- American occult writers
- American eugenicists
- Founders of new religious movements
- American organists
- Science fiction fans
- Writers from San Francisco
Latest information about Anton LaVey updated on June 14 2021.