He graduated from Ohio University. In 1981, he moved to Chicago, where he acted in The Normal Heart, and The House of Blue Leaves. He joined the play writing group Chicago New Plays. His partner was activist and cartoonist Daniel Sotomayor. He died of complications from AIDS on November 7, 1992, aged 33.
•Parents: Leo McPherson and Peggy Sansbury
•Siblings: Bret and Mark McPherson, Steve Sansbury, Hugh Sansbury, Susan MacDowell,Ellen Oatney and Cathy Hargett
•Nieces: Amy Brigner, Meghan Boyk and Anne McPherson
- 1991 Whiting Award
- 1992 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
- Oppenheimer Award
- Obie Award
- Outer Critics Circle Award
- Induction into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame (in 1992).
- Til the Fat Lady Sings Ohio University
- Scraped Organic Theatre 1986
- Marvin's Room Goodman Theatre 1990
- Marvin's Room (film, 1996)
- Legal Briefs
- BRUCE LAMBERT (November 8, 1992). "Scott McPherson; Actor, 33, Author of a Hit Stage Play". The New York Times.
- Smith, Sid (1992-11-08), "Chicago Playwright Scott Mcpherson, 33", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 2010-12-01
- Nelson, Emmanuel Sampath, ed. (2003). Contemporary gay American poets and playwrights: an A-to-Z guide. Westport, CT & London: Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-32232-7.
- David Richards (January 5, 1997). A Door Left Ajar in 'Marvin's Room'. The Washington Post.