William Lee

William Lee

Highest Rated: 97% Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

Lowest Rated: 18% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)

Birthday: Feb 5, 1914

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Though he was considered "the Godfather of the Beat Generation," William S. Burroughs had little in common with the sons of immigrants who established themselves post-war as America's first unique literary movement. Born into upper middle class affluence, Missouri native Burroughs was influenced by his occult-obsessed mother and a family cook who filled his head with tales of Irish witchcraft. A voracious reader of pulp novels, the teenage Burroughs idolized the gangsters of the Jazz Era while a serious injury treated with morphine gave him a taste for opiates. In New York during World War II, he made the acquaintance of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, soon to break out as guiding lights of the nascent Beat movement. A looming prison sentence for drug trafficking chased Burroughs and his family to Mexico, where he shot his companion, Joan Vollmer, dead in a parlor prank gone wrong. Losing both his companion and custody of his son, Burroughs paradoxically found his voice as a writer and published his masterpiece, Naked Lunch, in 1959. The darkly satirical novel prompted a highly publicized obscenity trial in America, making Burroughs a cause célèbre and stamping him as an outlaw chronicler of atomic age alienation, whose influence can be seen in the works of such diverse artists as musicians Mick Jagger and Kurt Cobain, science fiction novelist Philip K. Dick, performance artist Laurie Anderson and filmmaker David Cronenberg.

Highest rated movies

Drugstore Cowboy
Burroughs: The Movie
The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
Chelsea on the Rocks
Condo Painting




63% 61% For No Good Reason Self $67.1K 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nova Express Narrator - 2009
71% 44% Chelsea on the Rocks Unknown (Character) $6.9K 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Japanese Sandman Screenwriter - 2007
80% 78% Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles Self $26.3K 1999
29% No Score Yet Condo Painting Unknown (Character) $5.4K 1999
No Score Yet 89% September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill Self - 1995
79% 71% The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg Unknown (Character) $4.5K 1993
18% 28% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Self $1.7M 1993
No Score Yet 79% Wax, or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees James "Hive" Maker (Character) - 1992
70% 77% Naked Lunch Writer $2.2M 1991
No Score Yet 71% William S. Burroughs - Commissioner of Sewers Unknown (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 44% Twister Man in Barn (Character) - 1989
97% 85% Drugstore Cowboy Tom the Priest (Character) $4.2M 1989
No Score Yet 76% What Happened to Kerouac? Himself (as William Burroughs) (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 91% Home of the Brave Self - 1986
No Score Yet 50% Decoder Old Man (Character) - 1984
92% 86% Burroughs: The Movie Unknown (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 74% Poetry in Motion Unknown (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 85% Chappaqua Opium Jones (Character) - 1966