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William S. Burroughs



Next to Jack Kerouac, poet Allen Ginsberg, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, William S. Burroughs was among the primary voices of the Beat Generation and his books have earned him an enduring cult following. His most famous book, Naked Lunch, became the basis of a disturbing David Cronenberg film in 1991. Cronenberg's version of Burroughs' hallucinatory, autobiographical account of drug addiction and despair is a liberal adaptation and incorporates other elements from Burroughs' life, notably his accidental shooting of his own wife. As a cult figure, with his gaunt funereal demeanor, fedora hat, and heavy shades, Burroughs occasionally cameoed in offbeat films, notably Drugstore Cowboy (1989) and in Gus Van Sant's poorly received Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994). Burroughs last appeared in a rock video for the group U2's "Last Night on Earth."

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
90% Uncle Howard
  • Actor
2016
63% For No Good Reason
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Burroughs
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Taking Tiger Mountain
  • Screenwriter
2014
No Score Yet From Neurons to Nirvana: The Great Medicines
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Cut Ups
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2012
87% William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
  • Actor
2010
70% Chelsea on the Rocks
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Heavy Petting
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs On the Road
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Junky's Christmas
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet William S. Burroughs - Final Academy Documents
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Gothic Industrial Madness
  • Actor
2000
29% Condo Painting
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Show Stoppers
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet On the Road with Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Second Timothy Leary Tape
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet The Music of Kurt Weill: September Songs
  • Himself
1995
22% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Himself
1994
79% The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Destroy All Rational Thought
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet William S. Burroughs - Commissioner of Sewers
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Wax or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees
  • James (Hive) Maker
1991
No Score Yet Bloodhounds of Broadway
  • Butler
1989
No Score Yet Heavy Petting
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Twister
  • Man in Barn
1989
100% Drugstore Cowboy
  • Tom the Priest
1989
No Score Yet Gang of Souls
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Beat Generation: An American Dream
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet What Happened to Kerouac?
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Home of the Brave
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Kerouac, the Movie
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Decoder
  • Old Man
1984
80% Burroughs - The Movie
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Poetry in Motion
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Fried Shoes, Cooked Diamonds
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Chappaqua
  • Opium Jones
1966
88% Häxan (Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages) (The Witches)
  • Actor
1929

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