William S. Burroughs

Total Box Office:
 $46.4k
Highest Rated:
100% Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Lowest Rated:
22% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994)
Birthday:
Feb 5
Birthplace:
Not Available
Bio:
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.…

Filmography


MOVIES   

Rating Title Credit Box Office Year
Taking Tiger Mountain
  • Screenwriter
-- 2014
Burroughs
  • Actor
-- 2014
The Cut Ups
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
-- 2012
87% William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
  • Actor
$46.4k 2010
Corso: The Last Beat
  • Actor
-- 2009
70% Chelsea on the Rocks
  • Actor
-- 2008
Heavy Petting
  • Actor
-- 2007
Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs On the Road
  • Actor
-- 2007
William S. Burroughs - Final Academy Documents
  • Actor
-- 2002
Gothic Industrial Madness
  • Actor
-- 2000
Show Stoppers
  • Actor
-- 2000
29% Condo Painting
  • Actor
-- 1999
Second Timothy Leary Tape
  • Actor
-- 1999
Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles
  • Actor
-- 1999
Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles
  • Actor
-- 1998
58% Twister
  • Actor
-- 1996
The Music of Kurt Weill: September Songs
  • Himself
-- 1995
22% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Himself
-- 1994
Destroy All Rational Thought
  • Actor
-- 1993
79% The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
  • Actor
-- 1993
The Junky's Christmas
  • Actor
-- 1993
Wax, or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees
  • James (Hive) Maker
-- 1991
Heavy Petting
  • Actor
-- 1989
Gang of Souls: A Generation of Beat Poets
  • Actor
-- 1989
Twister
  • Man in Barn
-- 1989
Bloodhounds of Broadway
  • Butler
-- 1989
100% Drugstore Cowboy
  • Tom the Priest
-- 1989
Beat Generation: An American Dream
  • Actor
-- 1987
William S. Burroughs - Commissioner of Sewers
  • Actor
-- 1986
Home of the Brave: A Film by Laurie Anderson
  • Actor
-- 1985
Jack Kerouac: What Happened to Kerouac?
  • Actor
-- 1985
83% Ornette: Made in America
  • Actor
-- 1985
Jack Kerouac - King of the Beats
  • Actor
-- 1985
Kerouac, the Movie
  • Actor
-- 1984
Burroughs - The Movie
  • Actor
-- 1984
Decoder
  • Old Man
-- 1984
Poetry in Motion
  • Actor
-- 1982
Fried Shoes, Cooked Diamonds
  • Actor
-- 1982
Chappaqua
  • Opium Jones
-- 1966
88% Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (The Witches) (Haxan)
  • Actor
-- 1929

William S. Burroughs Trivia

The prosecution of Burroughs' book "Naked Lunch" by the Comonwealth of Massachusetts is considered the last major obscenity trial in the United States. The book was initially found obscene, but the Massachusetts Supreme Court overturned the decision on appeal in 1966. For the initial trial, Grove Press had gathered together an impressive list of "experts" such as Norman Mailer to defend the book, but Burroughs' modern classic initially lost and was declared obscene in Massachusetts. However, the state Supreme Court (Memoirs v. Massachusetts) found that the book "was not without social value, and therefore, not obscene." With the ruling, an era that began in 1870s when anti-smut crusader Anthony Comstock led the charge for stricter enforcement of obscenity laws by the federal and state governments came to an end.
- submitted by El Hombre I (3 years ago)

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