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William S. Burroughs (1914–1997)

William S. Burroughs, one of the three seminal writers of the Beat Generation (the other two being his friends Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg), was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 5, 1914, to the son of the founder of the Burroughs Adding Machine Co. He grew up in patrician surroundings and attended private school in Los Alamos, New ... See full bio »


(age 83) in Lawrence, Kansas, USA

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 1998 The Book of Life
Preacher on Radio (voice, uncredited)
 1995 The Dark Eye (Video Game)
 1995 Ripley's Believe It or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu (Video Game)
Pesky Peasant (as William Lee)
 1994 Ah Pook Is Here (Short)
 1993 The Junky's Christmas (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1991 Thanksgiving Prayer (Short)
A Speaker
 1989 Drugstore Cowboy
Tom the Priest
 1989 Twister
Man in Barn (as William Burroughs)
 1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway
Butler (as William Burroughs)
 1984 Decoder
Old Man
 1981 Energy and How to Get It (Short)
 1978 Thot-Fal'N (Short)
 1966 The Cut Ups (Short)
 1966 Chappaqua
Opium Jones
 1963 Towers Open Fire (Short)
 1922 Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (Documentary)
Narrator (1968 re-release) (voice, as William Burroughs)
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Other Works:

Spoken Word Recording (with Kurt Cobain): "The Priest They Called Him" See more »

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3 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 2 Interviews | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

William Burroughs | William Lee


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If civilized countries want to return to Druid Hanging Rites in the Sacred Grove or to drink blood with the Aztecs and feed their Gods with the blood of human sacrifice, let them see what they actually eat and drink. Let them see what is on the end of that long newspaper spoon." -- "Naked Lunch See more »


He is featured on the song "Just One Fix" by Ministry with a vocal speaking part. Like frontman Al Jourgensen, Burroughs was also a heroin addict. See more »


Gravelly voice, a fedora tipped to the right with heavy glasses and dark, sardonic sense of humor.


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