John C. Rice

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John C. Rice
May Irwin John C. Rice Kiss 1896.jpg
May Irwin and John Rice in The Kiss
Born 1858
Died June 5, 1915(1915-06-05)
Occupation Stage, film actor

John C. Rice (ca. 1858, Sullivan County, New York – June 5, 1915, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was an American born Broadway stage actor who is credited with performing the first onscreen kiss with May Irwin in 1896 for the Thomas Edison film company film The Kiss. The film was a 47-second recreation of a scene from the Broadway play The Widow Jones starring Irwin and Rice.

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