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William "Bill" Rice

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Bill Rice
William Rice

October 17, 1931
Vermont, U.S.
DiedJanuary 23, 2006 (aged 74)
EducationMiddlebury College
Occupation(s)Actor, artist

William Rice (October 17, 1931 – January 23, 2006) was an American actor, artist, and member of the avant-garde art scene in Manhattan's East Village for many years.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Vermont and graduated from Middlebury College.


After graduating from Middlebury, Rice moved into an apartment on Third Avenue in Manhattan in 1953. A painter, film actor, and an unaffiliated scholar, Bill Rice was one of the central figures in the various bohemian enclaves that gathered and overlapped in the Lower East Side of the 1960s. Among his diverse achievements, Rice worked with noted Gertrude Stein expert Ulla Dydo on Gertrude Stein: The Language That Rises: 1923–1934 (2003), an essential study of the author's writing process, using her notebooks and manuscripts.[1]


Rice died in Manhattan of lung cancer on January 23, 2006.[2][3]



Year Title Role Notes
1967 Young Americans Documentary
1980 The Offenders Dr. Moore
1980 The Trap Door Fuller Brush Man
1981 Subway Riders Mr. Gollstone
1982 Vortex Frederick Fields
1982 Wild Style Art Gallery Party Guest Uncredited
1984 Decoder Jaeger
1984 Doomed Love Andre
1986 Sleepwalk Man at Elevator
1987 Her Name Is Lisa Hargus Beasley
1987 Thunder Warrior II Thomas Rupert
1988 The Big Blue Arthur
1988 Landlord Blues Roth
1989 Rain Preacher
1992 Last Supper The provider
1994 Jonas in the Desert Documentary
2003 Coffee and Cigarettes Bill
2005 One Last Thing... Undertaker


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Chicago Hope Patient #1 Episode: "Right to Life"



  1. ^ Yau, John (Jul–Aug 2011). "Bill Rice: Paintings & Works on Paper". The Brooklyn Rail.
  2. ^ Levin, Sara G. (February 2006). "Bill Rice, 74, cult film actor, artist and writer". The Villager. Archived from the original on January 29, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Cotter, Holland (January 29, 2006). "Bill Rice, 74, Downtown Artist, Actor and Impresario, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2015.

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