John C. Rice


John C. Rice (1858 – June 5, 1915, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[1]) was an American born Broadway stage actor and vaudevillian 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.

John C. Rice
Rice c. 1890s
DiedJune 5, 1915 (aged 58)
Occupation(s)Stage, film actor

Rice's Broadway credits included Vivian's Papas (1903), Are You a Mason? (1901), Courted Into Court (1897), and The Widow Jones (1895).[1]

Rice also performed in vaudeville, including teaming with Sally Cohen to present the sketch "Our Honeymoon" at Keith's Theater in Boston in 1898.[2] In 1907, they performed the skit "A Bachelor's Wife" at Chase's in Washington, D. C.[3]

Filmography edit

Year Title Role Notes
1896 The Kiss Billie Bikes Short
1900 The Kleptomaniacs
1936 Fashions in Love Short, archive footage, posthumously release

References edit

  1. ^ a b "John C. Rice". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on February 28, 2022. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  2. ^ "Keith's Theater". The Boston Globe. April 17, 1898. p. 18. Retrieved March 8, 2022 – via
  3. ^ "Chase's--John C. Rice and Sally Cohen". The Washington Post. September 15, 1907. p. 82. Retrieved March 8, 2022 – via

External links edit

  • John C. Rice at IMDb
  • John C. Rice at the Internet Broadway Database  
  • Victorian era portrait of young John C. Rice (North American Theatre Online, alexanderstreet)