John C. Rice (1858 – June 5, 1915, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 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
|Died||June 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).
Rice also performed in vaudeville, including teaming with Sally Cohen to present the sketch "Our Honeymoon" at Keith's Theater in Boston in 1898. In 1907, they performed the skit "A Bachelor's Wife" at Chase's in Washington, D. C.
|1896||The Kiss||Billie Bikes||Short|
|1936||Fashions in Love||—||Short, archive footage, posthumously release|