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John Mills is a Actor, Director and Producer British born on 22 february 1908 at Felixstowe (United-kingdom)

John Mills

John Mills
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Birth name Lewis Ernest Watts Mills
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 22 february 1908 at Felixstowe (United-kingdom)
Death 23 april 2005 (at 97 years) at Buckinghamshire (United-kingdom)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Sir John Mills CBE (22 February 1908 – 23 April 2005) was an English actor who appeared in more than 120 films in a career spanning seven decades. On screen, he often played people who are not at all exceptional, but become heroes because of their common sense, generosity and good judgement. He received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Ryan's Daughter (1970).


His first wife was the actress Aileen Raymond, who died only five days after he did. They were married in 1927 and divorced in 1941. Raymond later became the mother of actor Ian Ogilvy.

His second wife was the dramatist Mary Hayley Bell. Their marriage, on 16 January 1941, lasted for 64 years, until his death in 2005. They were married in a rushed civil ceremony, because of the war; and it was not until 60 years later that they had their union blessed in a church. They lived in The Wick, London, for many years. They sold the house to musician Ronnie Wood in 1975 and moved to Hills House, Denham.

Mills and Bell had two daughters, Juliet, star of television's Nanny and the Professor and Hayley, a Disney child star who appeared in Pollyanna, The Parent Trap and Whistle Down the Wind, and one son, Jonathan Mills. In 1947, Mills appeared with his daughters in the film So Well Remembered. The three also appeared together decades later, on an episode of ABC's The Love Boat. Mills's grandson by Hayley, Crispian Mills, is a musician, best known for his work with the raga rock group Kula Shaker.

Despite having always voted Conservative, Mills publicly supported Tony Blair's Labour Party in the 2001 General Election.

Best films

Bean (1997)
Ryan's Daughter (1970)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
Great Expectations (1946)

Usually with

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David Lean
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Freddie Young
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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of John Mills (107 films)

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Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, 1h26
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the visual arts, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Marlene Dietrich, Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, Leslie Caron, Kirk Douglas
Roles Self – Interviewee
Rating76% 3.832583.832583.832583.832583.83258
En 2001, Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) est devenu le premier directeur de la photographie de l'histoire des Oscars à recevoir un Oscar d'honneur. Mais la première fois qu'il a serré la célèbre statuette dans sa main, c'était un demi-siècle plus tôt, lorsque son travail de caméra en Technicolor avait été récompensé pour le Narcisse noir de Powell et Pressburger. Au-delà de The African Queen de John Huston et de War and Peace de King Vidor, les films du duo créatif britannico-hongrois (The Red Shoes et A Matter of Life and Death également) garantissent l'immortalité au célèbre caméraman dont la carrière s'étend sur soixante-dix ans.
Bright Young Things, 1h42
Directed by Stephen Fry
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Simon McBurney, Emily Mortimer, Stephen Campbel Moore, Michael Sheen, Fenella Woolgar, James McAvoy
Roles Gentleman
Rating64% 3.2483253.2483253.2483253.2483253.248325
The primary characters are earnest aspiring novelist Adam Fenwick-Symes and his fiancée Nina Blount. When Adam's novel Bright Young Things, commissioned by tabloid newspaper magnate Lord Monomark, is confiscated by HM customs officers at the port of Dover for being too racy, he finds himself in a precarious financial situation that may force him to postpone his marriage. In the lounge of the hotel where he lives, he wins £1000 by successfully performing a trick involving sleight of hand, and the Major offers to place the money on the decidedly ill-favored Indian Runner in a forthcoming horserace. Anxious to wed Nina, Adam agrees, and the horse wins at odds of 33–1, but it takes him more than a decade to collect his winnings.
Cats (1998)

Genres Fantasy, Musical
Themes Musical films, Children's films
Actors Elaine Paige, John Mills, Ken Page, Rosemarie Ford, John Partridge, Jo Gibb
Roles Gus the Theatre Cat
Rating72% 3.6482353.6482353.6482353.6482353.648235
The musical centres on the "Jellicle Tribe", a tribe of cats who meet once a year at the Jellicle Ball, where they rejoice with their leader, Old Deuteronomy. During the Jellicle Ball, only one of the cats will be selected by Old Deuteronomy to go to the Heaviside Layer, be reborn and come back to a different life, which is known as a "Jellicle Life", just before dawn. The cats who may be considered for this honour, introduce themselves.
Bean (1997)
, 1h30
Directed by Mel Smith
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Adventure
Themes Peinture, Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol, John Mills, Burt Reynolds, Pamela Reed, Harris Yulin
Roles Chairman
Rating64% 3.2495753.2495753.2495753.2495753.249575
Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is a well meaning, but hopelessly clumsy and destructive security guard, at the Royal National Gallery in London, though his reputation for sleeping on the job compels the board of directors to attempt to fire him, they are thwarted by the chairman (Sir John Mills) who is sympathetic with him. In order to rid themselves of Bean, the board send him to Los Angeles to represent them at the unveiling of the portrait Whistler's Mother. The famous painting has been purchased for $50 million by the fictional Grierson Art Gallery with a grant from General Newton (Burt Reynolds). Bean's visit is arranged by the gallery's curator, David Langley (Peter MacNicol), who, impressed with the National Gallery's false profile of "Dr. Bean", agrees to accommodate Bean in his house for two months, much to the chagrin of his wife Allison (Pamela Reed), son Kevin (Andrew Lawrence) and daughter Jennifer (Tricia Vessey), who subsequently leave for Allison's mother's house.
The Grotesque, 1h39
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Horror
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Alan Bates, Lena Headey, Theresa Russell, Sting, Jim Carter, Anna Massey
Roles Sir Edward Cleghorn
Rating55% 2.7569552.7569552.7569552.7569552.756955
Sir Hugo is more interested in reconstructing dinosaur bones than in paying attention to his wife, Lady Harriet. He's not thrilled when daughter Cleo brings home her betrothed, Sidney, who aspires to be a poet. The new butler, Fledge, provides Lady Harriet with the attention she's been missing and then seduces Sidney. Did he have a role in Sidney's disappearance as well?
Deadly Advice
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Jane Horrocks, Brenda Fricker, Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce, Edward Woodward, Billie Whitelaw
Roles Jack the Ripper
Rating60% 3.0458753.0458753.0458753.0458753.045875
The daughters of a domineering mother aspire to break free of her control and form romantic attachments.
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about computing, Films based on science fiction novels, Frankenstein films, Cyberpunk films
Actors Patrick Bergin, Randy Quaid, Michael Gothard, John Mills, Lambert Wilson, Fiona Gillies
Roles De Lacey
Rating57% 2.8543252.8543252.8543252.8543252.854325
Starting at the North Pole, a sea captain and his explorer crew encounter Dr. Frankenstein and his creature trying to kill each other. The doctor is saved. As he warns the captain of danger, he tells how he made his creature in the Switzerland of 1818 by way of chemical and biological construction which the creature is a clone (of sorts) of Frankenstein himself, establishing a psychic bond between Creator and his Creation.
Night of the Fox, 3h20
Directed by Charles Jarrott
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors George Peppard, Michael York, Deborah Raffin, John Mills, Juliet Mills, David Birney
Roles Brig. Dougal Munro
Rating60% 3.0486453.0486453.0486453.0486453.048645
Professor Alan Stacy visits Jersey to complete his biography of his friend and pre-World War II fellow academic Harry Martineau, but arrives on the day of Harry’s funeral. Only one mourner is present, Dr Sarah Drayton. Invited back to her house, he is told by Sarah that the two of them worked for Special Operations Executive during the war. She shows Stacy a photo of them posing with Field-Marshal Rommel, and then tells the story behind the photo.
The Lady and the Highwayman, 1h30
Directed by John Hough
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Melodrama, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Oliver Reed, Claire Bloom, Christopher Cazenove, Lysette Anthony, Hugh Grant, Michael York
Roles Sir Lawrence Dobson
Rating55% 2.753332.753332.753332.753332.75333
The film begins with a narrator telling us that Cromwell's tyranny is coming to an end, when we see several men approaching on horseback. We learn that King Charles II and several of his Cavaliers have been on an exploratory tour in England, checking to see if the populace is ready to back his return. At the moment he is being hounded by a troop of Roundheads. King Charles stops to bid one of his supporters, a Royalist Lord Lucius Vyne (Hugh Grant) who he gives one of his favorite rings, telling Lucius to send it if he ever needs his help. Taking the ring Lucius borrows the King's distinctive plumed hat and leads the King's pursuers away, allowing Charles and Lucius' cousin, Lord Richard Vyne to reach a waiting boat bound for France. Lucius manages to lose the Roundheads in a cavernous entrance of a quarried chalk cliff face.
Who's That Girl, 1h30
Directed by James Foley
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Crime, Romance
Actors Madonna, Griffin Dunne, Haviland Morris, John McMartin, Dennis Burkley, Bibi Besch
Roles Montgomery Bell
Rating48% 2.4077652.4077652.4077652.4077652.407765
Nikki Finn is a carefree young woman, who is always dressed in a leather jacket and skirt, with fire-red lips, platinum bob hair and speaking in a high-pitched voice. One day, her boyfriend Johnny uncovers two men stealing money out of a trust fund and takes pictures of the theft. Johnny puts the pictures in a safety deposit box and gives Nikki the key for safekeeping. The thieves catch Johnny and murder him, then frame Nikki by putting his body into the trunk of her car. Nikki is sentenced to seven years in prison. This is seen during the animated opening credits of the movie.
When the Wind Blows, 1h20
Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, War, Comedy, Animation
Themes Post-apocalyptic films, Political films, Arme nucléaire
Actors John Mills, Peggy Ashcroft
Roles Jim Bloggs (voice)
Rating76% 3.8457853.8457853.8457853.8457853.845785
James and Hilda Bloggs are a retired couple living in a tidy isolated cottage in rural Sussex in southeast England. James frequently travels to London to read the newspapers and keep abreast of the deteriorating international situation; while frequently misunderstanding some specifics, he is fully aware of the growing risk of a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. James is horrified at a radio news report stating that a war may be only three days away, and sets about preparing for the worst as instructed by his government-issued Protect and Survive pamphlets. As Hilda continues her daily routine, and their son Ron dismisses such preparations as pointless (referencing the song "We'll All Go Together When We Go" by Tom Lehrer), James builds a lean-to shelter inside their home (which he consistently calls the "inner core or refuge" per the pamphets) and prepares a stock of supplies. He also follows through seemingly strange instructions such as painting his windows with white paint and readying sacks to lie down in when a nuclear strike hits. Despite James' concerns, he and Hilda are confident they can survive the war, as they did World War II in their childhoods, and that a Soviet defeat will ensue.
Murder with Mirrors, 1h40
Directed by Dick Lowry
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Crime
Actors Helen Hayes, Bette Davis, John Mills, Leo McKern, Dorothy Tutin, Anton Rodgers
Roles Lewis Serrocold
Rating62% 3.1491653.1491653.1491653.1491653.149165
Miss Marple (Helen Hayes) is reunited with her old American friend Carrie Louise Serrocold (Bette Davis) from their days touring Italy as young ladies. Miss Marple is called on to investigate possible causes of Carrie Louise's deteriorating health. However, as Miss Marple keeps her friend company, her attention is soon diverted as she stumbles over a dead body. A murderer is at large in a house of suspects (Brocket Hall), and a race against time begins.
The Masks of Death, 1h12
Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Sherlock Holmes films, Buddy films
Actors Peter Cushing, John Mills, Anne Baxter, Ray Milland, Anton Diffring, Gordon Jackson
Roles Dr. John H. Watson / Narrator
Rating61% 3.0955153.0955153.0955153.0955153.095515
The story takes place in 1913. Sherlock Holmes, virtually in retirement, is persuaded by Inspector Alec MacDonald of Scotland Yard to take on a baffling case. Three dead bodies have been found in London's East End, all with no discernible cause of death, but the expressions on their faces suggest that they all died in a state of terror.