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Ray Milland is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Associate Producer and Technical Advisor British born on 4 january 1907 at Wales (United-kingdom)

Ray Milland

Ray Milland
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Birth name Reginald Alfred John Truscott-Jones
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 4 january 1907 at Wales (United-kingdom)
Death 10 march 1986 (at 79 years) at Torrance (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor

Ray Milland (3 January 1907
– 10 March 1986) was a Welsh actor and director. His screen career ran from 1929 to 1985, and he is best remembered for his Academy Award–winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend (1945), a sophisticated leading man opposite a corrupt John Wayne in Reap the Wild Wind (1942), the murder-plotting husband in Dial M for Murder (1954), and as Oliver Barrett III in Love Story (1970).

Before becoming an actor, Milland served in the Household Cavalry of the British Army, becoming a proficient marksman, horse-rider and aeroplane pilot. He left the army to follow a career in acting and appeared as an extra in several British productions before getting his first major role in The Flying Scotsman. This led to a nine-month contract with MGM and he moved to the United States where he appeared as a stock actor. After being released by MGM he was picked up by Paramount, who used Milland in a range of lesser speaking parts, normally as an English character. He was loaned out to Universal in 1936 for a film called Three Smart Girls, and its success saw Milland given a lead role in The Jungle Princess alongside new starlet Dorothy Lamour. The film was a big success and catapulted both to stardom. Milland remained with Paramount for almost 20 years and as well as his Oscar winning role in The Lost Weekend he is remembered for the films The Big Clock, The Major and the Minor and The Thief, the last of which saw him nominated for a Golden Globe. After leaving Paramount he began directing and ended his career moving into television.

Milland, who was at one time Paramount Pictures highest paid actor, co-starred alongside many of the most popular actresses of the time including Gene Tierney, Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers, Jane Wyman, Loretta Young and Veronica Lake.


Milland was married to Muriel Frances Weber, from 1932 until his death in 1986. They had a son, Daniel (b.1940) and an adopted daughter, Victoria. Milland was rumoured to have had an affair with co-star Grace Kelly, whilst filming Dial M for Murder.

Milland had a tattoo on his upper right arm of a skull with a snake curled up on top of it with the tail of the snake sticking out through one of the eyes. The tattoo can be seen for a brief moment in the movie Her Jungle Love (1938).

Milland's son, Daniel Milland, appeared in several minor acting roles in the 1960s. He died in March 1981, at the age of 41, in an apparent suicide. An AR-7 .22 calibre Survival Rifle was found next to him on his bed and he had a wound to his head.

Milland died of lung cancer in Torrance, California, on 10 March 1986, aged 79. He was survived by his wife, the former Muriel Weber, and his daughter.

Best films

Love Story (1970)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
I Wanted Wings (1941)

Usually with

Hans Dreier
Hans Dreier
(32 films)
Edith Head
Edith Head
(28 films)
Victor Young
Victor Young
(22 films)
Mitchell Leisen
Mitchell Leisen
(11 films)
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
(12 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ray Milland (137 films)

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Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Documentary films about technology, Musical films
Actors Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren, Ingrid Bergman, Jerry Lewis, Ray Milland, Patricia Neal
Roles Don Birnam (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating72% 3.638483.638483.638483.638483.63848
Ce film est un condensé du livre d’Albert Glinski, où l’on découvre la vie de Léon Theremin et ses retrouvailles touchantes avec Clara Rockmore. Ce film a permis à un large public de découvrir le thérémine et a incité bon nombre de théréministes actuels (comme Pamelia Kurstin, Jon Bernhardt) à jouer de cet instrument.
The Sea Serpent
Directed by Amando de Ossorio
Origin Espagne
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Giant monster films, Arme nucléaire
Actors Timothy Bottoms, Taryn Power, Jared Martin, Ray Milland, Gerard Tichy, Jack Taylor
Roles Professor Timothy Wallace
Rating37% 1.8565151.8565151.8565151.8565151.856515
Une explosion nucléaire au milieu de l'Atlantique fait revenir à la vie un monstre marin préhistorique qui se met à attaquer des nageurs, des bateaux et des phares le long de la côte espagnole. Deux hommes, un Espagnol et un Américain, font alors équipe pour tenter de stopper le monstre avec l'aide d'un océanographe.
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 Home Security
Rating61% 3.095693.095693.095693.095693.09569
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.
Terror in the Aisles, 1h24
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Documentary, Anthology film, Horror
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about films
Actors Donald Pleasence, Nancy Allen, Bud Abbott, Michael Ironside, Fred Asparagus, Brooke Adams
Rating62% 3.1480653.1480653.1480653.1480653.148065
Director Andrew J. Kuehn has excerpted brief segments of terror and suspense in a wide variety of suspenseful (including humorously so, ex. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, Saturday the 14th) films and strung them together with added commentary, as well as some enacted narrative, to create a compilation of fright-inducing effects. Halloween actor Donald Pleasence and Dressed to Kill star Nancy Allen provide the commentary on topics such as "sex and terror" (Dressed to Kill, Klute, Ms. 45, The Seduction, When a Stranger Calls), loathsome villains (Dracula, Frankenstein, Friday the 13 1 and/or 2, Halloween I and II, Marathon Man, Nighthawks, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Touch of Evil, Vice Squad, Wait Until Dark, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?), "natural terror" (Alligator, The Birds, Frogs, Jaws 1 and 2, Nightwing) and the occult (An American Werewolf in London, Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, The Omen, Carrie, The Shining). In one segment of the anthology, legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock presents his concepts of how to create suspense in a clip from Alfred Hitchcock: Men Who Made The Movies.
Cave-In! (1983)
, 2h
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Disaster, Action, Adventure
Themes Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Dennis Cole, Susan Sullivan, Leslie Nielsen, James Olson, Ray Milland, Julie Sommars
Roles Prof. Harrison Soames
Rating53% 2.6740952.6740952.6740952.6740952.674095
A park ranger must lead a US senator, a disgraced cop, his wife, a manipulative professor and his daughter across five miles of dangerous terrain to escape an unstable cavern, unaware that the seventh member of the group is an armed and violent escaped convict.
Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land, 1h45
Directed by Jerry Jameson
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Dans un avion, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Lee Majors, Hal Linden, Lauren Hutton, Ray Milland, Gail Strickland, George DiCenzo
Roles Q. T. Thornwell
Rating48% 2.408032.408032.408032.408032.40803
Starflight, the first hypersonic transport is being prepared for a media-covered inaugural flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia, a planned two-hour flight. The passengers bring some of their problems on board: the pilot, Cody Briggs (Lee Majors), is unfaithful to his wife Janet (Tess Harper) and having an affair with the media relations representative for Thornwall Aviation, Erica Hansen (Lauren Hutton). Hal Parisi (Phil Coccoioletti) married another passenger because she won the trip on TV, but he is only interested in getting his stolen gold out of the country. Freddie Barrett (Terry Kiser) is trying to get his communications satellite launched from Australia to start his business carrying television signals. Starflight’s takeoff is delayed a short time so that the deceased Australian ambassador and his wife, Mrs. Winfield, can be taken aboard. Del (Kirk Scott), the first officer, remembers that nothing good happened the last time a corpse came aboard his aircraft. Finally, Josh Gilliam, the designer (Hal Linden), has misgivings, wishing the engines were under ground control.
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, 1h28
Directed by Carl Reiner
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime, Romance
Actors Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Carl Reiner, Alan Ladd, Reni Santoni, Barbara Stanwyck
Roles (in "The Lost Weekend") (archive footage)
Rating67% 3.398533.398533.398533.398533.39853
In the opening scene, John Hay Forrest (George Gaynes), noted scientist and cheesemaker, dies in a single-vehicle car accident (represented by the car wreck scene from Keeper of the Flame). In the next scene, private investigator Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) is reading a newspaper when Forrest's daughter, Juliet (Rachel Ward), enters his office and faints when the paper's headline reminds her of her father's death. Upon coming to, she hires Rigby to investigate the death, which she thinks was murder. In Dr. Forrest's lab, Rigby finds two lists, one titled "Friends of Carlotta" and the other "Enemies of Carlotta", as well as an affectionately autographed photo of singer Kitty Collins, whose name appears on one of the lists. His search is interrupted by a man posing as an exterminator (Alan Ladd, in This Gun for Hire), who shoots Rigby in the arm and frisks the lists from the seemingly dead investigator.
Game for Vultures, 1h53
Directed by James Fargo
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Action
Themes Films set in Africa, Politique, Films about racism, Political films
Actors Richard Harris, Richard Roundtree, Denholm Elliott, Joan Collins, Ray Milland, Sven-Bertil Taube
Roles Colonal Brettle
Rating44% 2.2268552.2268552.2268552.2268552.226855
It is the late 1970s, and smuggler David Swansey (Richard Harris) specialises in importing goods to war-torn Rhodesia, defying international sanctions imposed on the doomed nation. Swansey is eventually contracted by the Ian Smith administration to arrange an illicit purchase of American-made Iroquois helicopters for counter-insurgency operations against black African nationalists. However, word of his plan soon reaches the latter, who apply strong political pressure to kill the deal in its cradle – the aircraft shipment in question is impounded upon reaching neighbouring South-West Africa.
The Attic
The Attic (1980)
, 1h35
Directed by Gary Graver
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Actors Carrie Snodgress, Ray Milland, Frances Bay, Rosemary Murphy
Roles Wendell
Rating55% 2.798342.798342.798342.798342.79834
Louise (Carrie Snodgress), a librarian, devotes her life to caring for her controlling, wheelchair-ridden father, Wendel (Ray Milland) after her fiancé disappears the night before their wedding. She fantasizes about her father's death, and only finds joy with Emily (Ruth Cox)–a fellow librarian who is being trained as Louise's replacement (Louise is being fired for attempting to burn down the library)–and a pet monkey (who Louise names Dickie) that Emily buys for Louise. While wheeling her father up a hill at a local park one Sunday afternoon, Wendel's wheelchair tips over, and he falls out. Wendel reflexively picks himself up and it is revealed he was never disabled to begin with, and he lied to Louise all this time in order to enslave her to him. In a fit of rage, Louise pushes Wendel down the hill and he is killed when his head hits a rock. Louise then runs home to gather her few belongings, and some of her father's money hoping to run away. While searching her father's belongings, she comes across a key to the attic, which has long been boarded up. She enters the attic that night and discovers that Dickie and her fiancé, Robert, have both been killed by her father and placed in the attic.
Oliver's Story, 1h31
Directed by John Korty
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Ryan O'Neal, Candice Bergen, Nicola Pagett, Benson Fong, Ed Binns, Kenneth McMillan
Roles Oliver Barrett III
Rating46% 2.312712.312712.312712.312712.31271
Oliver Barrett IV is emotionally devastated by the death of his young wife Jenny. As he tries to lose himself in his work as a lawyer, the long hours don't ease his pain, especially when he finds that his leftist views conflict with those of the senior partners at the firm.
Blackout (1978)

Directed by Eddy Matalon
Origin France
Genres Thriller, Action
Actors Robert Carradine, James Mitchum, Ray Milland, Belinda Montgomery, June Allyson, Jean-Pierre Aumont
Roles Richard Stafford
Rating47% 2.3706952.3706952.3706952.3706952.370695
Un ouragan fait rage sur New York et plonge la ville dans l'obscurité. Toutes les installations électriques étant hors service, des prisonniers en profitent pour s'évader, investissant un building. Alors qu'ils sèment la terreur dans l'immeuble, un policier va tenter de les maîtriser.
The Pyjama Girl Case, 1h43
Directed by Flavio Mogherini
Genres Thriller, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Ray Milland, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Michele Placido, Mel Ferrer, Howard Ross, Ramiro Oliveros
Roles Inspector Thompson
Rating60% 3.046643.046643.046643.046643.04664
The film consists of two parallel narratives. One tells about an investigation of a murder of a girl, whose severely burned body has been found on a beach in Sydney. The police have a suspect in the murder, but the retired inspector Thompson is convinced they are wrong and continues his own investigation. The second is a story of a young Dutch girl Glenda and her partner, an Italian Antonio. Although they are in relationship, Glenda keeps seeing other men.
The Uncanny, 1h28
Directed by Denis Héroux
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about cats
Actors Peter Cushing, Ray Milland, Joan Greenwood, Samantha Eggar, Donald Pleasence, John Vernon
Roles Frank Richards
Rating57% 2.852182.852182.852182.852182.85218
In 1977, in Montreal, the scared writer Wilbur Gray (Peter Cushing) visits his publisher Frank Richards (Ray Milland) to disclose his new book about the evilness of cats. Wilbur tells that the felines are supernatural creatures, and that there is a saying in which the cat would be the devil in disguise. Wilbur tells three tales to illustrate his thoughts:
Oil (1977)
, 1h30
Directed by Mircea Drăgan
Origin Roumanie
Genres Action, Adventure
Themes Disaster films
Actors Stuart Whitman, Gheorghe Dinică, Radu Beligan, Florin Piersic, Jean Constantin, Jean Constantin
Roles Boss Stewart
Rating60% 3.0414753.0414753.0414753.0414753.041475
An International petroleum company named "Consolidated Oil" secretly lights an oil well in the Sahara because the local government in the Middle East doesn't comply with their demands. Due to the expected size of the damage oil prices hit the roof. Merely as an alibi the company's president (Mr. Stewart) assigns John Carter aka "Salamander" to take care of this matter. Yet once Carter arrives on location one of the company's representants hinders him to extinguish the endurance burning and signalises to him that this catastrophe happened for a reason. "Consolidated Oil" hires a Romanian crew with lesser experience in regards to this kind of burnings. But the Romanian specialists team up with Carter and find prove for arson. Step by step they succeed in putting the seven fire sources to rest. "Consolidated Oil" tries to sabotage the firefighting but their attempts are proven futile. Finally the International news media disclose the conspiration. Stewart is unmasked as one of the driving forces behind the scheme. He needs to learn that he is chosen as a pawn sacrifice and while he still thinks this over he is murdered. His secretary isn't surprised at all when she's informed he just died. Instead she is eager to show the obituary she wrote. Meanwhile the Romanian firefighters are publicly celebrated in Arabia.
Mayday at 40,000 Feet!, 1h37
Directed by Robert Butler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors David Janssen, Christopher George, Ray Milland, Lynda Day George, Margaret Blye, Marjoe Gortner
Roles Dr. Joseph Mannheim
Rating55% 2.761722.761722.761722.761722.76172
During a major snow storm, Transcon Airways Flight 602, Boeing 727 airliner piloted by Captain Pete Douglas (David Janssen), First Officer Stan Burkhart (Christopher George) and Second Officer Mike Fuller (Don Meredith) on a flight from Los Angeles to New York, makes a scheduled stop in Salt Lake City. Greco (Marjoe Gortner), a two-time killer in the custody of Sam Riese, a Federal Marshal (Broderick Crawford) comes aboard. Among the passengers are Burkhart's girlfriend, nurse Susan McKenzie (Margaret Blye) and Joseph Mannheim (Ray Milland) a disillusioned and possibly disgraced medical doctor drowning his problems with scotch. Captain Douglas has a family emergency that is making him anxious to return home as soon as possible.