Ray Milland

Welsh actor and film director (1907-1986)

Ray Milland (3 January 1907 – 10 March 1986) was a Welsh actor and director.

Ray Milland
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Milland in a publicity shot for Markham
Alfred Reginald Jones

(1907-01-03)3 January 1907
Neath, Wales, U.K.
Died10 March 1986(1986-03-10) (aged 79)
Cause of deathLung cancer
Resting placeCremated
Other namesRay the Magnificent
Hollywood's Master Actor
Ole Milland
EducationKing's College School, Cardiff
OccupationActor, director
Years active1929–1985
Spouse(s)Muriel Weber (m. 1932–1986)


In the early years he achieved success in films such as Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937), Hotel Imperial (1939), Beau Geste (1939), and The Major and the Minor (1942) with Ginger Rogers. He was also in Ministry of Fear (1944), by Fritz Lang. In the Billy Wilder film The Lost Weekend (1945), he played the role of Don Birnam, an alcoholic writer. That role earned him an Academy Award as best actor.

In the 1950s he starred in the Alfred Hitchcock film Dial M for Murder (1954).

Another performance was as Oliver Barrett III (1970), in the Arthur Hiller film Love Story (1970), with Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal.

Sci-fi moviesEdit

In early 1960, Ray Milland started much to play evil characters, in horror and sci-fi movies such as Panic in Year Zero! (1962), he also directed. Premature Burial (1962) and X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963), by Roger Corman, in Frogs (1972), he played a man who is attacked by a plague of mutant frogs, The Thing with Two Heads (1972), he played a doctor who had a head transplant, Terror in the Wax Museum (1973).


He had a long career in television, including his TV series Meet Mr. McNutley (1953–54), as Ray McNulty, and the Crime TV series Markham (1959–60), as Roy Markham a former lawyer, who works as a detective.

He was a special guest star in General Electric Theater, Night Gallery, Columbo, Battlestar Galactica, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hart to Hart, and many more.