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Birth information

3 January 1907 Neath, Glamorgan, Wales, UK

Death information

10 March 1986 Torrance, California, USA

Given Name

Reginald Alfred John Truscott-Jones

How tall is Ray Milland?

1.86 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Muriel Frances Weber

Life Story of Ray Milland

Ray Milland became one of Paramount's most bankable and durable stars, under contract from 1934 to 1948, yet little in his early life suggested a career as a motion picture actor.

Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones in the Welsh town of Neath, Glamorgan, to Elizabeth Annie (Truscott) and Alfred Jones. He spent his youth in the pursuit of sports. He became an expert rider early on, working at his uncle's horse-breeding estate while studying at the King's College in Cardiff. At 21, he went to London as a member of the elite Household Cavalry (Guard for the Royal Family), undergoing a rigorous 19-months training, further honing his equestrian skills, as well as becoming adept at fencing, boxing and shooting. He won trophies, including the Bisley Match, with his unit's crack rifle team. However, after four years, he suddenly lost his means of financial support (independent income being a requirement as a Guardsman) when his stepfather discontinued his allowance. Broke, he tried his hand at acting in small parts on the London stage.

There are several stories as to how he derived his stage name. It is known, that during his teens he called himself "Mullane",...

Significant features of Ray Milland

Rich smooth voice

How much money has Ray Milland earned?

Dial M for Murder (1954) $125,000

Publications and Magazines about Ray Milland

Milland, Ray Wide-Eyed in Babylon. An Autobiography. 1974

What movies did Ray Milland play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Lisbon (1956) ,
Directors Filmography
Hostile Witness (1968) , Panic in Year Zero (1962) , The Dick Powell Theatre (1961) , Thriller (1961) , Goodyear Theatre (1959) , General Electric Theater (1958) , Suspicion (1958) , The Safecracker (1958) , Schlitz Playhouse (1957) , The Ford Television Theatre (1956) , Lisbon (1956) , A Man Alone (1955) ,
Actors Filmography
The Gold Key (1985) Carl Bruhn, The Sea Serpent (1985) Prof. Timothy Wallace, Sherlock Holmes and the...

Birth information

3 January 1907 Neath, Glamorgan, Wales, UK

Death information

10 March 1986 Torrance, California, USA

Given Name

Reginald Alfred John Truscott-Jones

How tall is Ray Milland?

1.86 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Muriel Frances Weber

Life Story of Ray Milland

Ray Milland became one of Paramount's most bankable and durable stars, under contract from 1934 to 1948, yet little in his early life suggested a career as a motion picture actor.

Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones in the Welsh town of Neath, Glamorgan, to Elizabeth Annie (Truscott) and Alfred Jones. He spent his youth in the pursuit of sports. He became an expert rider early on, working at his uncle's horse-breeding estate while studying at the King's College in Cardiff. At 21, he went to London as a member of the elite Household Cavalry (Guard for the Royal Family), undergoing a rigorous 19-months training, further honing his equestrian skills, as well as becoming adept at fencing, boxing and shooting. He won trophies, including the Bisley Match, with his unit's crack rifle team. However, after four years, he suddenly lost his means of financial support (independent income being a requirement as a Guardsman) when his stepfather discontinued his allowance. Broke, he tried his hand at acting in small parts on the London stage.

There are several stories as to how he derived his stage name. It is known, that during his teens he called himself "Mullane",...

Significant features of Ray Milland

Rich smooth voice

How much money has Ray Milland earned?

Dial M for Murder (1954) $125,000

Publications and Magazines about Ray Milland

Milland, Ray Wide-Eyed in Babylon. An Autobiography. 1974

What movies did Ray Milland play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Lisbon (1956) ,
Directors Filmography
Hostile Witness (1968) , Panic in Year Zero (1962) , The Dick Powell Theatre (1961) , Thriller (1961) , Goodyear Theatre (1959) , General Electric Theater (1958) , Suspicion (1958) , The Safecracker (1958) , Schlitz Playhouse (1957) , The Ford Television Theatre (1956) , Lisbon (1956) , A Man Alone (1955) ,
Actors Filmography
The Gold Key (1985) Carl Bruhn, The Sea Serpent (1985) Prof. Timothy Wallace, Sherlock Holmes and the...

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Donald Pleasence and Ray Milland in Die Flucht zum Hexenberg (1975)

When working on I Wanted Wings (1941), with Brian Donlevy and William Holden, he went up with a pilot to test a plane for filming. While up in the air, Ray decided to do a parachute jump (being an avid amateur parachutist) but, just before he could disembark, the plane began to sputter and the pilot said not to jump as they were running low on gas and he needed to land. Well, once on the ground and in the hangar, Ray began to tell his story of how he had wanted to do a jump. As he told the story, the color ran out of the costume man's face. When asked why, he told Ray that the parachute he had worn up in the plane was "just a prop". There had been no parachute.

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Ray Milland got his stage name from a riverside street called Milland Road in Neath, where he resided prior to becoming an actor.

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During the filming of Reap the Wild Wind (1942), Milland's character was to have "curly" hair. Milland's hair was naturally straight, so the studio used hot curling irons on his hair to achieve the effect. Milland felt that it was this procedure that caused him to go prematurely bald forcing him to go from leading man to supporting player earlier than he would have wished.

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Has 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).

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Had a near-fatal accident on the set of Hotel Imperial (1939). One scene called for him to lead a cavalry charge through a small village. An accomplished horseman, Milland insisted upon doing this scene himself. As he was making a scripted jump on the horse, his saddle came loose, sending him flying straight into a pile of broken masonary. Laid up in the hospital for weeks with multiple fractures and lacerations, he was lucky to be alive.

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Donald Pleasence, Eddie Albert, and Ray Milland in Die Flucht zum Hexenberg (1975)

Was the first choice for the Don Ameche role in Trading Places (1983).

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Ray Milland and Ginger Rogers in Der Major und das Mädchen (1942)

Only got the lead role in The Lost Weekend (1945)) because Paramount vetoed writer-director Billy Wilder's first choice for the role, Broadway actor José Ferrer. Hedging its bets, Paramount demanded the casting of a star to headline the risky production, but Cary Grant and most of the other leading male stars of the day turned Wilder down. Milland got the role by default and won an Oscar.

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Ray Milland in Der Major und das Mädchen (1942)

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 628-629. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

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Ray Milland in Der Major und das Mädchen (1942)

Is the first Welsh actor to receive an Academy Award. After he died, rumors spread that his Oscar had been lost. A Welsh newspaper interviewed his daughter Vicki, and when asked about this missing Oscar, she told them, "It's downstairs in our guest room." One of Milland's two grandsons, Travis, now had his Oscar.

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As of 2011, he is one of three actors who have won Best Actor at the Oscars and at the Cannes Film Festival for the same performance. The others are Jon Voight in Coming Home (1978) and William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985).

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Ray Milland and Ginger Rogers in Der Major und das Mädchen (1942)

He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6121 Vine Street; and for Television at 6134 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

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Ray Milland and Ginger Rogers in Der Major und das Mädchen (1942)

Once, while on a visit to Tijuana, the FBI accused him (falsely) of meeting with a suspected Nazi agent.

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Ray Milland in Der Major und das Mädchen (1942)

Spoke Spanish fluently; spoke only Welsh until the age of five.

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An expert marksman, he won several prestigious English shooting competitions, among them the Risley Match. He almost certainly won the Army Operational Shooting Competition, held at Bisley Camp. There is a shooting club in Risley, but the AOSC is the main shooting competition in the United Kingdom.

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Ray Milland, Ginger Rogers, and Rita Johnson in Der Major und das Mädchen (1942)

At age 15, while working on a tramp steamer, he got a snake tattoo on his arm (much to the horror of his mother). He later said getting the tattoo was one of his biggest regrets.

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Ray Milland and Ginger Rogers in Der Major und das Mädchen (1942)

At age 18, Milland enlisted in the Household Guards for four years active duty and 8 years' reserve. As part of his training, he became skilled in fencing, boxing, horsemanship and marksmanship.

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A licensed pilot, he tried to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, but was rejected due to an "impaired left hand". Instead, he worked as a civilian flight instructor for the Army and also toured with the USO in the South Pacific.

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Had a terrible accident during the filming of Hotel Imperial (1939), when, taking his horse over a jump, the saddle-girth broke and he landed head-first on a pile of bricks. His most serious injuries were a concussion that left him unconscious for 24 hours, a three-inch gash in his skull that took nine stitches to close, and numerous fractures and lacerations on his left hand.

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Ray Milland and Ginger Rogers in Der Major und das Mädchen (1942)

He was paired romantically with actress Paulette Goddard in four films, including the blockbusters Reap the Wild Wind (1942) and Kitty (1945). In his autobiography, he wrote that Goddard was "wise, humorous, and with absolutely no illusions". He further claimed that she was the hardest working actress that he had ever worked with.

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Ray Milland in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977)

Was a staunch conservative Republican.

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George Hamilton and Ray Milland in Die Toten sterben nicht (1975)

Tony Curtis accused Milland of being anti-Semitic in his 2008 autobiography "American Prince".

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Ernest Borgnine and Ray Milland in Die unsichtbare Front (1956)

Ray Milland had two children, Daniel (1941) and Victoria (1944).

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Ray Milland and Gertrude Michael in Four Hours to Kill! (1935)

Ray Milland also wrote short stories.

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Ray Milland and Joan Marsh in Many Happy Returns (1934)

Ray Milland's father was a metal worker.

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