Born in Bloomington, Indiana, on April 25, 1934, Denny Miller's family eventually settled in Los Angeles. As a 6'4" college student, Miller found success as the star player of UCLA's basketball team and earned a degree in physical education from the university. Following a stint in the Army, by chance Miller was discovered by a talent agent in 1958 while working a summer job and signed a multi-year contract with MGM. Miller's first starring film role was Tarzan, the Ape Man, released by MGM in 1959.

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LEFT: 1958 MGM portrait of Denny Miller. CENTER and RIGHT: MGM promotional shots of Denny Miller as Tarzan

Although MGM had Miller under contract for nearly two years, he made only one film. When his contract lapsed, Miller was free to pursue other acting jobs and was soon cast on the long-running NBC western series Wagon Train, credited as 'Scott Miller.'

the films of denny miller

Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959)

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From MGM's Tarzan, the Ape Man. LEFT and CENTER A: Miller was a younger, athletic Tarzan than his predecessors. CENTER B and RIGHT: With Joanna Barnes

Wagon Train (1957-1965 NBC/ABC TV Series)

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Miller portrayed Duke Shannon on the series Wagon Train for three seasons, beginning in 1961

Mona McCluskey (1965-1966 NBC TV Series)

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Juliet Prowse and Denny Miller starred as married couple Mona and Mike McCluskey in the situation comedy Mona McCluskey

The Party (1968)

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With Claudine Longet and Peter Sellers in the Blake Edwards comedy The Party

The Mike Douglas Show (1961-1982 syndicated series)

Johnny Weissmuller, Mike Douglas, Gordon Scott, Totie Fields, Buster Crabbe, Denny Miller, and James Pierce

A 1971 photo of most of the surviving Tarzans from The Mike Douglas Show. Pictured from left to right: Johnny Weissmuller, Mike Douglas, Gordon Scott, Totie Fields, Jock Mahoney, Buster Crabbe, Denny Miller, and James Pierce (thanks to Dennis McHaney)

The Norseman (1978)

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Miller in the American International adventure The Norseman

later years

Although Miller's film career never achieved great momentum, he did lots of television, including guest appearances on Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch, Wonder Woman, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, to name a few. Until 2005, Miller was seen on Gorton's commercials as the Gorton's fisherman. After a lengthy battle with ALS, Denny Miller passed away on September 9, 2014, at age 80. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, son, Brad, and daughter, Courtney.

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Hell To Pay (2005) with Lee Majors, Peter Brown, William Smith, Stella Stevens, and Buck Taylor
More Than Murder (1983) with Stacy Keach, Don Stroud, Lynn-Holly Johnson, and Sam Groom
The Seal (1981) with Richard Dysart, Ron Ely, and Gerald McRaney
Circle of Power (1981) with Yvette Mimieux and Cindy Pickett
Caboblanco (1980) with Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Fernando Rey, Simon MacCorkindale, and Gilbert Roland
The Norseman (1978) with Lee Majors, Cornel Wilde, Mel Ferrer, Jack Elam, and Susie Coelho
Dr. Scorpion (1978) with Nick Mancuso and Christine Lahti
Danger in Paradise (1977) with Ina Balin and John Dehner
The Gravy Train (1974) with Stacy Keach and Margot Kidder
The Island at the Top of the World (1974) with David Hartman
Buck and the Preacher (1972) with Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Cameron Mitchell, and Nita Talbot
Making It (1971) with Bob Balaban, Carol DeLuise, David Doyle, Lawrence Pressman, and Dick Van Patten
Vanished (1971) with Richard Widmark, Tom Bosley, James Farentino, Larry Hagman, Robert Hooks, E.G. Marshall, Eleanor Parker, William Shatner, Robert Young, Stephen McNally, and Sheree North
The Party (1968) with Peter Sellers, Claudine Longet, and Marge Champion; directed by Blake Edwards
The Doomsday Machine (1967) with Grant Williams, Henry Wilcoxon, Mala Powers, James Craig, Mike Farrell, Ruta Lee, and Bobby Van
Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961) with Fabian, Tommy Sands, and Jan Sterling
Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959) with Cesare Danova and Joanna Barnes

Mona McCluskey, 1964-65 TV series with Juliet Prowse
Wagon Train, 1957-65 TV series with Ward Bond. Miller appeared on the show for three seasons (1961-64)

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Charlie's Angels, episode Angels on Vacation, originally aired January 10, 1979
The Rockford Files, episode Black Mirror: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired November 24, 1978
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The Wide World of Mystery, episode Nick and Nora, originally aired March 4, 1975
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The Name of the Game, episode Blind Man's Bluff, originally aired October 3, 1969
Hawaii Five-O, episode Pray Love Remember, Pray Love Remember, originally aired January 1, 1969
The High Chaparral, episode A Way of Justice, originally aired December 13, 1968
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I Spy, episode Anyplace I Hang Myself Is Home, originally aired January 15, 1968
Gilligan's Island, episode Our Vines Have Tender Apes, originally aired January 30, 1967
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The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., episode The Atlantis Affair, originally aired November 15, 1966
Ben Casey, episode A Dipperful of Water from a Poisoned Well, originally aired March 1, 1965
Gilligan's Island, episode Big Man on a Little Stick, originally aired February 20, 1965
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Michael Shayne, episode The Body Beautiful, originally aired March 24, 1961
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The Rifleman, episode The Promoter, originally aired December 6, 1960
Laramie, episode License to Kill, originally aired November 22, 1960
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Have Gun - Will Travel, episode Saturday Night, originally aired October 8, 1960
Overland Trail, episode The Reckoning, originally aired May 29, 1960
Laramie, episode Men of Defiance, originally aired April 19, 1960
Northwest Passage, episode Fight at the River, originally aired September 14, 1958

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Watch Denny Miller in a January 24, 1962, episode of Wagon Train titled The Malachi Hobart Story

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