Born Reginald Alfred Truscott-Jones in Wales on January 3, 1905, Ray Milland aspired to be an actor from an early age. Breaking into films during the early days of 'talkies,' Milland's sonorous voice and command of language made him a natural in sound films, and soon his ambitions turned stateside. After arriving in Hollywood, he found small roles at Warner Bros. and MGM before signing with Paramount in 1933. The studio started Milland in some of its B pictures, such as Charlie Chan in London (1934; with Warner Oland) and Many Happy Returns (1934; with George Burns and Gracie Allen). Quickly, Milland's fortunes rose with starring roles in Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937; with Heather Angel) and Beau Geste (1939; with Gary Cooper). Milland acted in a surprising number of comedies throughout his career and made his mark on them in the 1940s with such big budget films as The Major and the Minor (1942; with Ginger Rogers) and It Happens Every Spring (1949; with Jean Peters). Perhaps Milland's strongest performance came in the 1945 noir The Lost Weekend; he won an Academy Award for best actor in the role of alcoholic writer Don Birnam. Later in the 1940s and 1950s, he also acted in a healthy dose of film noir, including The Big Clock (1948; with Maureen O'Sullivan), The Thief (1952; with Martin Gabel), and he's an excellent villain in Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder (1954; with Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings). His long association with Paramount ended in the early 1950s, after which he acted in films for other studios.

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The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)

Loretta Young and Ray Milland

With Loretta Young in the Columbia comedy The Doctor Takes a Wife

Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

John Wayne and Ray Milland

With John Wayne in Cecil B. Demille's Reap the Wild Wind, released by Paramount

Till We Meet Again (1944)

Ray Milland and Barbara Britton

Milland co-starred with Barbara Britton in Paramount's Till We Meet Again

The Lost Weekend (1945)

Ray Milland

From the Paramount drama The Lost Weekend. Milland won an Oscar for his performance

The Big Clock (1949)

Maureen O'Sullivan and Ray Milland

With Maureen O'Sullivan in the Paramount film noir release The Big Clock

It Happens Every Spring (1949)

Ray Milland

From the 20th Century Fox comedy It Happens Every Spring

Night Into Morning (1951)

John Hodiak and Ray Milland

With John Hodiak in the MGM tearjerker Night Into Morning

Jamaica Run (1953)

Ray Milland and Arlene Dahl

With Arlene Dahl in the Paramount adventure Jamaica Run

The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955)

Joan Collins and Ray Milland

With Joan Collins in the 20th Century Fox drama The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing

The River's Edge (1957)

Anthony Quinn, Debra Paget, and Ray MillandDebra Paget, Ray Milland, and Anthony Quinn

With Anthony Quinn and Debra Paget in the crime drama The River's Edge

Markham (1959-1960 CBS TV Series)

Ray Milland and Hazel Court

From a September 1959 episode of Milland's CBS series Markham titled Double Negative. Also pictured is Hazel Court

Panic in Year Zero! (1962)

Frankie Avalon and Ray MillandFrankie Avalon and Ray Milland

With Frankie Avalon in the gritty AIP apocalyptic thriller Panic in Year Zero!, a film that was directed by Ray Milland

The Premature Burial (1962)

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From the AIP Poe-inspired release The Premature Burial. The right photo features Hazel Court

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

Diana Van der Vlis and Ray Milland

With Diana Van der Vlis in the effective AIP sci-fi thriller X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

Ray MillandRay Milland, Rosey Grier, Don Marshall, and Chelsea Brown

From AIP's campy horror spoof The Thing with Two Heads. LEFT: Ray Milland's head is attached to Rosey Grier's body. RIGHT: With Rosey Grier, Don Marshall, and Chelsea Brown

later years

Ray Milland made two forays into television in the 1950s. His first was the half-hour CBS situation comedy series Meet Mr. McNulty (aka The Ray Milland Show), which lasted from 1953 through 1955. His second series was the crime drama Markham, which aired from 1959-1961 on CBS. Afterward, Milland headed to American International, where he starred in such drive-in flicks as The Premature Burial (1962; with Hazel Court) and X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963; with Diana Van der Vlis), providing the beginnings of Milland's association with horror movies. In the 1970s, he went on to star in the cult classics Frogs (1972; with Adam Roarke) and Terror in the Wax Museum (1973; with John Carradine). His career was strong throughout the remainder of the 1970s and into the 1980s. Sadly, Ray Milland died of lung cancer on March 10, 1986, at the age of 81. He was survived by his wife and their son and daughter.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (1984) with Peter Cushing, John Mills, and Anne Baxter
The Sea Serpent (1984) with Timothy Bottoms
Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (1983) with Lee Majors, Hal Linden, Lauren Hutton, Tess Harper, and Robert Englund
Cave-In! (1983) with Leslie Nielsen and Dennis Cole
The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana (1982) with Catherine Oxenberg, Olivia de Havilland, Dana Wynter, and Stewart Granger
Our Family Business (1981) with Vera Miles, Ted Danson, Christopher Mayer, and Sam Wanamaker
Spree (1980) with Peter Graves and Vincent Van Patten
The Attic (1979) with Carrie Snodgress
A Game for Vultures (1979) with Richard Harris, Richard Roundtree, and Joan Collins
The Darker Side of Terror (1979) with Robert Forster and Adrienne Barbeau
Cruise Into Terror (1978) with Dirk Benedict, John Forsythe, Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Lee Meriwether, Hugh O'Brian, Stella Stevens, and Marshall Thompson
Oliver's Story (1978) with Ryan O'Neal and Candice Bergen
Battlestar Galactica (1978) with Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Terry Carter, Lew Ayres, Laurette Spang, and Jane Seymour
Blackout (1978) with James Mitchum, Robert Carradine, June Allyson, and Jean-Pierre Aumont
Slavers (1978) with Trevor Howard, Britt Ekland, Ron Ely, and Cameron Mitchell
The Girl in the Yellow Pajamas (1977) with Mel Ferrer
The Uncanny (1977) with Peter Cushing, Donald Pleasence, Samantha Eggar, and John Vernon
Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976) with David Janssen, Don Meredith, Christopher George, Marjoe Gortner, Broderick Crawford, Shani Wallis, and Jane Powell
Oil (1976) with Stuart Whitman, Woody Strode, Tony Kendall, and Gordon Mitchell
Aces High (1976) with Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud, and Trevor Howard
The Last Tycoon (1976) with Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Nicholson, Donald Pleasence, Dana Andrews, and John Carradine
Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (1976) with Patty Duke, Broderick Crawford, Ruth Gordon, Tina Louise, George Maharis, and Donna Mills
The Swiss Conspiracy (1976) with David Janssen, Senta Berger, John Ireland, John Saxon, and Elke Sommer
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) with Eddie Albert, Donald Pleasence, Kim Richards, Reta Shaw, and Denver Pyle
The Dead Don't Die (1975) with George Hamilton, Linda Cristal, Joan Blondell, Ralph Meeker, and Yvette Vickers
Gold (1974) with Roger Moore, Susannah York, Bradford Dillman, and John Gielgud
The House in Nightmare Park (1973) with Frankie Howerd
The Student Connection (1973) with Sylva Koscina
Terror in the Wax Museum (1973) with Elsa Lanchester, Maurice Evans, John Carradine, Louis Hayward, Patric Knowles, and Broderick Crawford
Control Factor (1972) with Stephen Boyd, France Nuyen, Cameron Mitchell, and John Van Dreelen
Embassy (1972) with Richard Roundtree, Chuck Connors, Broderick Crawford, and Max von Sydow
The Thing with Two Heads (1972) with Rosey Grier, Roger Perry, Chelsea Brown, and William Smith
Frogs (1972) with Sam Elliott, Joan Van Ark, Adam Roarke, Judy Pace, Lynn Borden, and Mae Mercer
Black Noon (1971) with Roy Thinnes, Yvette Mimieux, Gloria Grahame, Henry Silva, and Leif Garrett
Company of Killers (1970) with Van Johnson, Brian Kelly, Clu Gulager, Susan Oliver, John Saxon, and Terry Carter
Love Story (1970) with Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw
Hostile Witness (1968) with Sylvia Syms
Code Name, Red Roses (1968) with Pier Angeli, Peter van Eyck, and Michael Wilding
The Confession (1964) with Ginger Rogers, Barbara Eden, and Elliott Gould
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) with Diana Van der Vlis, John Hoyt, Don Rickles, Morris Ankrum, Dick Miller, and Barboura Morris; directed by Roger Corman
Panic in Year Zero! (1962) with Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, Richard Garland, and Willis Bouchey
The Premature Burial (1962) with Hazel Court, Alan Napier, and Dick Miller
The Safecracker (1958) with Barry Jones
The River's Edge (1957) with Anthony Quinn and Debra Paget
High Flight (1956) with Bernard Lee and Anthony Newley
Three Brave Men (1956) with Ernest Borgnine, Nina Foch, Dean Jagger, Virginia Christine, Edward Andrews, Frank Faylen, and Warren Berlinger
Lisbon (1956) with Maureen O'Hara, Claude Rains, Yvonne Furneaux, and Francis Lederer
A Man Alone (1955) with Ward Bond, Raymond Burr, Lee Van Cleef, and Alan Hale Jr.
The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) with Joan Collins, Farley Granger, and Glenda Farrell
Dial M for Murder (1954) with Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams, and Anthony Dawson
Let's Do It Again (1953) with Jane Wyman, Aldo Ray, and Leon Ames
Jamaica Run (1953) with Arlene Dahl, Wendell Corey, Patric Knowles, and Kasey Rogers
The Thief (1952) with Martin Gabel
Something to Live For (1952) with Joan Fontaine and Teresa Wright
Bugles in the Afternoon (1952) with Helena Carter, Hugh Marlowe, Forrest Tucker, and George Reeves
Rhubarb (1951) with Jan Sterling, Gene Lockhart, and William Frawley
Night Into Morning (1951) with John Hodiak, Nancy Davis, Lewis Stone, Jean Hagen, Rosemary DeCamp, and Dawn Addams
Circle of Danger (1951) with Patricia Roc
Close to My Heart (1951) with Gene Tierney, Fay Bainter, Mary Beth Hughes, and Ralph Byrd
Copper Canyon (1950) with Hedy Lamarr, Macdonald Carey, Mona Freeman, Frank Faylen, Hope Emerson, and Peggy Knudsen
A Life of Her Own (1950) with Lana Turner, Tom Ewell, Barry Sullivan, Jean Hagen, and Phyllis Kirk
A Woman of Distinction (1950) with Rosalind Russell, Edmund Gwenn, Janis Carter, Francis Lederer, Jerome Courtland, Gale Gordon, and Wanda McKay
It Happens Every Spring (1949) with Jean Peters, Paul Douglas, Ed Begley, and Ray Collins
Alias Nick Beal (1949) with Audrey Totter, Thomas Mitchell, George Macready, and Fred Clark
Sealed Verdict (1948) with Florence Marly, John Hoyt, Broderick Crawford, and Paula Raymond
So Evil My Love (1948) with Ann Todd, Geraldine Fitzgerald, and Leo G. Carroll
The Big Clock (1948) with Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, George Macready, Elsa Lanchester, Harry Morgan, and Margaret Field
Golden Earrings (1947) with Marlene Dietrich
The Trouble with Women (1947) with Teresa Wright, Brian Donlevy, Frank Faylen, and Lloyd Bridges
They Met at Midnight (1947) with Teresa Wright, Cedric Hardwicke, Anthony Quinn, Melville Cooper, and George Zucco
California (1947) with Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Fitzgerald, Albert Dekker, Anthony Quinn, and Frank Faylen
The Well-Groomed Bride (1946) with Olivia de Havilland, Sonny Tufts, and Percy Kilbride
The Lost Weekend (1945) with Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva, Doris Dowling, and Frank Faylen
Kitty (1945) with Paulette Goddard, Patric Knowles, Reginald Owen, and Cecil Kellaway
Ministry of Fear (1944) with Hillary Brooke, Dan Duryea, and Alan Napier
The Uninvited (1944) with Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp, Alan Napier, and Gail Russell
Till We Meet Again (1944) with Barbara Britton, Walter Slezak, and Mona Freeman
Lady in the Dark (1944) with Ginger Rogers, Warner Baxter, Jon Hall, Barry Sullivan, and Mischa Auer
The Crystal Ball (1943) with Paulette Goddard, Cecil Kellaway, and William Bendix
Forever and a Day (1943)
The Major and the Minor (1942) with Ginger Rogers
Are Husbands Necessary? (1942) with Betty Field, Patricia Morison, Eugene Pallette, Leif Erickson, Phillip Terry, Cecil Kellaway, and Anne Revere
Reap the Wild Wind (1942) with John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Raymond Massey, Robert Preston, Barbara Britton, Susan Hayward, Charles Bickford, and Hedda Hopper
The Lady Has Plans (1942) with Paulette Goddard, Roland Young, Albert Dekker, and Cecil Kellaway
Skylark (1941) with Claudette Colbert, Brian Aherne, and Binnie Barnes
I Wanted Wings (1941) with William Holden, Wayne Morris, Brian Donlevy, Constance Moore, and Veronica Lake
Untamed (1940) with Patricia Morison, Akim Tamiroff, William Frawley, and Jane Darwell
Arise, My Love (1940) with Claudette Colbert, Dennis O'Keefe, Dick Purcell, and George Zucco
The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940) with Loretta Young, Reginald Gardiner, Gail Patrick, and Edmund Gwenn
Irene (1940) with Anna Neagle, Roland Young, May Robson, Billie Burke, Arthur Treacher, Marsha Hunt, and Isabel Jewell
French Without Tears (1940) with Ellen Drew
Everything Happens at Night (1939) with Sonja Henie and Robert Cummings
Beau Geste (1939) with Gary Cooper, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward, J. Carrol Naish, Albert Dekker, and Broderick Crawford
Hotel Imperial (1939) with Isa Miranda, Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, J. Carrol Naish, and Albert Dekker
Say It in French (1938) with Irene Hervey
Men with Wings (1938) with Fred MacMurray, Andy Devine, and Donald O'Connor
Tropic Holiday (1938) with Bob Burns, Dorothy Lamour, Martha Raye, and Binnie Barnes
Her Jungle Love (1938) with Dorothy Lamour, J. Carrol Naish, and Richard Denning
Wise Girl (1937) with Miriam Hopkins, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, and Margaret Dumont
Ebb Tide (1937) with Frances Farmer, Lloyd Nolan, Barry Fitzgerald, and Lina Basquette
Easy Living (1937) with Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Franklin Pangborn, and William Demarest
Wings Over Honolulu (1937) with Wendy Barrie and Kent Taylor
Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937) with Reginald Denny
Three Smart Girls (1936) with Binnie Barnes and Mischa Auer
The Jungle Princess (1936) with Dorothy Lamour and Akim Tamiroff
The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936) with Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bob Burns, and Martha Raye
The Return of Sophie Lang (1936)
Next Time We Love (1936) with Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart
The Glass Key (1935) with George Raft, Edward Arnold, and Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Alias Mary Dow (1935) with Sally Eilers and Chick Chandler
Four Hours to Kill! (1935) with Richard Barthelmess
One Hour Late (1935) with Helen Twelvetrees, Conrad Nagel, Arline Judge, Toby Wing, and Gail Patrick
The Gilded Lily (1935) with Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray
Menace (1934)
Charlie Chan in London (1934) with Warner Oland, Alan Mowbray, and Madge Bellamy
Many Happy Returns (1934) with Gracie Allen and George Burns
We're Not Dressing (1934) with Bing Crosby, Carole Lombard, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Ethel Merman, and Leon Errol
Bolero (1934) with George Raft, Carole Lombard, Sally Rand, and William Frawley
This Is the Life (1933)
Orders Is Orders (1933) with Charlotte Greenwood
Payment Deferred (1932) with Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Sullivan
Blonde Crazy (1931) with James Cagney, Joan Blondell, and Nat Pendleton
Ambassador Bill (1931) with Will Rogers and Marguerite Churchill
Bought (1931) with Constance Bennett
Just a Gigolo (1931) with William Haines
The Bachelor Father (1931) with Marion Davies
Way for a Sailor (1930) with John Gilbert and Wallace Beery
The Flying Scotsman (1929)
The Plaything (1929)

Testimony of Two Men, 1977 miniseries
Seventh Avenue, 1977 NBC TV miniseries
Rich Man, Poor Man, 1976 ABC TV miniseries
Markham, 1959-1960 CBS TV series. Milland portrayed Roy Markham
The Ray Milland Show, 1953-1955 CBS TV series. Milland portrayed Professor Ray McNulty

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