John Mills

Actor, Director, Producer
Although his has been knighted and won acting awards, John Mills has been seemingly overshadowed by his contemporaries (i. e., Alec Guinness, John Gielgud, James Mason) many of whom delivered showier performances in ... Read more »
Born: 02/21/1908 in North Elmham, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (85)

Dr. Strange 2016 (Movie)

Lindmer (Actor)

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bright Young Things 2004 (Movie)

Gentleman (Actor)

Cats 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Hayley Mills 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Noel Coward Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Bean 1997 (Movie)

Chairman (Actor)

Grotesque 1997 (Movie)

Sir Edward Cleghorn (Actor)

Deadly Advice 1996 (Movie)

Jack the Ripper (Actor)

Hamlet 1996 (Movie)

Old Norway (Actor)

Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Frankenstein 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Sidney Sheldon's "The Sands of Time" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Freeze 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Night of the Fox 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Tale of Two Cities 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

When the Wind Blows 1988 (Movie)

of Jim Bloggs (Voice)

Who's That Girl 1987 (Movie)

Montgomery Bell (Actor)

Agatha Christie's "Murder With Mirrors" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Tribute to Her Majesty 1985 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Sahara 1984 (Movie)

Cambridge (Actor)

Gandhi 1982 (Movie)

Viceroy (Actor)

Dr. Strange 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Zulu Dawn 1979 (Movie)

Sir Henry Bartle Frere (Actor)

Lady Hamilton 1978 (Movie)

Lord Hamilton (Actor)

The Big Sleep 1978 (Movie)

Inspector Jim Carson (Actor)

The Quatermass Conclusion 1978 (Movie)

Professor Bernard Quatermass (Actor)

The 39 Steps 1977 (Movie)

Colonel Scudder (Actor)

The Devil's Advocate 1976 (Movie)

Blaise Meredith (Actor)

A Choice of Weapons 1975 (Movie)

Bertie Cook (Actor)

The Zoo Gang 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Human Factor 1974 (Movie)

Mike McAllister (Actor)

Oklahoma Crude 1973 (Movie)

Lena's Father (Actor)

Lady Caroline Lamb 1972 (Movie)

Canning (Actor)

Young Winston 1972 (Movie)

General Kitchener (Actor)

Adam's Woman 1970 (Movie)

Sir Phillip MacDonald (Actor)

Dulcima 1970 (Movie)

Mr Parker (Actor)

Ryan's Daughter 1970 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Oh! What A Lovely War 1969 (Movie)

Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig (Actor)

Dundee and the Culhane 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Philip 1968 (Movie)

Moorman (Actor)

Africa, Texas Style 1967 (Movie)

Wing Commander Hayes (Actor)

Chuka 1966 (Movie)

Colonel Stuart Valois (Actor)

King Rat 1965 (Movie)

Colonel Smedley-Taylor (Actor)

Operation Crossbow 1965 (Movie)

General Boyd (Actor)

The Family Way 1965 (Movie)

Ezra Fitton (Actor)

The Wrong Box 1965 (Movie)

Masterman Finsbury (Actor)

The Chalk Garden 1964 (Movie)

Maitland (Actor)

The Truth About Spring 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tiara Tahiti 1962 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Clifford Southey (Actor)

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll 1961 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

The Singer Not the Song 1961 (Movie)

Father Keogh (Actor)

The Swiss Family Robinson 1960 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Tunes of Glory 1960 (Movie)

Colonel Basil Barrow (Actor)

Dunkirk 1958 (Movie)

Corporal "Tubby" Binns (Actor)

The Vicious Circle 1958 (Movie)

Dr Howard Latimer (Actor)

Tiger Bay 1958 (Movie)

Superintendent Graham (Actor)

Town on Trial 1957 (Movie)

Supt Mike Halloran (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

Cabby (Actor)

The Baby and the Battleship 1956 (Movie)

Puncher Roberts (Actor)

War and Peace 1956 (Movie)

Platon (Actor)

The Colditz Story 1955 (Movie)

Pat Reid (Actor)

The End of the Affair 1955 (Movie)

Albert Parkis (Actor)

Hobson's Choice 1954 (Movie)

Willie Mossop (Actor)

The History of Mr. Polly 1948 (Movie)

Alfred Polly (Actor)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1939 (Movie)

Peter Colley-as a Young Man (Actor)

A Woman of Substance (TV Show)

Actor

Around the World in 80 Days (TV Show)

Actor

Devil's Advocate (TV Show)

Actor

Ending Up (TV Show)

Actor

Escapade (Movie)

John Hampden (Actor)

Frankenstein (Movie)

DeLacey (Actor)

Harnessing Peacocks (TV Show)

Actor

Hold the Dream (TV Show)

Actor

In Which We Serve (Movie)

Ordinary Seaman Shorty Blake (Actor)

Morning Departure (Movie)

Commander Armstrong (Actor)

So Well Remembered (Movie)

George Boswell (Actor)

The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Show)

Actor

The Lady and the Highwayman (TV Show)

Actor

The October Man (Movie)

Jim Ackland (Actor)

The Rocking Horse Winner (Movie)

Bassett (Actor)

The Way to the Stars (Movie)

Peter Penrose (Actor)

We Dive at Dawn (Movie)

Lt. Freddie Taylor (Actor)
Director (1)

Gypsy Girl 1965 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

The Rocking Horse Winner (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Although his has been knighted and won acting awards, John Mills has been seemingly overshadowed by his contemporaries (i. e., Alec Guinness, John Gielgud, James Mason) many of whom delivered showier performances in contrast to his more stoic, low-key turns. Whatever accounts for the discrepancy, when one reviews the extraordinary career of this actor (who continued to turn in neat cameos after some sixty years in showbiz), one is amazed at the range and scope of the material and the dazzling versatility displayed by the actor.

Relationships

Mary Bell

Wife
born on January 22, 1911 married on January 16, 1941 mother of Mills' three children renewed wedding vows in a church ceremony in January 2001 diagnosed from Alzheimer's disease

Hayley Mills Actor

Daughter
Born April 18, 1946; mother, Mary Hayley Bell; starred in Disney films "Pollyanna" (1960) and "The Parent Trap" (1961)

Lewis Mills

Father
taught mathematics also served as headmaster

Edith Mills

Mother
worked at the Haymarket Theatre in London

Juliet Mills

Daughter
born on November 21, 1941 mother, Mary Hayley Bell

Jonathan Mills

Son
born in 1949 mother, Mary Hayley Bell

Annette Mills

Sister
born in 1894 died in 1955 created puppet Muffin the Mule

Aileen Raymond

Wife
married in 1931 divorced in 1940

EDUCATION

St John Leeman School

Suffolk

Norwich High School

Balham Grammar School

Zelia Raye's Dancing School

Milestones

1998

Played Gus the Theatre Cat in the direct-to-video release "Cats", adapted from the successful Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical; production also aired on PBS stations in USA

1997

Appeared as the Chairman in the comedy "Bean"

1996

Made cameo appearance as Old Norway in Kenneth Branagh's full-length feture version of "Hamlet"

1994

Portrayed Old Chuffey in the British miniseries "Charles Dickens' 'Martin Chuzzlewit'" (aired on PBS in 1995 in the USA)

1993

Co-starred in the British TV-movie "Ending Up"; aired in USA on PBS (filmed in 1989)

1989

Co-starred in the multi-part adaptation of "A Tale of Two Cities" (PBS)

1989

Acted in the NBC miniseries version of "Around the World in 80 Days"

1987

Supported Madonna in the comedy "Who's That Girl"

1987

Last Broadway role, co-starring in revival of "Pygmalion"

1986

Reprised role of Henry Rossiter in the syndicated sequel "Hold That Dream"

1986

Starred in the stage production "The Petition"

1984

Had featured role as Henry Rossiter, advisor to Emma Harte (Jenny Seagrove and Deborah Kerr) in the syndicated miniseries "A Woman of Substance"

1982

Portrayed the viceroy in Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi"

1979

Starred in the four-part British TV series "Quartermass"; episodes were re-edited and released theatrically under the title "The Quartermass Conclusion"

1978

Acted in the remake of "The 39 Steps"

1977

Headlined London revival of Terrence Rattigan's "Separate Tables"

1975

Co-starred with Lilli Palmer and Barry Morse in the NBC series "The Zoo Gang"

1973

Portrayed Faye Dunaway's father in the drama "Oklahoma Crude"

1972

Essayed role of General Kitchener in "Young Winston"

1970

Made guest appearance on "Nanny and the Professor", starring daughter Juliet

1969

Earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar playing the village idiot in "Ryan's Daughter", directed by David Lean

1967

Starred in the CBS series "Dundee and the Culhane"

1966

Feature directorial debut, "Sky West and Crooked/Gypsy Girl", starring daughter Hayley and co-written by wife Mary Hayley Bell

1966

Acted with daughter Hayley in Roy Boulting's "The Family Way"

1961

Made Broadway debut in title role of "Ross", based on the life of T E Lawrence; received a Tony Award nomination

1960

Offered one of his best performances as a British officer bent on restoring order to a regiment in "Tunes of Glory", co-starring Alec Guinness

1959

Appeared with daughter Hayley in "Tiger Bay"

1957

Formed John Mills Productions Ltd

1956

American TV debut in production of "The Letter", directed by William Wyler

1956

Played a cab driver in "Around the World in 80 Days"

1954

Co-starred as Charles Laughton's son-in-law in "Hobson's Choice", directed by Lean

1954

Reprised role of Lord Babberly in revival of "Charley's Aunt"

1949

Producing debut, "The History of Mr. Polly"; also starred

1948

Had title role in the biopic "Scott of the Antarctic"

1947

Directed and starred in the stage play "Angel", also written by Bell

1947

Starred in the suspense thriller "The October Man"; first onscreen appearance with duaghter Juliet

1946

Reteamed with Lean to play Pip in "Great Expectations"

1943

Co-starred in "Waterloo Road"

1941

Acted in and co-directed (with Bernard Miles) "Men in Shadow", written by second wife Mary Hayley Bell

1941

Appeared in "In Which We Serve", co-directed by Noel Coward and David Lean

1939

Had role as student Peter Colley going off to war in the drama "Goodbye, Mr. Chips", starring Robert Donat; first US film

1939

Breakthrough stage role as George in "Of Mice and Men"

1936

Portrayed Lord Dudley in the historical drama "Tudor Rose/Nine Days a Queen", opposite teen actress Nova Pilbeam

1934

Signed contract with Gaumont-British

1933

Reteamed with Coward for "Words and Music"

1932

Film acting debut in "The Midshipmaid", opposite Jessie Matthews

1931

Acted in Noel Coward's "Cavalcade" in London

1930

First character part onstage, Lord Babberly in "Charley's Aunt"

1929

London stage debut as a chorus boy in the musical "The Five O'Clock Girl" at London Hippodrome

1929

Toured India and Asia as a member of the performing troupe, The Quaints, acting in "Journey's End", "Mr. Cinders" and "Hamlet" among other plays

Served in WWII as a member of the Royal Engineers; eventually discharged on medical grounds because of an ulcer

Moved with family to London

Under contract with the Rank Organization

Began appearing in amateur theatricals

Spent childhood in Belton, Suffolk, where his father worked as a school headmaster

After failing to land a spot with the Norwich City Football Club, worked as a clerk in Ipswich and later a traveling salesman

Bonus Trivia

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Named Commander of Order of the British Empire in 1961

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Knighted by Queen ELizabeth II in 1976.

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Along with his wife, named Boston Univeristy fellow in 1977

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