Kenneth McMillan

Actor, Department store manager, Department store floor superintendent
This craggy-faced, rotund supporting player, often in brutal or overbearing roles was memorable as the bullying, racist fire chief in "Ragtime" (1981), and as costume shop boss to Valerie Harper on the TV series "Rhoda" ... Read more »
Born: 07/01/1932 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Three Fugitives 1989 (Movie)

Horvath (Actor)

A Table at Ciro's 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sons of Gunz 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Malone 1987 (Movie)

Hawkins (Actor)

Armed and Dangerous 1986 (Movie)

Clarence O'Connell (Actor)

Runaway Train 1985 (Movie)

Eddie MacDonald (Actor)

Stephen King's Cat's Eye 1985 (Movie)

Cressner (Actor)

Dune 1984 (Movie)

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Actor)

Protocol 1984 (Movie)

Senator Norris (Actor)

Reckless 1984 (Movie)

John Rourke Sr (Actor)

Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pope of Greenwich Village 1984 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

Blue Skies Again 1983 (Movie)

Dirk (Actor)

Murder 1, Dancer 0 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Eyewitness 1981 (Movie)

Mr. Deever (Actor)

Heartbeeps 1981 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Partners 1981 (Movie)

Captain Wilkins (Actor)

Ragtime 1981 (Movie)

Willie Conklin (Actor)

True Confessions 1981 (Movie)

Frank Crotty (Actor)

Whose Life Is It Anyway? 1981 (Movie)

Judge Wyler (Actor)

Borderline 1980 (Movie)

Malcolm Wallace (Actor)

Carny 1980 (Movie)

Heavy (Actor)

Hide in Plain Sight 1980 (Movie)

Sam Marzetta (Actor)

Little Miss Marker 1980 (Movie)

Brannigan (Actor)

Love of Life 1951 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Killing Hour 1980 (Movie)

Lieutenant Cullum (Actor)

Chilly Scenes of Winter 1979 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Rhoda 1974 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Bloodbrothers 1978 (Movie)

Banion (Actor)

Breaking Up 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Girlfriends 1978 (Movie)

Cab Driver (Actor)

Oliver's Story 1978 (Movie)

Jamie Francis (Actor)

The Rubber Gun Squad 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stepford Wives 1975 (Movie)

Market Manager (Actor)

The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 1974 (Movie)

Borough Commander (Actor)

Dark Shadows 1965 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

A Death in Canaan (TV Show)

Actor

Acceptable Risks (TV Show)

Actor

Concrete Beat (TV Show)

Actor

Dixie: Changing Habits (TV Show)

Actor

Favorite Son (TV Show)

Actor

In the Custody of Strangers (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye (TV Show)

Actor

King (TV Show)

Actor

Our Family Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Packin' It In (TV Show)

Actor

Salem's Lot (TV Show)

Actor

The Hustler of Muscle Beach (TV Show)

Actor

When She Says No (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This craggy-faced, rotund supporting player, often in brutal or overbearing roles was memorable as the bullying, racist fire chief in "Ragtime" (1981), and as costume shop boss to Valerie Harper on the TV series "Rhoda" (CBS, 1977-1978). Kenneth McMillan was nearly 30 when he won his first important theatre role. Born in Brooklyn, he had earned his high school diploma from the High School for the Performing Arts, but was unable to find work as an actor after graduation. He studied with Uta Hagen at the HB Studios while working -- and being promoted -- at Gimbel's department store in New York. He was managing three floors at the Herald Square Store when he auditioned for and won a role in a play in 1960. Two years later, he toured with "Sweet Bird of Youth" and thereafter made his living as an actor. On Broadway, McMillan was Donny the junk shop owner in "American Buffalo" (1977), and a frequent player for Joseph Papp at the American Shakespeare Festival, particularly memorable as Falstaff in "Henry IV Part I" (1981).

McMillan broke into films playing a cafeteria owner in "Serpico" (1973) and a borough police commander in "The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three" (1974). He was a cabbie in Claudia Weill's "Girlfriends" (1978) and an antagonist to Jodie Foster in "Carny" (1980). McMillan was a police detective content to be corrupt in "True Confessions" (1986), and was also memorable as a railroad station chief caught between safety and Jon Voight in "Runaway Train" (1985). In the 70s and 80s, McMillan was a frequent player on TV, often the craggy, crusty, ill-tempered guy with a heart of gold, such as his role as Jack Doyle on "Rhoda," as well as his turn as Suzanne Pleshette's mentor on "Suzanne Pleshette is Maggie Briggs" (CBS, 1984), and as the father of a family of cops in "Our Family Honor" (ABC, 1985-1986). He was hardly benevolent as Bull Connor, turning the hoses and dogs on the Civil Rights protestors in the miniseries "King" (NBC, 1978). McMillan was the police sergeant who thinks he has a killer, but the town thinks otherwise in "A Death in Canaan" (CBS, 1978), and played in numerous other TV longforms. McMillan's last screen performance was as the dotty veterinarian in "Three Fugitives" (1989). At the time of his death, he was also teaching acting classes in Los Angeles.

Relationships

Margaret McMillan

Mother

Alison McMillan

Daughter

Kathryn McDonald

Wife
married on June 20, 1969

Harry McMillan

Father

EDUCATION

HB Studios

New York , New York
studied under Uta Hagen and Irene Dailey

The School of Performing Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

1989

Final film appearance in "Three Fugitives"

1988

Last TV appearance the NBC miniseries "Favorite Son"

1984

Had regular role on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs"

1981

Played Falstaff in New York Shaekespeare Festival production of "Henry IV, Part I"

1981

Had featured role as the bigoted fire chief in Milos Forman's "Ragtime"

1977

Co-starred in David Mamet's "American Buffalo"

1977

Co-starred on the CBS sitcom "Rhoda"

1973

Feature debut, "Serpico"

1972

Broadway debut in the Tony-winning play "Borstal Boy"

1962

Stage acting debut in touring company of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth"

Starred in the ABC drama "Our Family Honor"

Had regular role on the CBS soap "Love of Life"

Bonus Trivia

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"His tough looks belied the underlying humanity he brought to all his acting." --Joseph Papp

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