Robert Ellis Miller

Actor, Producer, Director
A child actor, Robert Ellis Miller left Harvard University determined to become a director, working in theater and live TV in his native NYC before relocating to Los Angeles. He cut his teeth helming episodes of "Naked ... Read more »
Born: 07/18/1927 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (30)

A Walton Wedding 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

Pointman 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director

Bed & Breakfast 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Brenda Starr 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Hawks 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Intimate Strangers 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

Reuben, Reuben 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Madame X 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Director

The Baltimore Bullet 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The Girl From Petrovka 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Buttercup Chain 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Sweet November 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Any Wednesday 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Ben Casey 1957 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

Route 66 1957 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

The Desilu Playhouse 1957 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

The Donna Reed Show 1957 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1957 - 1965 (Tv Show)

Director

Burke's Law 1959 - 1965 (Tv Show)

Director

M Squad 1957 - 1965 (Tv Show)

Director

The Rogues 1957 - 1965 (Tv Show)

Director

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

Amos Burke: Who Killed Julie Greer? 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Director

Her Life As a Man (TV Show)

Director

Ishi: The Last of His Tribe (TV Show)

Director

Just an Old Sweet Song (TV Show)

Director

Killer Rules (TV Show)

Director

The Other Lover (TV Show)

Director

Biography

A child actor, Robert Ellis Miller left Harvard University determined to become a director, working in theater and live TV in his native NYC before relocating to Los Angeles. He cut his teeth helming episodes of "Naked City" (ABC), "The Twilight Zone" and "Route 66" (both CBS), among other series, before making his feature directorial debut with the engaging romantic comedy, "Any Wednesday" (1966), starring Jane Fonda and Jason Robards. He scored a critical success with the screen version of Carson McCullers' novel, "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" (1968). The picture won Oscar nominations for both Alan Arkin (Best Actor) and Sandra Locke (Best Supporting Actress), featured Stacy Keach and gave Cicely Tyson her first major film role and enhanced his reputation as an actors' director. Thirty years later, the American Film Institute honored Miller, screening this film along with Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" (1967) and Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971). Of his remaining features, "Reuben, Reuben" (1983), which reunited him with "Ash Wednesday" screenwriter Julius J Epstein, probably attracted the most notice, garnering a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Tom Conti.

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
graduated; President of famed Harvard Dramatic Club and a member of the Hasty Pudding Society

Milestones

1998

Honored by the American Film Institute; AFI screened his "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" (1968) along with Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" (1967) and Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs Miller" (1971)

1996

Directed "Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue", a Family Channel movie set during the Depression

1995

Applied a light and contemporary touch as director of "A Walton Wedding" (CBS), without toying with a formula chiseled in granite

1994

Helmed syndicated TV-movie, "Pointman"

1992

"Brenda Starr" released after sitting on shelf since 1986; first association with Dalton

1992

Last feature to date, "Bed & Breakfast"

1988

Teamed with Timothy Dalton and Anthony Edwards for "Hawks", a black comedy about last fling for two terminally ill cancer patients

1986

Reunited with Keach for CBS movie, "Intimate Strangers"

1985

Sumptuously rendered NBC movie, "The Other Lover", a literate woman's drama starring Lindsay Wagner

1983

Reunited with screenwriter Epstein, directing "Reuben, Reuben", a deliciously witty script (adapted from the writings of Peter De Vries); starred Tom Conti (who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar) and introduced Kelly McGillis

1978

Collaborated with screenwriters Dalton Trumbo and son Christopher (who finished teleplay after father died), directing NBC movie, "Ishi: The Last of His Tribe"; debuted at the Kennedy Center under the auspices of the US Senate Indian Relations Committee a

1976

Helmed "Just an Old Sweet Song", a CBS movie starring Tyson, which won a Christopher Award and earned Miller an NAACP Image Award for Best TV Director

1974

"The Girl From Petrovka" starred Goldie Hawn and introduced Anthony Hopkins to Hollywood

1969

His "The Buttercup Chain" was England's official entry to the Cannes Film Festival and a winner at the Yugoslav Film Festival

1968

Directed "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", which earned Oscar nominations for Alan Arkin (Best Actor) and Sandra Locke (Best Supporting Actress) in her feature debut; also introduced Stacy Keach and provided Cicely Tyson's first major screen role

1966

Feature directing debut, "Any Wednesday"; screenplay by Julius J Epstein

1963

Received an Emmy Award nomination for directing "The Voice of Charlie Pont" (ABC)

1961

Directed "Amos Burke: Who Killed Julie Greer?" (NBC), the pilot for "Burke's Law"; directed episodes of the series airing on ABC from 1963-1965

Directed episodes of "M Squad", "The Donna Reed Show", "Ben Casey" and "Route 66", among others

After college, returned to NYC and began directing theater and live TV

Began career as a stage actor

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