Ray Milland

Actor + Director
Born Jan 3, 1907

Ray Milland was a Welsh actor and director. His screen career ran from 1929 to 1985, and he is best remembered for his Academy Award–winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend (1945), a sophisticated leading man opposite a corrupt John Wayne in Reap the Wild Wind (1942), the murder-plotting husband in Dial M for Murder (1954), and as Oliver Barrett III in Love Story (1970).… Read More

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1907 Birth Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones (not Reginald Alfred John Truscott-Jones as has often been stated). His birth was registered between January and March of 1907, in Neath, Glamorgan, Wales, though some sources still state 1905 as his birth year. … Read More


1928 21 Years Old …  Brody queried Milland's commitment to an army career, which led to Milland buying himself out of the forces in 1928 in the hope of becoming an actor. … Read More
1930 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In between stage work, Milland was approached by MGM vice-president Robert Rubin, who had seen the film The Flying Scotsman. MGM offered Milland a nine-month contract, based in Hollywood, and he accepted, leaving the United Kingdom in August 1930. … Read More
1932 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Within eight months of first meeting, the two were married on 30 September 1932 at the Riverside Mission Inn. … Read More
1933 26 Years Old Then, in 1933, Roosevelt's reforms to the American banking sector led to a temporary weakness in the dollar allowing Milland to afford a return to the United States. … Read More
1936 29 Years Old …  By the end of 1936, Milland was being considered for leading roles, and Paramount rewrote his contract, resulting in the tripling of his salary. … Read More


1939 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Milland completed 1939 with an appearance as John Geste in Beau Geste alongside Gary Cooper and Robert Preston and Everything Happens at Night (1939) with Sonja Henie for 20th Century Fox.
1940 33 Years Old In 1940 Milland appeared in a selection of romantic comedies and dramas alongside some of the leading ladies of the time, including Irene opposite Anna Neagle, Arise, My Love with Claudette Colbert and Untamed with Patricia Morison. … Read More
1941 34 Years Old As the Second World War continued, Milland found himself now appearing in more action orientated pictures. He starred as a wannabe pilot in 1941's I Wanted Wings with Brian Donlevy and William Holden. … Read More
1943 36 Years Old 1943 saw Milland appear in the all-star musical Star Spangled Rhythm, in which he appeared as himself singing "If Men Played Cards as Women Do" alongside Fred MacMurray, Franchot Tone and Lynne Overman. … Read More
1944 37 Years Old In 1944 he appeared in the supernatural film The Uninvited and the Fritz Lang film noir production Ministry of Fear.
1945 38 Years Old The pinnacle of Milland's career and acknowledgment of his serious dramatic abilities came in 1945 when he starred in The Lost Weekend. … Read More


1951 44 Years Old In 1951, he gave a strong performance in Close to My Heart, starring with Gene Tierney as a couple trying to adopt a child. … Read More
1954 47 Years Old In 1954, he starred opposite Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings in Alfred Hitchcock's only 3D movie, Dial M for Murder. … Read More
1955 48 Years Old After leaving Paramount Milland concentrated on directing. His first, a 1955 Western entitled A Man Alone centered around the aftermath of a stagecoach robbery. … Read More


1966 59 Years Old In 1966 Milland took the lead in the Broadway play Hostile Witness directed by Reginald Denham.


1968 61 Years Old The play ran from February until July of that year, and in 1968 he reprised his role of Simon Crawford, Q.C. in a film of the same title, which he also directed. … Read More
1971 64 Years Old He appeared in two episodes of Columbo (once as the murderer), in 1971 and 1972, and guest starred as Sire Uri in the pilot episode of the original Battlestar Galactica television series.
1986 79 Years Old Milland died of lung cancer in Torrance, California, on 10 March 1986, aged 79. … Read More
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