Bernard Miles Overview:

Character actor, Bernard Miles, was born Bernard James Miles on Sep 27, 1907 in Uxbridge, England. Miles died at the age of 83 on Jun 14, 1991 in Knaresborough, England .


Dark-haired, oval-faced British character-creator with distinctive scowling smile. On stage since 1930, he played supporting roles in films from 1933 - but gained his real fame as a comic monologuist, portraying knowing rustics. In films, he was mainly cast as simple folk, but he was always well in character in Dickensian parts and, after he became passionately involved with his own London theatre (the Mermaid), it was inevitable that he should move on to a ripe Long John Silver. Knighted in 1969. Created Lord Miles in 1978. Almost blind and confined to a wheelchair in his last years.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Simpson: Anytime you hear someone quoting from the bible - better watch out - it's probably the devil himself!

Joe Gargery: Pip! A young gentleman of great expectations.

Ishmael: [seeing Moby Dick for the first time] Is it real? Do you see it, too?
The Manxman, a sailor: We all see it. That don't make it real.

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Father, with Josephine Wilson, of Sally Miles.

He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in 1969 and awarded a Life Peer in 1979 for his services to drama.

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