John Mills Overview:

Character actor, John Mills, was born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills on Feb 22, 1908 in North Elmham, England. Mills died at the age of 97 on Apr 23, 2005 in Denham, England and was laid to rest in St. Mary the Virgin Cemetery in Denham, England.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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John Mills was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actor for Ryan's Daughter (as Michael) in 1970.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1970Best Supporting ActorRyan's Daughter (1970)MichaelWon
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On 2002, Mills received the Disney Legends Award for living up to the Disney principals of imagination, skill, discipline, craftsmanship and magic.

BlogHub Articles:

, Horst Buchholz, and Hayley Mills struggle in “Tiger Bay”

By Stephen Reginald on Feb 12, 2021 From Classic Movie Man

, Horst Buchholz, and Hayley Mills struggle in “Tiger Bay” Tiger Bay (1959) is a British crime drama directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring , Horst Buchholz, and Hayley Mills in her first major film role. The plot centers around a young Polish sailor named Bron... Read full article


A musical

By Judy on Feb 13, 2015 From Movie Classics

I’ve just reviewed an early musical starring , Car of Dreams , released in 1935, over at my British movies blog. Anyone interested is very welcome to take a look! This is the first in a planned?series about ?films starring this great actor.... Read full article


Scott of the Antarctic (1948) with

By Greg Orypeck on Jun 12, 2014 From Classic Film Freak

Share This!?We knew that poor Oates was walking to his death, but though we tried to dissuade him, we knew it was the act of a brave man and an English gentleman.??We all hope to meet the end with a similar spirit and assuredly the end is not far.???? Robert Falcon Scott If ever there was a more apt... Read full article


, Jane Greer, and Richard Basehart: It's Triple Feature Time at the Cafe!

By Rick29 on Aug 29, 2013 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Jim--haunted by memories of the tragedy. The October Man (1947). A bus accident on a dark, rainy night leaves Jim Ackland () with a skull fracture--and the tragic memory of a friend's young daughter who died while under his care. After spending a year in a hospital, Jim emerges a fragile ... Read full article


"looks like" a young Willie Nelson.

By Dawn on Aug 31, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Sir ,(22 February 1908 – 23 April 2005), was an English actor, who made more than 120 films in a career spanning seven decades.Willie Nelson (born April 30, 1933), is a Texan country singer-songwriter, author, poet, actor. He reached his greatest fame during the outlaw country moveme... Read full article


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John Mills Quotes:

Ezra Fitton: All this reading books he does, it's not natural.
Lucy Fitton: You wouldn't know what natural is.
Ezra Fitton: My father always used to say if it were natural you'd see animals doing it. I never saw a horse reading.


The Innkeeper: What sort of work do you want?
Alfred Polly: I've never properly thought that out.


Father Robinson: Don't you sometimes feel that this is the kind of life we were meant to live on this earth? Everything we need, everything, right here, right at our fingertips. You know, if only people could have all this and be satisfied, I don't think there'd be any real problems in the world.


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John Mills Facts
Although his eyesight failed almost completely in 1990, he continued to act, playing both blind and seeing characters.

Despite being two of Britain's most distinguished actors of their generation, he appeared in only two films with Alec Guinness: Great Expectations (1946) and Tunes of Glory (1960).

His wife of 64 years, Mary Hayley Bell, suffered from Alzheimer's disease for many years. Due to the advanced stage of her illness, she was unable to attend his funeral on April 27, 2005.

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