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.


Staunch, stocky British leading man, trained in musical comedy, but best recalled for war roles that ran from cockney ratings to stiff-upper-lip officers, and for a series of rural worms-that-turned that culminated in his winning an Oscar for his village grotesque in Ryan's Daughter. Sincerity was his best quality, and he projected it throughout the forties and fifties, when he was one of Britain's top box-office stars. Father of Hayley and Juliet Mills. Married actress Aileen Raymond and (from 1941) Mary Hayley Bell, who became a novelist and playwright. Knighted in 1977.

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



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

On 2002, Mills received the Disney Legends Award for living up to the Disney principals of imagination, skill, discipline, craftsmanship and magic.

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John Mills Quotes:

Superintendent Graham: I wouldn't have you for a friend, Gillie.

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.

Fritz Robinson: What's that?
Father Robinson: That? Oh, that's a quarantine flag. Warning that there's Black Death aboard.
Ernst Robinson: How did you know that?
Father Robinson: Well *I* do a bit of reading, too, you know.

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John Mills Facts
In 1967, he appeared in "The Great Escape" themed episode of "The Golden Shot" (1967), hosted by Bob Monkhouse.

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

He and his first wife Aileen Raymond both died in April 2005, approximately 78 years after they were married.

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