Ray Milland Overview:

Legendary actor, Ray Milland, was born Reginald Alfred John Truscott-Jones on Jan 3, 1905 in Neath, Glamorgan. Milland died at the age of 81 on Mar 10, 1986 in Torrance, CA and was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea near Pacific Crest Redondo Beach CA.


Dark-haired, Welsh-born, Hollywood star with round, open face, who, after a start in British films, gave light good-natured performances in romantic comedies of the thirties and early forties. When it was found that he could project shallowness and other disturbing qualities beneath a surface charm, he was cast as the alcoholic in The Lost Weekend (which won him an Oscar) and, later, as the scheming husband in Dial M for Murder. At Paramount for 20 years, he was a star for 30. Also an interesting director. He re-emerged as a bald-pated character actor in later years, mainly in testy roles. Died from cancer.

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Ray Milland was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Actor for The Lost Weekend (as Don Birnam) in 1945.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1945Best ActorThe Lost Weekend (1945)Don BirnamWon

He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Television. Ray Milland's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #79 on Apr 17, 1947.

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Ray Milland Quotes:

Willi Hilfe: We thought you'd been killed.
Stephen Neale: Not quite.

Guy Carrell: Can you possibly conceive it. The unendurable oppression of the lungs, the stifling fumes of the earth, the rigid embrace of the coffin, the blackness of absolute night and the silence, like an overwhelming sea.

Harry Baldwin: You get in the trailer with your mother and Karen.
Rick Baldwin: What for?
Harry Baldwin: It's going to get rough from here on - I may need some cover. If I stop the car, grab a shotgun. Don't get trigger happy, but don't be gun shy either. If you have to use it - use it.

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Until the age of five, spoke only Welsh.

Had a terrible accident during the filming of Hotel Imperial (1939), when, taking his horse over a jump, the saddle-girth broke and he landed head-first on a pile of bricks. His most serious injuries were a concussion that left him unconscious for 24 hours, a 3-inch gash in his skull that took 9 stitches to close, and numerous fractures and lacerations on his left hand.

Had a near-fatal accident on the set of Hotel Imperial (1939). One scene called for him to lead a cavalry charge through a small village. An accomplished horseman, Milland insisted upon doing this scene himself. As he was making a scripted jump on the horse, his saddle came loose, sending him flying straight into a pile of broken masonary. Laid up in the hospital for weeks with multiple fractures and lacerations, he was lucky to be alive.

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