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:

Nick Beal: The last time I was here was quite exciting. City was on fire. Picked up quite a lot of recruits that night. Made quite a transportation problem.

Eric Yeager: [to Rhubarb] Now listen ya lug, you're in the chips now, the blue chips. So stop acting like a goon squad. This is an okay dame. She doesn't want a nickel of your dough.
[to Polly]
Eric Yeager: stroke him very gently on his head.
Polly Sickles: Why, he doesn't even hiss.
Eric Yeager: You're now a member of the club.

Tony Wendice: As you said Mark, it might work out on paper, but congratulations, Inspector. Oh, by the way... How about you, Margot?
Margot Mary Wendice: Yes, I could do with something.
Tony Wendice: Mark?
Mark Halliday: So could I.
Tony Wendice: I suppose you're still on duty, Inspector.

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As of 2011 is one of three actors who have won Best Actor at the Oscars and at the Cannes Film Festival for the same performance. The others are Jon Voight in Coming Home (1978) and William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985).

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 628-629. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

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