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.

Don Birnam: Most men lead lives of quiet desperation. I can't take quiet desperation!

Don Birnam: It shrinks my liver, doesn't it, Nat? It pickles my kidneys, yeah. But what it does to the mind? It tosses the sandbags overboard so the balloon can soar. Suddenly I'm above the ordinary. I'm competent. I'm walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. I'm one of the great ones. I'm Michaelangelo, molding the beard of Moses. I'm Van Gogh painting pure sunlight. I'm Horowitz, playing the Emperor Concerto. I'm John Barrymore before movies got him by the throat. I'm Jesse James and his two brothers, all three of them. I'm W. Shakespeare. And out there it's not Third Avenue any longer, it's the Nile. Nat, it's the Nile and down it moves the barge of Cleopatra.

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When working on I Wanted Wings (1941), with Brian Donlevy and William Holden, he went up with a pilot to test a plane for filming. While up in the air, Ray decided to do a parachute jump (being an avid amateur parachutist) but, just before he could disembark, the plane began to sputter and the pilot said not to jump as they were running low on gas and he needed to land. Well, once on the ground and in the hangar, Ray began to tell his story of how he'd wanted to do a jump. As he told the story, the color ran out of the costume man's face. When asked why, he told Ray that the parachute he'd worn up in the plane was "just a prop". There had been no parachute!.

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.

At the age of 15, while working on a tramp steamer, he got a snake tattoo on his arm (much to the horror of his mother.) Later, he said getting the tattoo was one of his biggest regrets.

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