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Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(born Alfred Reginald Jones,[notes 1] 3 January 1907 – 10 March 1986)[1] was a Welsh actor and film director.[2][3] His screen career ran from 1929 to 1985, and he is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend (1945), a sophisticated leading man opposite a corrupt John Wayne in Reap the Wild Wind
Reap the Wild Wind
(1942), the murder-plotting husband in Dial M for Murder
Dial M for Murder
(1954), and as Oliver Barrett III in Love Story (1970).[4] Before becoming an actor, Milland served in the Household Cavalry
Household Cavalry
of the British Army, becoming a proficient marksman, horseman, and aeroplane pilot. He left the army to follow a career in acting and appeared as an extra in several British productions before getting his first major role in The Flying Scotsman (1929). This led to a nine-month contract with MGM, and he moved to the United States, where he appeared as a stock actor. After being released by MGM, he was picked up by Paramount, which used Milland in a range of lesser speaking parts, normally as an English character. He was lent to Universal for a film called Three Smart Girls
Three Smart Girls
(1936), and its success had Milland given a lead role in The Jungle Princess
The Jungle Princess
(also 1936) alongside new starlet Dorothy Lamour. The film was a big success and catapulted both to stardom. Milland remained with Paramount for almost 20 years, and in addition to his Oscar-winning role in The Lost Weekend, he is also remembered for the films The Major and the Minor (1942), The Big Clock (1948), and The Thief (1952), the last of which had him nominated for his second Golden Globe. After leaving Paramount, he began directing, and ended his career moving into television. Milland, who was at one time Paramount Pictures' highest paid actor, co-starred alongside many of the most popular actresses of the time, including Gene Tierney, Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers, Jane Wyman, Loretta Young, and Veronica Lake.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early years 2.2 Move to America, 1930–1932 2.3 Rising actor 1933–1936 2.4 As leading man 1937–1944 2.5 The Lost Weekend – 1945 2.6 1945–1954 2.7 As director and television work 1955–1985

3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Filmography 6 Radio appearances 7 Notes 8 References 9 Bibliography 10 External links

Early life[edit] Milland was born on 3 January 1907 in Neath, Wales, the son of Elizabeth Annie (née Truscott) and Alfred Jones, a steel mill superintendent.[1][5][notes 1] Commenting about his parents' personalities, Milland wrote in his 1974 autobiography Wide-Eyed in Babylon:

My father was not a cruel or harsh man. Just a very quiet one. I think he was an incurable romantic and consequently a little afraid of his emotions and perhaps ashamed of them... he had been a young hussar in the Boer War and had been present at the relief of Mafeking. He never held long conversations with anyone, except perhaps with me, possibly because I was the only other male in our family. The household consisted of my mother, a rather flighty and coquettish woman much concerned with propriety and what the neighbours thought.[7]

With regard to Milland's early education, he was schooled independently before attending the private King's College School in Cardiff.[8] He also worked at his uncle's horse-breeding farm before leaving home at the age of 21.[6] Career[edit] Early years[edit] Prior to becoming an actor, Milland served in the Household Cavalry. An expert shot, he became a member of his company's rifle team, winning many prestigious competitions, including the Bisley Match in England. While stationed in London, Milland met dancer Margot St. Leger, and through her was introduced to American actress Estelle Brody.[9] Brody queried Milland's commitment to an army career, which led to Milland buying himself out of the forces in 1928 in the hope of becoming an actor.[10] His first appearance on film was as an uncredited extra on the E.A. Dupont film Piccadilly (1929). After some unproductive extra work, which never reached the screen, he signed with a talent agent named Frank Zeitlin on the recommendation of fellow actor Jack Raine.[10] His prowess as a marksman earned him work as an extra at the British International Pictures studio on Arthur Robison's production of The Informer (1929),[11] the first screen version of the Liam O'Flaherty novel. While he was working on The Informer, he was asked to test for a production being shot on a neighbouring stage. Milland made a favourable impression with director Castleton Knight, and was hired for his first acting role as Jim Edwards in The Flying Scotsman (also 1929).[12] In his autobiography, Milland recalls that on this film set, he was suggested to adopt a stage name, and he chose Milland from the "mill lands" area of his Welsh home town of Neath.[13] His work on The Flying Scotsman resulted in him being granted a six-month contract, in which Milland starred in two more Knight-directed films, The Lady from the Sea and The Plaything (both 1929).[14] Believing that his acting was poor, and that he had won his film roles through his looks alone, Milland decided to gain some stage work to improve his art.[15] After hearing that club owner Bobby Page was financing a touring company, Milland approached him in hope of work. He was given the role of second lead, in a production of Sam Shipman and Max Marcin's The Woman in Room 13. Despite being released from the play after five weeks, Milland felt that he had gained valuable acting experience.[16] Move to America, 1930–1932[edit] In between stage work, Milland was approached by MGM vice-president Robert Rubin, who had seen the film The Flying Scotsman.[17] MGM offered Milland a nine-month contract, based in Hollywood, and he accepted, leaving the United Kingdom in August 1930.[18] MGM started Milland out as a 'stock' player, selecting him for small speaking parts in mainstream productions.[19] Milland's first introduction to a Hollywood
Hollywood
film resulted in a humiliating scene on the set of Son of India (1931), when the film's director Jacques Feyder
Jacques Feyder
berated Milland's acting in front of the entire crew.[20] Despite this setback, the studio executives talked Milland into staying in Hollywood, and in 1930, he appeared in his first US film Passion Flower.[21] Over the next two years, Milland appeared in minor parts for MGM, as well as a few films lent to Warner Bros., often uncredited. His largest role during this period was as Charles Laughton's nephew in Payment Deferred (1932). While in this first period working in the United States, Milland met Muriel Frances Weber, whom he always called "Mal", a student at the University of Southern California. Within eight months of first meeting, the two were married on 30 September 1932 at the Riverside Mission Inn.[22] The couple had a son, Daniel, and a daughter, Victoria (adopted). Shortly after Payment Deferred, Milland found himself out of work when MGM failed to renew his contract. He spent five months in the US attempting to find further acting work, but after little success, and a strained relationship with his father-in-law, he decided to head back to Britain hoping that two years spent in Hollywood
Hollywood
would lead to roles in British films.[23] Milland cashed in his contracted first-class return ticket to Britain and found an alternative cheaper way back home. Muriel remained in the States to finish her studies, and Milland found temporary accommodation in Earl's Court
Earl's Court
in London. Rising actor 1933–1936[edit] Milland found life in Britain difficult with little regular work, though he finally found parts in two British films, This is the Life and Orders is Orders (both 1933).[24] Neither was a breakthrough role. Then, in 1933, Roosevelt's reforms to the American banking sector led to a temporary weakness in the dollar, allowing Milland to afford a return to the United States.[25] He returned to California, and found a small flat on Sunset Boulevard, promising Muriel that he would buy a home once he was financially stable. With little prospect of finding acting work, Milland took on menial jobs, including working for a bookie. He decided to find regular employment and through connections made in his time in the UK, he was offered the role of an assistant manager of a Shell gas station on Sunset and Clark.[26] On his return from his successful Shell interview, he passed by the gates of Paramount Pictures, where he was approached by casting director Joe Egli. Paramount was filming the George Raft
George Raft
picture Bolero (released in February 1934), but an injury to another British actor had left the studio looking for an urgent replacement. Egli offered Milland a two-week contract, at ten times the salary the assistant job would pay. Milland took the acting role.

Dorothy Lamour, Milland's co-star in The Jungle Princess

After completing Bolero, Milland was offered a five-week guarantee by Benjamin Glazer to work on an upcoming screwball comedy starring Bing Crosby and Carole Lombard entitled We're Not Dressing
We're Not Dressing
(also 1934). During filming, he appeared in a scene with George Burns
George Burns
and Gracie Allen, which Milland recalls as falling into an "ad-libbed shambles", which he felt was better than the original script. The film's director Norman Taurog
Norman Taurog
was so impressed, he rang the chief production executive and suggested that Milland be placed on a long-term contact. After a short meeting, Milland was offered a seven-year deal with Paramount. The contract gave Milland a secure income, and Muriel and he moved into an apartment on Fountain Avenue. During his first contract with Paramount, Milland was used as part of the speaking cast, but never as a top-of-the-bill actor. He was contacted by Joe Pasternak, who was looking for an 'English' actor for the lead in his new picture, Three Smart Girls
Three Smart Girls
(1936). Although Pasternak worked for Universal Studios, Paramount had agreed to lend Milland out for the film.[27] Milland was lent to Universal for Next Time We Love (also 1936), with James Stewart
James Stewart
and Margaret Sullavan. On returning to Paramount after Three Smart Girls
Three Smart Girls
was wrapped, Milland was again cast in bit-part roles. He was then used as a test actor to find a new starlet for The Jungle Princess
The Jungle Princess
(also 1936). When the studio chose Dorothy Lamour
Dorothy Lamour
for the lead, Milland wrote in his autobiography that Lamour was confused to find that he was not to be her male lead and she requested Milland to be her co-star. Paramount was not keen, but when Three Smart Girls
Three Smart Girls
was released to rave reviews, they gave Milland the role.[28] By the end of 1936, Milland was being considered for leading roles, and Paramount rewrote his contract, resulting in the tripling of his salary.[29] The highly successful The Jungle Princess
The Jungle Princess
launched Lamour's career and was followed by two further films in the same genre, Her Jungle Love and Tropic Holiday (both 1938), which also feature Milland. As leading man 1937–1944[edit] After returning from a break in Europe, Milland was cast as Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond in Bulldog Drummond
Bulldog Drummond
Escapes (1937). This was followed by another lead role in Gilded Lily, directed by Wesley Ruggles, who had started Milland out in Bolero. A heavy workload followed with Milland completing Ebb Tide (1937) for Paramount and a couple of loan-outs to Universal and Columbia Pictures. These were followed by Hotel Imperial (1939) in which Milland suffered a near-fatal accident on the set. 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 masonry. Milland awoke in hospital, where he remained for a week with a badly damaged left hand, a three-inch gash to his head, and a concussion.[30] In the same period, Milland appeared as John Geste in Beau Geste alongside Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
and Robert Preston and Everything Happens at Night (both 1939) with Sonja Henie for 20th Century Fox. According to Milland, a second injury to his left hand occurred in 1939. As well as horse-riding, Milland enjoyed piloting aircraft and in his early career would lend out single-seater planes.[31] As a contracted starring actor, Paramount had insisted he give up this hobby.[32] Instead, Milland took up woodworking and outfitted a machine shop at the back of his newly built house. While operating a circular blade, he slipped, catching one of his hands on the saw. The injury resulted in Milland losing a part of his thumb and severely damaging his tendons.[32] Milland believed that the injury left him with only 50% usage of his hand, but within weeks of the incident, he flew to Britain to star in French Without Tears.[33] By the time he returned to America, war was declared in Europe. The year finished with the news that Muriel was pregnant with their son Daniel.

Milland with Paulette Goddard
Paulette Goddard
in Reap the Wild Wind
Reap the Wild Wind
(1942)

Milland appeared in a selection of romantic comedies and dramas alongside some of the leading ladies of the time in films released in 1940, including Irene opposite Anna Neagle, Arise, My Love
Arise, My Love
with Claudette Colbert, and Untamed with Patricia Morison. When the United States entered the Second World War, Milland tried to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Forces, but was rejected because of his impaired left hand. He worked as a civilian flight instructor for the Army, and toured with a United Service Organisation South Pacific troupe in 1944. As the Second World War
Second World War
continued, Milland found himself now appearing in more action-orientated pictures. He starred as a wannabe pilot in I Wanted Wings (1941) with Brian Donlevy
Brian Donlevy
and William Holden. This was followed by Cecil B. DeMille's Reap the Wild Wind
Reap the Wild Wind
(1942) alongside John Wayne. Milland appeared in the all-star musical Star Spangled Rhythm
Star Spangled Rhythm
(1943), in which he appeared as himself singing "If Men Played Cards as Women Do" alongside Fred MacMurray, Franchot Tone, and Lynne Overman. He also made an appearance in the collaborative drama Forever and a Day. He appeared in the supernatural film The Uninvited and the Fritz Lang film noir production Ministry of Fear
Ministry of Fear
(both 1944). The Lost Weekend – 1945[edit] The pinnacle of Milland's career and acknowledgment of his serious dramatic abilities came when he starred in The Lost Weekend (1945). Milland recalled how after returning from an emcee engagement in Peru, he found a book delivered to his home, with a note from Paramount's head of production Buddy DeSylva, which read "Read it. Study it. You're going to play it."[34] Milland found the book unsettling and felt that its subject matter, that of an alcoholic writer, challenging and alien to him. He was also concerned that it would require 'serious acting', something that he believed he had not undertaken to that point in his career.[35] The film was to be produced by Charles Brackett and directed by Billy Wilder, the two men also collaborating to write the screenplay.[36] Milland had already worked with both men, having starred in the comedy The Major and the Minor
The Major and the Minor
(1942), and he was excited by their involvement.

Milland in character as Don Birnam in The Lost Weekend (1945)

Milland's first concern with taking on the role of Don Birnam in The Lost Weekend was that he might overact and look amateurish. After a shambolic attempt to act parts of the script while actually drunk, Milland quickly realized that he needed to understand alcoholism.[37] After the cast and crew had arrived on location in New York, Milland was allowed to spend a night in a psychiatric ward of Bellevue Hospital, where the patients were suffering from alcoholism and delirium tremens. He found the experience extremely disturbing and left at three in the morning.[38] Milland lost eight pounds for the role and spoke with the book's author Charles R. Jackson to gain insight into the illness.[39] After the external shots in New York were complete, in which hidden cameras were used to capture Milland walking the streets, the crew returned to Hollywood. Milland found the set work far more challenging, knowing that the close-ups would give his acting no place to hide. Between the strain of acting and the morbidity of the subject, Milland's home life deteriorated and he left for a period of two weeks.[40] When the shoot was over, Muriel and he left for a vacation in Canada. Returning to filming, Milland was assigned to a historical drama called Kitty.[41] This was followed by a romantic caper The Well-Groomed Bride opposite Olivia de Havilland. Many of the crew members on The Well-Groomed Bride
The Well-Groomed Bride
had also worked on The Lost Weekend, and Milland recalled an encounter with a sound mixer, who told him he had seen a rough cut of Weekend and that not only was Milland a sure nomination for an Academy Award, but he thought he would win. Milland had not considered himself worthy of an award, but over the next few months, he thought of little else, and was desperate to be nominated. After the first preview, reaction was mixed, with Brackett stating that they had produced "something really worthwhile".[42] Milland found the feedback to his role congratulatory but hushed, leading him to feel the film would bomb as a piece of cinema and would be seen as a social document.[42] When the film was released in New York, the favourable reviews took the studio by surprise. Milland was lauded and he not only won that year's Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor, but also the Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
Award for Best Actor, the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor, and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. He was the first Welsh actor to win an Oscar and when he collected the award from Ingrid Bergman, he gave one of the shortest acceptance speeches of any Oscar winner.[43] His performance was so convincing, Milland was beleaguered for years by rumours that he actually was an alcoholic.[6] The actor claimed he was not. Milland's success in The Lost Weekend resulted in his contract being rewritten, and he became Paramount's highest-salaried actor. When the film was premiered across Europe, Milland was sent to attend each opening.[44] When he appeared in Cardiff, the largest city in Wales, he was given the key to the city.[45] 1945–1954[edit] Milland continued in his role as lead man after his Oscar win, and stayed contracted to Paramount until the early 1950s. In the late 1940s, he appeared opposite Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich
in Golden Earrings
Golden Earrings
and Teresa Wright
Teresa Wright
in The Trouble with Women (both 1947). During the same period, he starred in four John Farrow
John Farrow
pictures, California (also 1947), The Big Clock (1948), Alias Nick Beal (1949), and Copper Canyon. He also worked with George Cukor, who directed him in A Life of Her Own (1950) alongside Lana Turner. Milland gave a strong performance in Close to My Heart
Close to My Heart
(1951), starring with Gene Tierney
Gene Tierney
as a couple trying to adopt a child. Also around this time, he was directed by Jacques Tourneur in Circle of Danger (also 1951), set in the United Kingdom; it was the only time he filmed in his home country of Wales.[43] In The Thief (1952), his role was without dialogue, and for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. He starred opposite Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
and Robert Cummings
Robert Cummings
in Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder
Dial M for Murder
(1954), originally shot in three dimensions. Although never admitted by either, rumours were rife at the time that Kelly and Milland were engaged in an affair, fuelled by notorious gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.[46][47][48] As director and television work 1955–1985[edit] After leaving Paramount, Milland concentrated on directing. His first, a Western entitled A Man Alone (1955) centres around the aftermath of a stagecoach robbery. This was followed by Lisbon, a crime drama starring Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara
and Claude Rains. Both films were distributed by Republic Pictures. Due to his experience as a film director, he achieved much success directing for television. He also made many television appearances. He starred from 1953 to 1955 with Phyllis Avery and Lloyd Corrigan
Lloyd Corrigan
in the CBS
CBS
sitcom Meet Mr. McNutley
Meet Mr. McNutley
in the role of a college English and later drama professor at fictitious Lynnhaven College. The programme was renamed in its second season as The Ray Milland
Ray Milland
Show. From 1959 to 1960, Milland starred in the CBS detective series Markham, but the show failed to capture an audience, though it followed the western Gunsmoke.

Do what you can with what you've got. I know actors from my generation who sit at home and cry 'Why don't they send me any scripts?' I tell them, 'Because you still think of yourself as a leading man. You're 68, not 28. Face it.'[6]

– Milland explaining his philosophy on becoming a character actor towards the end of his career.

In 1966, Milland took the lead in the Broadway play Hostile Witness directed by Reginald Denham. The play ran from February until July of that year, and in 1968, he reprised his role of Simon Crawford, Q.C., in a film of the same title, which he also directed. He made few films in the early 1960s. He appeared in two Roger Corman pictures; the first was The Premature Burial (1962) – the third of Corman's 'Poe Cycle'. He followed this as Dr. Xavier in X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963). The third of these was his self-directed, apocalyptic science-fiction drama Panic in Year Zero!. He returned as a film character actor in the late 1960s and the 1970s, in such films as Daughter of the Mind (1969), in which he was reunited with Gene Tierney, and in the role of Oliver Barrett III, in both Love Story (1970) and its sequel Oliver's Story
Oliver's Story
(1978). In the late 1960s, Milland hosted rebroadcasts of certain episodes of the syndicated Western anthology series, Death Valley Days
Death Valley Days
under the title Trails West; the series' original host had been Ronald Reagan. He also turned in an appearance as a hand surgeon in the Night Gallery episode "The Hand of Borgus Weems". Toward the end of his life, Milland appeared twice as Jennifer Hart's father in ABC's Hart to Hart, with Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. He starred in two episodes of Columbo, in 1971, "Death Lends a Hand" and in 1972, "The Greenhouse Jungle", as the murderer. He guest-starred as Sire Uri in the pilot episode of the original Battlestar Galactica television series.[49] In 1975, Milland was the subject of an episode of the British biographical TV series This Is Your Life.[50] Personal life[edit] Milland was married to Muriel Frances Weber, from 1932 until his death in 1986. They had a son, Daniel (b. 1940), and an adopted daughter, Victoria. Milland had an affair with co-star Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
while filming Dial M for Murder.[51][52][53] Milland's son Daniel appeared in several minor acting roles in the 1960s. He died in March 1981, at the age of 41, in an apparent suicide. A rifle was found next to him on his bed and he had a wound to his head.[54] Milland became a naturalized American citizen in the 1940s.[55] He supported the Republican Party and announced his support for Richard Nixon in the 1968 presidential election.[56]. Death[edit] Milland died at the age of 79 of lung cancer at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California, on 10 March 1986.[4][6] In line with his instructions, no funeral was held.[57] His body was cremated, and its ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean at Redondo Beach, California. Filmography[edit] Main article: Ray Milland
Ray Milland
filmography Radio appearances[edit]

Year Programme Episode/source

1946 This Is Hollywood The Seventh Veil[58]

1946 Screen Guild Players The Lost Weekend[59]

1953 Lux Radio Theatre Close to My Heart[60]

Notes[edit]

^ a b Other sources give a different date of birth and birth name. Milland's obituary in the New York Times gave 3 January 1905 with the name Reginald Truscott-Jones.[6] Encyclopædia Britannica gives 3 January 1907 and Reginald Truscott-Jones.[5]

References[edit]

^ a b Parkinson, David (2011). "Ray Milland". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/57315.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) ^ " Ray Milland
Ray Milland
in 'Circle of Danger'". The New York Times. 12 July 1951.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ "Top 10 Welsh actors: Ray Milland". BBC
BBC
WalesArts website. BBC. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2014.  ^ a b " Ray Milland
Ray Milland
dies". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. 11 March 1986. p. B-5.  ^ a b "Ray Milland". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 14 December 2016.  ^ a b c d e Flint, Peter B. (11 March 1986). " Ray Milland
Ray Milland
Dies. Won Oscar for 'Lost Weekend'". New York Times. Retrieved 2 December 2014.  ^ Milland (1974), p.23 ^ Asghar, Mohammed (1 September 2011). " Hollywood
Hollywood
star Ray had close links with capital". Wales
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Online.  ^ Milland (1974) pp. 75–78 ^ a b Milland (1974) pp. 78–84 ^ Berry (1996), p. 257 ^ Milland (1974) pp. 93–94 ^ Milland (1974) p. 95 ^ Milland (1974) p. 96 ^ Milland (1974) p. 101 ^ Milland (1974) p. 102 ^ Milland (1974), p. 109 ^ Milland (1974), p. 112 ^ Milland (1974), p. 126 ^ Milland (1974), p. 122 ^ Milland (1974), pp. 124–26 ^ Milland (1974), pp. 139–41 ^ Milland (1974), p. 148 ^ "Orders Is Orders (1933)". BFI Film Forever. Retrieved 19 August 2016. . This film was released in the United States in May 1934, which some sources follow. ^ Milland (1974), pp. 155–57 ^ Milland (1974), p. 162 ^ Milland (1974), pp.172–74 ^ Milland (1974), pp.175–76 ^ Milland (1974), p.178 ^ Milland (1974), p.189 ^ Milland (1974), pp.170–72 ^ a b Milland (1974), p.192 ^ Milland (1974), p.193 ^ Milland, (1974) p.211 ^ Milland, (1974) p.212 ^ "2011 National Film Registry More Than a Box of Chocolates". loc.gov. Retrieved 7 July 2013.  ^ Milland, (1974) p.214 ^ Milland, (1974) pp.216–7 ^ Milland, (1974) p.218 ^ Milland, (1974) p.219 ^ Arnold, Jeremy. "Kitty". tcm.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.  ^ a b Milland, (1974) p.223 ^ a b Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales
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Press. p. 557. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.  ^ Milland, (1974) p.228 ^ Milland, (1974) p.229 ^ Rosenthal, Donna (24 April 1987). "The Private Eyeful Of Grace Kelly The Biographer Telling Tales Of Problems In The Past – And In The Palace". philly.com. Retrieved 14 December 2013.  ^ Wallis, Sara (14 April 2007). " Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
Exposed". mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 14 December 2013.  ^ Norman, Neil (27 June 2009). "Grace Kelly; Innocent flirt or nymphomaniac". express.co.uk. Retrieved 14 December 2013.  ^ Muir, John Kenneth (2005). An Analytical Guide to Television's Battlestar Galactica. McFarland. p. 54. ISBN 9781476606569.  ^ "Ray Milland". Bigredbook.info. Retrieved 17 May 2017.  ^ Churcher, Sharon (26 January 2013). "Lonely and desperate, how Grace Kelly tried to escape her cruel sham of a fairytale marriage". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2014.  ^ Wallis, Sara (14 April 2007). " Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
Exposed". mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2014.  ^ Grace : The secret lives of a princess by James Spada, Sidgewick and Jackson, 1987 ^ "Milland death suicide". Montreal Gazette. UPI. 27 March 1981. p. 52.  ^ "Ray Milland, 78, Oscar-winning Actor". Chicago Tribune. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 18 September 2017.  ^ ""1968 Presidential Race"". Pophistorydig.com. Retrieved 16 October 2017.  ^ "No Funeral for Ray Milland". Apnewsarchive.com. Retrieved 16 October 2017.  ^ "Ray Milland, Ann Todd, Co-Star on 'This Is Hollywood' Premiere Tonight". Harrisburg Telegraph. 5 October 1946. p. 17. Retrieved 2 October 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ "Those Were the Days". Nostalgia Digest. 39 (1): 32–41. Winter 2013.  ^ Kirby, Walter (1 March 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 46. Retrieved 23 June 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 

Bibliography[edit]

Berry, David (1996). Wales
Wales
and Cinema, The First Hundred Years. Cardiff: University of Wales
Wales
Press. p. 215. ISBN 0-7083-1370-1.  Milland, Ray (1974). Wide-Eyed in Babylon. New York: Morrow. ISBN 0-688-00257-9.  Parkinson, David (2011). "Ray Milland". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/57315.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor

1928–1950

Emil Jannings
Emil Jannings
(1928) Warner Baxter
Warner Baxter
(1929) George Arliss
George Arliss
(1930) Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
(1931) Fredric March
Fredric March
/ Wallace Beery
Wallace Beery
(1932) Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
(1933) Clark Gable
Clark Gable
(1934) Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
(1935) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1936) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1937) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1938) Robert Donat
Robert Donat
(1939) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1940) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1941) James Cagney
James Cagney
(1942) Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1943) Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
(1944) Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1945) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1946) Ronald Colman
Ronald Colman
(1947) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1948) Broderick Crawford
Broderick Crawford
(1949) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1950)

1951–1975

Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
(1951) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1952) William Holden
William Holden
(1953) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1954) Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
(1955) Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner
(1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1957) David Niven
David Niven
(1958) Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
(1959) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1960) Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
(1961) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1962) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1963) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1964) Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
(1965) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1966) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1967) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1968) John Wayne
John Wayne
(1969) George C. Scott1 (1970) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1971) Marlon Brando1 (1972) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1973) Art Carney
Art Carney
(1974) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1975)

1976–2000

Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1976) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1978) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1979) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1983) F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1985) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1986) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1987) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1988) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1989) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1990) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1991) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1992) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1993) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1997) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(1998) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1999) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(2000)

2001–present

Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2001) Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
(2013) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2014) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
(2017)

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Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
Best Actor Award

1946-1975

Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1946) Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
(1949) Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
(1951) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1952) Charles Vanel
Charles Vanel
(1953) Spencer Tracy/cast of Bolshaya Semya (1955) John Kitzmiller
John Kitzmiller
(1957) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1958) Bradford Dillman/Dean Stockwell/ Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1959) Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins
(1961) Dean Stockwell/Jason Robards/Ralph Richardson/ Murray Melvin
Murray Melvin
(1962) Richard Harris
Richard Harris
(1963) Antal Páger/ Saro Urzì
Saro Urzì
(1964) Terence Stamp
Terence Stamp
(1965) Per Oscarsson
Per Oscarsson
(1966) Oded Kotler
Oded Kotler
(1967) Jean-Louis Trintignant
Jean-Louis Trintignant
(1969) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1970) Riccardo Cucciolla
Riccardo Cucciolla
(1971) Jean Yanne (1972) Giancarlo Giannini
Giancarlo Giannini
(1973) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1974) Vittorio Gassman
Vittorio Gassman
(1975)

1976-2000

José Luis Gómez
José Luis Gómez
(1976) Fernando Rey
Fernando Rey
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1978) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1979) Michel Piccoli
Michel Piccoli
(1980) Ugo Tognazzi
Ugo Tognazzi
(1981) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1982) Gian Maria Volontè
Gian Maria Volontè
(1983) Alfredo Landa/ Francisco Rabal
Francisco Rabal
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1985) Michel Blanc/ Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1986) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1987) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(1988) James Spader
James Spader
(1989) Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
(1990) John Turturro
John Turturro
(1991) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(1992) David Thewlis
David Thewlis
(1993) Ge You (1994) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1995) Pascal Duquenne/ Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(1996) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(1997) Peter Mullan
Peter Mullan
(1998) Emmanuel Schotte (1999) Tony Leung Chiu-wai
Tony Leung Chiu-wai
(2000)

2001-present

Benoît Magimel
Benoît Magimel
(2001) Olivier Gourmet
Olivier Gourmet
(2002) Muzaffer Ozdemir/Emin Toprak (2003) Yūya Yagira (2004) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(2005) Jamel Debbouze/Samy Naceri/Roschdy Zem/Sami Bouajila/Bernard Blancan (2006) Konstantin Lavronenko (2007) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Javier Bardem/ Elio Germano
Elio Germano
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
(2011) Mads Mikkelsen
Mads Mikkelsen
(2012) Bruce Dern
Bruce Dern
(2013) Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
(2014) Vincent Lindon
Vincent Lindon
(2015) Shahab Hosseini
Shahab Hosseini
(2016) Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
(2017)

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Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1943) Alexander Knox
Alexander Knox
(1944) Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1945) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1946) Ronald Colman
Ronald Colman
(1947) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1948) Broderick Crawford
Broderick Crawford
(1949) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1950) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1951) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1952) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1953) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1954) Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
(1955) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1957) David Niven
David Niven
(1958) Anthony Franciosa
Anthony Franciosa
(1959) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1960) Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
(1961) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1962) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1963) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1964) Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif
(1965) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1966) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1967) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1968) John Wayne
John Wayne
(1969) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1970) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1971) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1972) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1973) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1974) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1975) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1976) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1978) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1979) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
/ Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1983) F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham
(1984) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1985) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1986) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1987) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1988) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1989) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1990) Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
(1991) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1992) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1993) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Peter Fonda
Peter Fonda
(1997) Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
(1998) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1999) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2000) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(2001) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke
(2008) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
(2013) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2014) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
(2017)

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National Board of Review
National Board of Review
Award for Best Actor

Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1945) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1946) Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
(1947) Walter Huston
Walter Huston
(1948) Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
(1949) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1950) Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
(1951) Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
(1952) James Mason
James Mason
(1953) Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
(1954) Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
(1955) Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner
(1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1957) Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1958) Victor Sjöström
Victor Sjöström
(1959) Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
(1960) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1961) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1962) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1963) Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
(1964) Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
(1965) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1966) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1967) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1968) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1969) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1970) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1971) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1972) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
/ Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan
(1973) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1974) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1975) David Carradine
David Carradine
(1976) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1978) Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
(1979) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Tom Conti
Tom Conti
(1983) Victor Banerjee
Victor Banerjee
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
/ Raúl Juliá
Raúl Juliá
(1985) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1986) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1987) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1988) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(1989) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
/ Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1990) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1991) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1992) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1993) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1996) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1997) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1998) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(1999) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2000) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(2001) Campbell Scott
Campbell Scott
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2007) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2008) George Clooney
George Clooney
/ Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2009) Jesse Eisenberg
Jesse Eisenberg
(2010) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2011) Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper
(2012) Bruce Dern
Bruce Dern
(2013) Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
/ Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac
(2014) Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2017)

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New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor

Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
(1935) Walter Huston
Walter Huston
(1936) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1937) James Cagney
James Cagney
(1938) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1939) Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1940) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(1941) James Cagney
James Cagney
(1942) Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1943) Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald
(1944) Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1945) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1946) William Powell
William Powell
(1947) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1948) Broderick Crawford
Broderick Crawford
(1949) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1950) Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1951) Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
(1952) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1953) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1954) Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
(1955) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(1956) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1957) David Niven
David Niven
(1958) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1959) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1960) Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell
(1961) No award (1962) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1963) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1964) Oskar Werner
Oskar Werner
(1965) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1966) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1967) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(1968) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1969) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1970) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1971) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1972) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1973) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1974) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1975) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1976) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1978) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1979) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1983) Steve Martin
Steve Martin
(1984) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1985) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1986) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1987) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1988) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1989) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1990) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1991) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1992) David Thewlis
David Thewlis
(1993) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Peter Fonda
Peter Fonda
(1997) Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
(1998) Richard Farnsworth
Richard Farnsworth
(1999) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2000) Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
(2001) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2002) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2003) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2004) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(2013) Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
(2014) Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Timothée Chalamet
Timothée Chalamet
(2017)

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Films directed by Ray Milland

A Man Alone (1955) Lisbon (1956) The Safecracker
The Safecracker
(1958) Panic in Year Zero!
Panic in Year Zero!
(1962) Hostile Witness (1968)

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