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Also Known As: Died: January 8, 1989
Born: July 2, 1932 Cause of Death: liver disease
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, department store manager, department store floor superintendent

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This craggy-faced, rotund supporting player, often in brutal or overbearing roles was memorable as the bullying, racist fire chief in "Ragtime" (1981), and as costume shop boss to Valerie Harper on the TV series "Rhoda" (CBS, 1977-1978). Kenneth McMillan was nearly 30 when he won his first important theatre role. Born in Brooklyn, he had earned his high school diploma from the High School for the Performing Arts, but was unable to find work as an actor after graduation. He studied with Uta Hagen at the HB Studios while working -- and being promoted -- at Gimbel's department store in New York. He was managing three floors at the Herald Square Store when he auditioned for and won a role in a play in 1960. Two years later, he toured with "Sweet Bird of Youth" and thereafter made his living as an actor. On Broadway, McMillan was Donny the junk shop owner in "American Buffalo" (1977), and a frequent player for Joseph Papp at the American Shakespeare Festival, particularly memorable as Falstaff in "Henry IV Part I" (1981).

This craggy-faced, rotund supporting player, often in brutal or overbearing roles was memorable as the bullying, racist fire chief in "Ragtime" (1981), and as costume shop boss to Valerie Harper on the TV series "Rhoda" (CBS, 1977-1978). Kenneth McMillan was nearly 30 when he won his first important theatre role. Born in Brooklyn, he had earned his high school diploma from the High School for the Performing Arts, but was unable to find work as an actor after graduation. He studied with Uta Hagen at the HB Studios while working -- and being promoted -- at Gimbel's department store in New York. He was managing three floors at the Herald Square Store when he auditioned for and won a role in a play in 1960. Two years later, he toured with "Sweet Bird of Youth" and thereafter made his living as an actor. On Broadway, McMillan was Donny the junk shop owner in "American Buffalo" (1977), and a frequent player for Joseph Papp at the American Shakespeare Festival, particularly memorable as Falstaff in "Henry IV Part I" (1981).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Three Fugitives (1989) Horvath
2.
 Malone (1987) Hawkins
3.
 Armed And Dangerous (1986) Clarence O'Connell
4.
 Acceptable Risks (1986) Wes Boggs
5.
 Stephen King's Cat's Eye (1985) Cressner
6.
 Runaway Train (1985) Eddie Macdonald
7.
 When She Says No (1984) Mr Michaels
8.
 Dune (1984) Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
9.
10.
 Reckless (1984) John Rourke Sr
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1962:
Stage acting debut in touring company of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth"
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Had regular role on the CBS soap "Love of Life"
1972:
Broadway debut in the Tony-winning play "Borstal Boy"
1973:
Feature debut, "Serpico"
1977:
Co-starred in David Mamet's "American Buffalo"
1977:
Co-starred on the CBS sitcom "Rhoda"
1981:
Had featured role as the bigoted fire chief in Milos Forman's "Ragtime"
1981:
Played Falstaff in New York Shaekespeare Festival production of "Henry IV, Part I"
1984:
Had regular role on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs"
:
Starred in the ABC drama "Our Family Honor"
1988:
Last TV appearance the NBC miniseries "Favorite Son"
1989:
Final film appearance in "Three Fugitives"
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Education

The School of Performing Arts: New York , New York -
HB Studios: New York , New York -

Notes

"His tough looks belied the underlying humanity he brought to all his acting." --Joseph Papp

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wife:
Kathryn McDonald. Married on June 20, 1969.

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father:
Harry McMillan. Truck driver.
mother:
Margaret McMillan.
daughter:
Alison McMillan.

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