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John Mills

John Mills

  • Around the World in 80 Days (1956) August 02 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
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Also Known As: Died: April 23, 2005
Born: February 22, 1908 Cause of Death: chest infection
Birth Place: North Elmham, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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Spent childhood in Belton, Suffolk, where his father worked as a school headmaster
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Moved with family to London
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After failing to land a spot with the Norwich City Football Club, worked as a clerk in Ipswich and later a traveling salesman
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Began appearing in amateur theatricals
1929:
London stage debut as a chorus boy in the musical "The Five O'Clock Girl" at London Hippodrome
1929:
Toured India and Asia as a member of the performing troupe, The Quaints, acting in "Journey's End", "Mr. Cinders" and "Hamlet" among other plays
1930:
First character part onstage, Lord Babberly in "Charley's Aunt"
1931:
Acted in Noel Coward's "Cavalcade" in London
1932:
Film acting debut in "The Midshipmaid", opposite Jessie Matthews
1933:
Reteamed with Coward for "Words and Music"
1934:
Signed contract with Gaumont-British
1936:
Portrayed Lord Dudley in the historical drama "Tudor Rose/Nine Days a Queen", opposite teen actress Nova Pilbeam
1939:
Breakthrough stage role as George in "Of Mice and Men"
1939:
Had role as student Peter Colley going off to war in the drama "Goodbye, Mr. Chips", starring Robert Donat; first US film
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Served in WWII as a member of the Royal Engineers; eventually discharged on medical grounds because of an ulcer
1942:
Acted in and co-directed (with Bernard Miles) "Men in Shadow", written by second wife Mary Hayley Bell
1942:
Appeared in "In Which We Serve", co-directed by Noel Coward and David Lean
1944:
Co-starred in "Waterloo Road"
1946:
Reteamed with Lean to play Pip in "Great Expectations"
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Under contract with the Rank Organization
1947:
Directed and starred in the stage play "Angel", also written by Bell
1947:
Starred in the suspense thriller "The October Man"; first onscreen appearance with duaghter Juliet
1948:
Had title role in the biopic "Scott of the Antarctic"
1949:
Producing debut, "The History of Mr. Polly"; also starred
1954:
Reprised role of Lord Babberly in revival of "Charley's Aunt"
1954:
Co-starred as Charles Laughton's son-in-law in "Hobson's Choice", directed by Lean
1956:
American TV debut in production of "The Letter", directed by William Wyler
1956:
Played a cab driver in "Around the World in 80 Days"
1957:
Formed John Mills Productions Ltd
1959:
Appeared with daughter Hayley in "Tiger Bay"
1960:
Offered one of his best performances as a British officer bent on restoring order to a regiment in "Tunes of Glory", co-starring Alec Guinness
1961:
Made Broadway debut in title role of "Ross", based on the life of T E Lawrence; received a Tony Award nomination
1966:
Feature directorial debut, "Sky West and Crooked/Gypsy Girl", starring daughter Hayley and co-written by wife Mary Hayley Bell
1966:
Acted with daughter Hayley in Roy Boulting's "The Family Way"
1967:
Starred in the CBS series "Dundee and the Culhane"
1970:
Earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar playing the village idiot in "Ryan's Daughter", directed by David Lean
1971:
Made guest appearance on "Nanny and the Professor", starring daughter Juliet
1972:
Essayed role of General Kitchener in "Young Winston"
1973:
Portrayed Faye Dunaway's father in the drama "Oklahoma Crude"
1975:
Co-starred with Lilli Palmer and Barry Morse in the NBC series "The Zoo Gang"
1977:
Headlined London revival of Terrence Rattigan's "Separate Tables"
1978:
Acted in the remake of "The 39 Steps"
1979:
Starred in the four-part British TV series "Quartermass"; episodes were re-edited and released theatrically under the title "The Quartermass Conclusion"
1982:
Portrayed the viceroy in Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi"
1984:
Had featured role as Henry Rossiter, advisor to Emma Harte (Jenny Seagrove and Deborah Kerr) in the syndicated miniseries "A Woman of Substance"
1986:
Reprised role of Henry Rossiter in the syndicated sequel "Hold That Dream"
1986:
Starred in the stage production "The Petition"
1987:
Last Broadway role, co-starring in revival of "Pygmalion"
1987:
Supported Madonna in the comedy "Who's That Girl"
1989:
Acted in the NBC miniseries version of "Around the World in 80 Days"
1989:
Co-starred in the multi-part adaptation of "A Tale of Two Cities" (PBS)
1993:
Co-starred in the British TV-movie "Ending Up"; aired in USA on PBS (filmed in 1989)
1994:
Portrayed Old Chuffey in the British miniseries "Charles Dickens' 'Martin Chuzzlewit'" (aired on PBS in 1995 in the USA)
1996:
Made cameo appearance as Old Norway in Kenneth Branagh's full-length feture version of "Hamlet"
1997:
Appeared as the Chairman in the comedy "Bean"
1998:
Played Gus the Theatre Cat in the direct-to-video release "Cats", adapted from the successful Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical; production also aired on PBS stations in USA

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