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Reggie Miller Profile

Reginald Wayne "Reggie" Miller, this month's TCM Guest Programmer, is currently known as an outspoken commentator on National Basketball Association games for Turner Sports on TNT. Before that Miller was an outstanding star of the NBA, enjoying an 18-year-career with the Indiana Pacers. Especially celebrated for his precision shooting, notably against the New York Knicks, Miller held the career record for most three-point field goals at the time of his retirement.

A gold-medal winner in the 1996 Summer Olympics, he also led the league in free-throw accuracy five times. The Pacers retired his No. 31 in 2006. Miller was named to the Pacers' 40th anniversary team in 2007, and in 2012 was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Miller was born one of five siblings in Riverside, Calif. His brother Darrell is a former Major League baseball catcher; his sister Tammy was a volleyball player at California State University, Fullerton; and his older sister Cheryl is a Hall of Fame women's basketball player and a member of the 1984 gold-medal winning Olympic basketball team.

Reggie Miller earned a degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he helped the UCLA Bruins to an NIT championship in the 1984-85 season and a Pacific-10 championship in 1986-87. After joining the Pacers, Miller became a household name during the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals against the Knicks, when he scored 39 points in their 93-86 victory over the Knicks. He continued to perform in spectacular fashion until his retirement in 2005.

Fellow NBA player and coach Mark Jackson said of Miller: "Along with Michael Jordan, I believe he's the greatest clutch player we have ever seen. He is a true professional with unbelievable heart, desire and dedication...a true blessing, not just to Indiana basketball, but to basketball throughout the world."

When it comes to choosing films to co-host with Robert Osborne, Miller goes for compelling themes and strong performances. Of Strangers on a Train (1951), starring Robert Walker and Farley Granger, he comments that "Everyone loves a good Hitchcock thriller; it's all about the 'whodunit' when you're watching this film."

Interestingly, Miller's other three films all come from 1967. In Cool Hand Luke he "loved how Paul Newman's character could never be broken; no matter what he faced, he never was defeated." Referring to The Graduate he asks, "Who hasn't fallen in love with an older woman?" and notes that this was "the breakout performance for a young Dustin Hoffman." He finds Guess Who's Coming to Dinner a "socially progressive movie for its time," with "each and every character relationship complex and interesting."

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