Martin Milner


Actor
Martin Milner

About

Also Known As
Marty Milner
Birth Place
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Born
December 28, 1931
Died
September 06, 2015

Biography

Born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Seattle, Washington, Martin Milner was a film and television actor best known for his roles in the popular TV series "Adam-12" (NBC 1968-1975) and "Route 66" (CBS 1960-64). Milner's parents, who both worked in the film industry, encouraged his acting ambitions from a young age. After relocating to Los Angeles when he was 14, Milner began taking ac...

Biography

Born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Seattle, Washington, Martin Milner was a film and television actor best known for his roles in the popular TV series "Adam-12" (NBC 1968-1975) and "Route 66" (CBS 1960-64). Milner's parents, who both worked in the film industry, encouraged his acting ambitions from a young age. After relocating to Los Angeles when he was 14, Milner began taking acting lessons and made his film debut in the drama "Life With Father" (1947). After he graduated from high school, he appeared in such films as "Sands of Iwo Jima" (1949) and "Our Very Own" (1950), and in 1950 he landed a recurring role on the comedy series "The Stu Erwin Show" (ABC 1950-55) while also working on the radio serial "Dragnet." In 1952 he was drafted into the United States Army and he spent his time entertaining soldiers and directing military films. Upon leaving the Army, Milner landed roles in numerous films and TV series, including "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" (1957) and the TV version of "Dragnet" (NBC 1951-59). In 1960 he landed a high-profile role in the series "Route 66," in which he and co-star George Maharis drove around the country in a Corvette, getting into adventures along the way. Milner next appeared in such TV series as "Felony Squad" (ABC 1966-69) and "Run For Your Life" (NBC 1965-68). In 1968 he was cast as Officer Pete Malloy in the police drama "Adam-12," a procedural produced by "Dragnet" creator Jack Webb. After leaving the show in 1975, Milner landed his final lead role as Karl Robinson in the family adventure series "Swiss Family Robinson" (ABC 1975-76). He also appeared in numerous TV guest roles until his retirement in the late 1990s. Martin Milner died at his home in Carlsbad, California on September 6, 2015. He was 83.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Nashville Beat (1989)
The Ordeal of Bill Carney (1981)
Crisis in Mid-Air (1979)
Little Mo (1978)
SST -- Death Flight (1977)
Flood! (1976)
Paul Blake
The Swiss Family Robinson (1975)
Hurricane (1974)
Runaway! (1973)
John Shedd
Emergency! (1972)
Officer Pete Malloy
Ski Fever (1969)
Brian Davis
Three Guns for Texas (1968)
MacMillan
Sullivan's Empire (1967)
John Sullivan, Jr.
Valley of the Dolls (1967)
Mel Anderson
Zebra in the Kitchen (1965)
Dr. Del Hartwood
The Private Lives of Adam & Eve (1961)
Ad Simms/Adam
13 Ghosts (1960)
Ben Rush
Sex Kittens Go to College (1960)
George Barton
Compulsion (1959)
Sid Brooks
Too Much, Too Soon (1958)
Lincoln Forrester
Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
Wally Wronken
Man Afraid (1957)
Shep Hamilton
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
James Earp
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Steve Dallas
Screaming Eagles (1956)
Pvt. Corliss
On the Threshold of Space (1956)
Lt. Morton Glenn
Pillars of the Sky (1956)
Waco
Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)
Joey Firestone
Mister Roberts (1955)
Shore patrol officer
Francis in the Navy (1955)
Rick
The Long Gray Line (1955)
Jim O'Carberry
Last of the Comanches (1953)
Billy Creel
Destination Gobi (1953)
Elwood Halsey
Battle Zone (1952)
[Corp.] Andy [Sayer]
My Wife's Best Friend (1952)
Buddy Chamberlain
Springfield Rifle (1952)
Olie Larsen
The Captive City (1952)
Phil Harding
Belles on Their Toes (1952)
Al Lynch
I Want You (1951)
George Kress, Jr.
Fighting Coast Guard (1951)
Al Prescott
Halls of Montezuma (1951)
[Pvt.] Whitney
Operation Pacific (1951)
Caldwell
Our Very Own (1950)
Bert
Louisa (1950)
Bob Stewart
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
Pvt. Mike McHugh
The Wreck of the Hesperus (1948)
Nathaniel
Life with Father (1947)
John [Day]

Producer (Feature Film)

Sex Kittens Go to College (1960)
Associate Producer

Cast (Special)

Jack Webb (2000)
The Rowan and Martin Special (1973)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Last Convertible (1979)
The Seekers (1979)

Life Events

1947

Made film debut in "Life with Father"

1949

Appeared in World War II drama "Sands of Iwo Jima"

1952

Appeared on police procedural drama "Dragnet" after having briefly played Sgt. Joe Friday's partner Bill Lockwood on the radio version of the series

1960

Starred as Tod Stiles on CBS drama "Route 66"

1968

Starred as Officer Pete Malloy on NBC procedural drama "Adam-12"

1975

Starred as Karl Robinson on ABC drama "Swiss Family Robinson"

Photo Collections

The Long Gray Line - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Long Gray Line - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Videos

Movie Clip

Operation Pacific (1951) - The Entire Silent Service Opening with foreword, as John Wayne is Navy commander “Duke” Gifford, on shore rescuing children and nuns from a Pacific island, Martin Milner, Jack Pennick among his submarine crew, in Operation Pacific, 1951, co-starring Patricia Neal.
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) - Open, Go With The Globe The rousing New York opening credit sequence to Sweet Smell of Success, 1957, introducing Tony Curtis as press agent Sidney Falco, and indirectly, Burt Lancaster as columnist J.J. Hunsecker, directed by Alexander MacKendrick.
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) - Match Me, Sidney Calling from the lobby at 21 Club, press agent Sidney (Tony Curtis) begs monster columnist J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster, his first scene) for an audience at his table, joining a senator, his consort and an agent (William Forrest, Autumn Russel, Jay Adler), in Sweet Smell Of Success, 1957, from Ernest Lehman's novella and screenplay co-written with Clifford Odets.
Valley Of The Dolls (1967) - All Cats Are Gray New Manhattan pals, singer Neely (Patty Duke) and agency secretary Anne (Barbara Parkins), with showbiz boyfriends (Martin Milner, Paul Burke), catch singer Tony (Scotti), managed by his sister (Lee Grant) and diverted by their low-talent knockout friend Jennifer (Sharon Tate), in Valley Of The Dolls, 1967.
Sex Kittens Go To College (1960) - When I Blast Off The P-R man (Martin Milner), the dean (Pamela Mason), the professor (Louis Nye) and the dumb jock (Woo Woo Grabowski) mistake a bra seller (Babe London) for the new professor, who of course is really Mamie Van Doren, early in Sex Kittens Go To College, 1960.
Sex Kittens Go To College (1960) - I Don't Kiss Girls Very young Tuesday Weld is the very precocious co-ed Jody, who is determined to get the attention of too-dumb-for-sex jock Woo Woo Grabowski (The hot-rod designer and occasional actor, who always used his own name), in the Mamie Van Doren feature Sex Kittens Go To College, 1960.
Life With Father (1947) -- When We Get To Heaven The scene introducing 1880's New Yorker Clarence Day (William Powell), with wife Vinnie (Irene Dunne), sons Clarence, Harlan, Whitney and John (Jimmy Lydon, Derek Scott, Johnny Calkins, Martin Milner), and maid Annie (Heather Wilde), in Life With Father, 1947, directed by Michael Curtiz.
13 Ghosts - Opening Credits The unorthodox opening credit sequence for producer/director William Castle's 1960 family-oriented thriller 13 Ghosts.
13 Ghosts - Ouija Board Ben (Martin Milner) joins the Zorba family (Donald Woods, Rosemary DeCamp, Jo Morrow and Charles Herbert) in an unsettling Ouija board experiment in director William Castle's 13 Ghosts, 1960.
Life With Father - Do You Ever Do Duets? Vinnie (Irene Dunne) greets cousin Cora (ZaSuPitts) and friend Mary (Elizabeth Taylor), then introduces sons John (Martin Milner) and Clarence Jr. (James Lydon), in Life With Father, 1947.
Our Very Own (1950) - Perjuring Myself! The gang's all here as Gail (Ann Blyth) greets Dad (Donald Cook) who finds Penny (Natalie Wood) "helping" Frank (Gus Schilling) install the T-V, and so forth, in Our Very Own, 1950.
Sands Of Iwo Jima - Pull Pins! At grenade practice between battles, Martin Milner is the new Marine, and starry-eyed Conway (John Agar) is reading a letter when Sergeant Stryker (John Wayne) saves the day, in Sands Of Iwo Jima, 1949.

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