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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 18 July 1913St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 8 February 1985Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameMarvin Elliott Mueller
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Beginning in radio in St. Louis, Miller used his rich baritone voice to forge a successful career in that medium as well as in movies, on television, on stage, and as a recording artist. He is probably best remembered for his role as Michael Anthony, the man who passed out a weekly check, on the TV series The Millionaire (1955). He also won Grammy Awards in 1965 and 1966 for his recordings of stories by Dr. Seuss.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: <mehlhaff@rapidnet.com>

After graduating from high school in St. Louis, Marvin attended St. Louis' Washington U. where he was a member of the dramatic and and musical comedy groups. He played in the band, edited the school newspaper, and started his professional career in radio, making his debut in his freshman year. Without previous training, Marvin applied for a job at a local radio station but was turned down. Undeterred, he returned a few days later to audition as a character actor. He played all the parts in a sketch he had written including an Englishman, a Frenchman, an Italian, an American gangster, and a straight man. This time he was hired as a summer replacement. After graduation, he moved to Chicago where he soon became a leading announcer and actor. Before leaving for Hollywood in 1944 he was appearing on an average of 45 broadcasts a week. Variety dubbed him "Chicago's one-man radio industry. His second day in town he started with two major programs and within a week added the Frank Sinatra show. Appearing in dozens of movies, he was also signed as announcer on a number of shows including the "Louella Parson Show" , "The Whistler", "The Jo Stafford Show", "The Billy Burke Show", "Lassie", "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet", "Father Knows Best" and many others. As television loomed he signed as the star in "Mysteries in Chinatown" for 39 episodes. Miller narrated innumerable films including "My Country Tis of Thee" which was nominated for an Academy Award and the award-winning cartoon "Gerald McBoing-Boing". Miller had over two dozen hobbies including woodworking, collecting menus, bookbinding, painting, photography, and collecting rare phonograph recordings. He also recorded the entire Holy Bible on record, the first time that had ever been done. It contained more than a million words, and took a week and a half to play.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Hafker

Spouse (1)

Elizabeth Florence Dawson (1937 - 1965) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (2)

At the height of The Millionaire (1955)'s popularity, Miller would hand out, in lieu of a conventional autograph, a check for "One million dollars ... worth of good luck," made out to the person who made the request.
2 children - Tony and Melissa.

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