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John Mills (I) (1908–2005)

Sir John Mills, one of the most popular and beloved English actors, was born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills on February 22, 1908, at the Watts Naval Training College in North Elmham, Norfolk, England. The young Mills grew up in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where his father was a mathematics teacher and his mother was a theater box-office manager. The ... See full bio »

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 2005 Lights2 (Short)
A Tramp
 2003 Bright Young Things
 2001 The Gentleman Thief (TV Movie)
Arthur Rosehip
 1998 Great Performances (TV Series)
Gus the Theatrical Cat
- Cats (1998) ... Gus the Theatrical Cat
 1997 Bean
Chairman (as Sir John Mills)
 1996 Hamlet
Old Norway
 1995 Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets
Sir Edward Cleghorn
 1994 Martin Chuzzlewit (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Chuffey
- Episode Six (1994) ... Mr. Chuffey
- Episode Three (1994) ... Mr. Chuffey
- Episode Two (1994) ... Mr. Chuffey
 1993 Harnessing Peacocks (TV Movie)
Bernard Quigley
 1993 The Big Freeze (TV Movie)
Dapper Man
 1992 Frankenstein (TV Movie)
De Lacey
 1992 Perfect Scoundrels (TV Series)
- Party Games (1992) ... Praeger
 1990 Night of the Fox (TV Movie)
Brig. Dougal Munro
 1989 Ending Up (TV Movie)
 1989 A Tale of Two Cities (TV Mini-Series)
Jarvis Lorry
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Jarvis Lorry
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Jarvis Lorry
 1989 Around the World in 80 Days (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Faversham (as Sir John Mills)
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Faversham (as Sir John Mills)
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Faversham (as Sir John Mills)
 1989 The Lady and the Highwayman (TV Movie)
Sir Lawrence Dobson
 1988 The True Story of Spit MacPhee (TV Mini-Series)
Fyfe MacPhee
 1987 Who's That Girl
Montgomery Bell (as Sir John Mills)
 1986 Hold the Dream (TV Movie)
Henry Rossiter
 1986 When the Wind Blows
Jim (voice)
 1986 Hotel (TV Series)
Charles Canfield
- Changes of Heart (1986) ... Charles Canfield (as Sir John Mills)
 1985 Edge of the Wind (TV Movie)
Major General Blair
 1985 A Woman of Substance (TV Mini-Series)
Henry Rossiter
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Henry Rossiter (credit only)
 1983 Sahara
 1982 Gandhi
The Viceroy
 1980-1982 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Sam Morrissey / The Man / William Perkins
- Operation Safecrack (1982) ... Sam Morrissey
- The Umbrella Man (1980) ... The Man
- Galloping Foxley (1980) ... William Perkins
 1979 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Bertram MacDonald
 1978 The Thirty-Nine Steps
 1978 Dr. Strange (TV Movie)
Thomas Lindmer
 1977 The Devil's Advocate
Monsignor Blaise Meredith (as Sir John Mills)
 1976 A Dirty Knight's Work
Colonel Bertie Cook
 1975 The 'Human' Factor
Mike McAllister
 1973 Oklahoma Crude
 1972 Lady Caroline Lamb
 1971 Dulcima
Mr. Parker
 1971 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Uncle Alfred
- The Human Fly (1971) ... Uncle Alfred
 1970 Adam's Woman
Sir Philip MacDonald
 1969 Run Wild, Run Free
The Moorman
 1968 A Black Veil for Lisa
Inspector Franz Bulon
 1967 Dundee and the Culhane (TV Series)
- The Catch a Thief Brief (1967) ... Dundee
- The Widow's Weeds Brief (1967) ... Dundee
- The Thy Brother's Keeper Brief (1967) ... Dundee
- The Death of a Warrior Brief (1967) ... Dundee
- The 3:10 to a Lynching Brief (1967) ... Dundee
 1967 Chuka
Colonel Stuart Valois
 1966 The Wrong Box
Masterman Finsbury
 1965 The Truth About Spring
Tommy Tyler
 1965 Operation Crossbow
Gen. Boyd
 1964 The Chalk Garden
 1962-1964 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Davies / Inspector Fallon
- The Hell Walkers (1964) ... Davies
- The Interrogator (1962) ... Inspector Fallon
 1962 Tiara Tahiti
Lt. Col. Clifford Southey
 1962 The Valiant
Captain Morgan
 1961 Flame in the Streets
Jacko Palmer
 1961 The Parent Trap
Mitch Evers' Golf Caddy (uncredited)
 1961 The Singer Not the Song
Father Michael Keogh
 1960 Tunes of Glory
Lt. Col. Basil Barrow
 1959 Season of Passion
 1959 Tiger Bay
Superintendent Graham
 1958 Hell, Heaven or Hoboken
Major Harvey
 1958 Ice Cold in Alex
Captain Anson
 1958 Dunkirk
 1957 Town on Trial
Supt. Mike Halloran
 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
London Carriage Driver
 1956 The Baby and the Battleship
Puncher Roberts
 1955 Escapade
John Hampden
 1955 Above Us the Waves
Cmdr. Fraser
 1953 The Long Memory
Phillip Davidson
 1951 Mr. Denning Drives North
Tom Denning
 1950 Operation Disaster
Lt. Cmdr. Armstrong
 1945 Waterloo Road
Jim Colter
 1944 Information Please (Short)
British Flyer (uncredited)
 1944 Victory Wedding (Short)
Private Bill Clark
 1943 We Dive at Dawn
Captain - Lt. Taylor, R.N.
 1943/II The Sky's the Limit (Short)
 1942 In Which We Serve
Ordinary Seaman Blake / Shorty Blake
 1942 The Big Blockade
Royal Air Force: Tom
 1941 Old Bill and Son
Young Bill Busby
 1940 All Hands (Short)
 1939 Happy Family (Short)
 1937 You're in the Army Now
Cpl. Bert Dawson
 1936 The First Offence
Johnnie Penrose
 1935 Charing Cross Road
 1935 Regal Cavalcade
Young Enlistee
 1934 The Doctor's Secret
Ronnie Blake
 1934 The Lash
Arthur Haughton
 1934 The River Wolves
Peter Farrell
 1934 A Political Party
Tony Smithers
 1934 Blind Justice
Ralph Summers
 1933 Britannia of Billingsgate
Fred Bolton
 1932 Midshipmaid Gob
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Other Works:

Anon. "Inside Filmland - life with the stars". London: L T A Robinson, 1950. Mills, John et al. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 6 Interviews | 59 Articles | 11 Pictorials | 25 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Johnny Mills | Sir John Mills


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[after receiving a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the "village idiot" in Ryan's Daughter (1970)] I was speechless for a year in Ireland, and I'm speechless again now! See more »


He was voted ninth in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of greatest British actors. See more »



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