John Mills (I) (1908–2005)

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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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Known For

The Family Way Ezra Fitton
Swiss Family Robinson Father Robinson
Ryan's Daughter Michael


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 2005 Lights2 (Short)
A Tramp
 2003 Bright Young Things
 2001 The Gentleman Thief (TV Movie)
Arthur Rosehip
 1998 Cats
Gus the Theatre 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
 1994 Deadly Advice
Jack the Ripper
 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)
 1988 The Lady and the Highwayman (TV Movie)
Sir Lawrence Dobson
 1988 The True Story of Spit MacPhee (TV Mini Series)
Fyfe MacPhee
- Episode #1.4 (1988) ... Fyfe MacPhee
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Fyfe MacPhee
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Fyfe MacPhee
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Fyfe MacPhee
 1987 Who's That Girl
Montgomery Bell (as Sir John Mills)
 1987 Hold the Dream (TV Mini Series)
Henry Rossiter
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... 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 Murder with Mirrors (TV Movie)
Lewis Serrocold
 1985 A Woman of Substance (TV Mini Series)
Henry Rossiter
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Henry Rossiter
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Henry Rossiter (credit only)
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Henry Rossiter
 1984 Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (TV Movie)
Doctor Watson
 1983 Sahara
 1982 Gandhi
The Viceroy
 1980-1982 Young at Heart (TV Series)
Albert Collyer
- On the Move (1982) ... Albert Collyer
- Food, Glorious Food (1982) ... Albert Collyer
- All Good Things Come to an End (1982) ... Albert Collyer
- Wish You Were Here (1982) ... Albert Collyer
- All's Well That Ends Well (1982) ... Albert Collyer
 1982 The Adventures of Little Lord Fauntleroy (TV Movie)
The Earl of Dorincourt
 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 Quatermass (TV Mini Series)
Prof. Bernard Quatermass
- An Endangered Species (1979) ... Prof. Bernard Quatermass
- What Lies Beneath (1979) ... Prof. Bernard Quatermass
- Lovely Lightning (1979) ... Prof. Bernard Quatermass
- Ringstone Round (1979) ... Prof. Bernard Quatermass
 1979 The Quatermass Conclusion
Prof. Bernard Quatermass
 1979 Zulu Dawn
Sir Henry Bartle Frere
 1979 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Bertram MacDonald
 1978 The Thirty Nine Steps
 1978 Dr. Strange (TV Movie)
 1978 The Big Sleep
Inspector Carson
 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
 1974 The Zoo Gang (TV Series)
Thomas 'The Elephant' Devon
- The Twisted Cross (1974) ... Thomas 'The Elephant' Devon
- The Counterfeit Trap (1974) ... Thomas 'The Elephant' Devon
- The Lion Hunt (1974) ... Thomas 'The Elephant' Devon
- African Misfire (1974) ... Thomas 'The Elephant' Devon
- Mindless Murder (1974) ... Thomas 'The Elephant' Devon
 1973 Oklahoma Crude
 1972 Lady Caroline Lamb
 1972 Young Winston
General Kitchener
 1971 Dulcima
Mr. Parker
 1971 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Uncle Alfred
- The Human Fly (1971) ... Uncle Alfred
 1970 Ryan's Daughter
 1970 Adam's Woman
Sir Philip MacDonald
 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig
 1969 Run Wild, Run Free
The Moorman
 1968 Emma Hamilton
Lord William Hamilton
 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
Col. Stuart Valois
 1967 Africa: Texas Style
Wing Commander Hayes
 1966 The Family Way
Ezra Fitton
 1966 The Wrong Box
Masterman Finsbury
 1965 King Rat
 1965 Operation Crossbow
General Boyd
 1965 The Truth About Spring
Tommy Tyler
 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
Capt. Morgan
 1961 Flame in the Streets
Jacko Palmer
 1961 The Parent Trap
Golf Caddy (uncredited)
 1961 The Singer Not the Song
Father Michael Keogh
 1960 Swiss Family Robinson
Father Robinson
 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
Corporal 'Tubby' Binns
 1957 The Circle
Dr. Howard Latimer
 1957 Town on Trial
Supt. Mike Halloran
 1956 It's Great to Be Young!
 1956 Around the World in 80 Days
London Carriage Driver
 1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Robert Crosbie
- The Letter (1956) ... Robert Crosbie
 1956 War and Peace
Platon Karataev
 1956 The Baby and the Battleship
Puncher Roberts
 1955 Escapade
John Hampden
 1955 Above Us the Waves
Cmdr. Fraser
 1955 The End of the Affair
Albert Parkis
 1955 The Colditz Story
Pat Reid
 1954 Hobson's Choice
William Mossop
 1953 The Long Memory
Phillip Davidson
 1952 The Gentle Gunman
Terence Sullivan
 1951 Mr. Denning Drives North
Tom Denning
 1950 Operation Disaster
Lieut. Commander Armstrong
 1949 The Rocking Horse Winner
 1949 The History of Mr. Polly
Alfred Polly
 1948 Scott of the Antarctic
Captain R.F. Scott R.N.
 1947 The October Man
Jim Ackland
 1947 So Well Remembered
George Boswell
 1946 Great Expectations
 1946 Morning Departure (TV Movie)
 1945 Johnny in the Clouds
Peter Penrose
 1945 Waterloo Road
Jim Colter
 1944 Information Please (Short)
British Flyer (uncredited)
 1944 Victory Wedding (Short)
Private Bill Clark
 1944 This Happy Breed
Billy Mitchell
 1943/II The Sky's the Limit (Short)
 1943 We Dive at Dawn
Captain - Lt. Taylor, R.N.
 1942 The Young Mr. Pitt
William Wilberforce
 1942 In Which We Serve
Ordinary Seaman Shorty Blake
 1942 The Big Blockade
Royal Air Force: Tom
 1942 Black Sheep of Whitehall
Bobby Jessop
 1941 Bombsight Stolen
Flt·Lieut. Perry
 1941 Old Bill and Son
Young Bill Busby
 1940 All Hands (Short)
 1939 Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Peter Colley (as a Young Man)
 1937 The Green Cockatoo
Jim Connor
 1937 You're in the Army Now
Cpl. Bert Dawson
 1936 Nine Days a Queen
Lord Guilford Dudley
 1936 The First Offence
Johnnie Penrose
 1935 Charing Cross Road
 1935 Car of Dreams
Robert Miller
 1935 Born for Glory
Albert Brown
 1934 The Doctor's Secret
Ronnie Blake
 1934 Blind Justice
Ralph Summers
 1934 The Lash
Arthur Haughton
 1934 Those Were the Days
Bobby Poskett
 1934 The River Wolves
Peter Farrell
 1934 A Political Party
Tony Smithers
 1933 The Ghost Camera
Ernest Elton
 1933 Britannia of Billingsgate
Fred Bolton
 1932 Midshipmaid Gob
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Night Dream", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, with Harry Andrews, Edward Chapman, Robert Helpmann and Dorothy Hyson in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

John Mills C.B.E. | Johnny Mills | Sir John Mills


5' 7" (1.7 m)


Mary Hayley Bell  (his death)  (3 children) | See more »


Juliet Mills


Lewis Mills | Edith Mills


Susie Blake (aunt or uncle)

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Personal Quote:

[referring to his Oscar-winning role as a brain-damaged mute in Ryan's Daughter (1970)] It was weird. I just thought I'd been wasting my time for the past 55 years learning all these millions of lines, and then getting an Oscar for not speaking. See more »


Although several obituaries and news reports of his death quote a trustee of his estate, saying Mills had "been ill for about a month with a chest infection", this does not necessarily indicate this as the actual cause of his death. Some other reports simply say he died following a "short" or "brief illness". However, his 2009 entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (which cites his ... See more »



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