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Milton Sills (1882–1930)

American leading man of silent pictures. Born into affluence in Chicago, he attended the University of Chicago on scholarship and remained there as a professor of psychology and philosophy. A chance visit to the school by actor- manager Donald Robertson led to Sills abandoning his career and joining Robertson's stock company as an actor in 1905. ... See full bio »

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The Sea Hawk Sir Oliver Tressilian
Burning Daylight Elam 'Burning Daylight' Harnish
The Hawk's Nest The Hawk / John Finchley
The Sea Wolf 'Wolf' Larsen


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 1930 The Sea Wolf
'Wolf' Larsen
 1930 Man Trouble
 1929 Love and the Devil
Lord Dryan
 1929 His Captive Woman
Officer Thomas McCarthy
 1928 The Barker
Nifty Miller
 1928 The Crash
Jim Flannagan
 1928 The Hawk's Nest
The Hawk / John Finchley
 1928 Burning Daylight
Elam 'Burning Daylight' Harnish
 1927 The Valley of the Giants
Bryce Cardigan
 1927 Hard-Boiled Haggerty
Hard-Boiled Haggerty
 1927 Framed
Etienne Hilaire
 1927 The Sea Tiger
Justin Ramos
 1926 The Silent Lover
Count Pierre Tornal
 1926 Paradise
 1926 Men of Steel
Jan Bokak
 1926 Puppets
 1925 The Unguarded Hour
 1925 The Knockout
Sandy Donlin
 1925 The Making of O'Malley
 1925 I Want My Man
Gulian Eyre
 1925 As Man Desires
Major John Craig
 1924 Madonna of the Streets
Reverend John Morton
 1924 Single Wives
Perry Jordan
 1924 The Sea Hawk
Sir Oliver Tressilian
 1924 Flowing Gold
Calvin Gray
 1924 The Heart Bandit
John Rand
 1924 A Lady of Quality
Gerald Mertoun, Duke of Osmonde
 1923 Flaming Youth
Cary Scott
 1923 Why Women Remarry
Dan Hannon
 1923 Adam's Rib
Michael Ramsay
 1923 The Spoilers
Roy Glennister
 1923 Legally Dead
Will Campbell / George Brown
 1923 The Isle of Lost Ships
Frank Howard
 1923 What a Wife Learned
Rudolph Martin
 1923 The Last Hour
Steve Cline
 1922 The Marriage Chance
William Bradley
 1922 Environment
Steve MacLaren
 1922 The Forgotten Law
Richard Jarnette
 1922 Skin Deep
Bud Doyle
 1922 Burning Sands
Daniel Lane
 1922 Borderland
James Wayne
 1922 The Woman Who Walked Alone
Clement Gaunt
 1922 One Clear Call
Dr. Alan Hamilton
 1921 Miss Lulu Bett
Neil Cornish
 1921 The Great Moment
Bayard Delaval
 1921 Salvage
Fred Martin
 1921 The Little Fool
 1921 The Faith Healer
 1920 The Furnace
Keene Mordaunt
 1920 Sweet Lavender
Horace Weather Burn
 1920 Behold My Wife
Frank Armour
 1920 The Week-End
Arthur Tavenor
 1920 Dangerous to Men
Sandy Verrall
 1920 The Inferior Sex
Knox Randall
 1920 The Street Called Straight
Peter Devenant
 1919 What Every Woman Learns
Walter Melrose
 1919 Eyes of Youth
Louis Anthony
 1919 The Fear Woman
Robert Craig
 1919 The Woman Thou Gavest Me
 1919 The Hushed Hour
Luke Appleton
 1919 The Stronger Vow
Juan Estudillo
 1919 Satan Junior
Paul Worden
 1919 Shadows
Judson Barnes
 1918 The Hell Cat
Sheriff Jack Webb
 1918 The Bonds That Tie (Short)
 1918 The Savage Woman
Jean Lerier
 1918 The Claw
Major Anthony Kinsella
 1918 The Yellow Ticket
Julian Rolfe
 1918 The Mysterious Client
Harry Nelson
 1918 The Reason Why
Lord Tancred
 1918 The Struggle Everlasting
Mind, aka Bruce
 1918 The Other Woman
Mr. Harrington
 1917 Diamonds and Pearls
RobertVan Ellstrom
 1917 The Fringe of Society
Martin Drake
 1917 Married in Name Only
Robert Worthing
 1917 Souls Adrift
Micah Steele
 1917 The Honor System
Joseph Stanton
 1917 Patria
Capt. Donald Parr
 1915 The Rack
Tom Gordon
 1915 The Woman Who Lied (Short)
Jack Stanley
 1915 Under Southern Skies
Burleigh Mavor
 1915 The Taming of Mary (Short)
Harry Benton
 1915 The Arrival of Perpetua
Thaddeus Curzon
 1915 The Deep Purple
William Lake
 1914 The Pit
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Diplomacy" on Broadway (revival). Written by Victorien Sardou. Translated by George Pleydell Bancroft. Maxine Elliott's Theatre: 13 Sep 1910-Oct 1910 (closing date unknown/33 performances). Cast: Marion Ballou, Leslie Barrett, Thurlow Bergen, Fred Esmelton, C.E. Harris, Chrystal Herne, Mrs. Le Moyne, Effingham Pinto... See more »

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6' 1" (1.85 m)

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His principal heir was his nephew, Frederick (Fritz) Sills, who went on to become a world-famous body-builder. Fritz was lured to Hollywood in the 1960s where he was offered the starring role in Tarzan. He turned down the role when he learned that the salary was $1,750 a week, less than he was receiving from his uncles Trust Fund. Fritz Sills died in Hollywood in 1968. See more »

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