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Reginald Truscott-Jones (Milland, Ray)

Born: 1907 AD
Died: 1986 AD, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: Welsh
Categories: Actors, Entertainers


1907 - Ray Milland was born Reginald Alfred John Truscott-Jones on the 3rd of January on a mountain called Cymla, above the town of Neath in Wales. He took his stage name from the flat area of land called the mill lands in Neath, which he remembered fondly in his youth.

1929 -  After three years of service as a guardsman with the Royal Household Cavalry in London, he entered British films.

1930 - After several roles, both big and small, he set out for Hollywood. For several years he played mostly second leads, usually as the hero's friend or rival, but graduated to leads in the mid-30s. Charming and debonair, he played suave, self-assured romantic leading men in many drawing-room comedies and an occasional mystery or adventure.

1932 - He was married to Malvina Webber, the same woman for 54 years. Had one son and a adopted daughter.

1945 - He won the Oscar for his gut-wrenching portrayal of an alcoholic writer trying to stay dry in The Lost Weekend.

1953 - 1955 - He also starred in the TV comedy series The Ray Milland Show''.

1954 - He portrayed the suave and mannerly accomplice in Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder.

1959 - 1960 - Starred in the drama series `Markham'.

1970 - After an absence of several years, he returned to the screen, playing a character part in Love Story, then resumed playing leads in low-budget horror films.

1986 - Died on the 10th of March in Torrance California of lung cancer.


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