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Milland in a publicity shot for Markham
Alfred Reginald Jones|
3 January 1907
Neath, Wales, U.K.
10 March 1986 (aged 79)|
Torrance, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Lung cancer|
Ray the Magnificent|
Hollywood's Master Actor
|Education||King's College School, Cardiff|
|Spouse||Muriel Weber (m. 1932–1986)|
In the early years he achieved success in films such as Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937), Hotel Imperial (1939), Beau Geste (1939), and The Major and the Minor (1942) with Ginger Rogers. He was also in Ministry of Fear (1944), by Fritz Lang. In the Billy Wilder film The Lost Weekend (1945), he played the role of Don Birnam, an alcoholic writer. That role earned him an Academy Award as best actor.
In early 1960, Ray Milland started much to play evil characters, in horror and sci-fi movies such as Panic in Year Zero! (1962), he also directed. Premature Burial (1962) and X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963), by Roger Corman, in Frogs (1972), he played a man who is attacked by a plague of mutant frogs, The Thing with Two Heads (1972), he played a doctor who had a head transplant, Terror in the Wax Museum (1973).
He had a long career in television, including his TV series Meet Mr. McNutley (1953–54), as Ray McNulty, and the Crime TV series Markham (1959–60), as Roy Markham a former lawyer, who works as a detective.