Filmography

1928

Moulin Rouge

 

1929

Piccadilly
The Lady from the Sea
The Flying Scotsman
The Plaything
The Informer

 

1930

Way for a Sailor
Passion Flower

 

1931

The Bachelor Father
Strangers May Kiss
Just a Gigolo
Bought!
Ambassador Bill
Blonde Crazy

 

1932

The Man Who Played God
Polly of the Circus
But the Flesh Is Weak
Payment Deferred

 

1933

This Is the Life

 

1934

Bolero
We’re Not Dressing
Orders Is Orders
Many Happy Returns
Charlie Chan in London
Menace
One Hour Late

 

1935

The Gilded Lily
Four Hours to Kill!
Alias Mary Dow
The Glass Key

 

1936

Next Time We Love
The Return of Sophie Lang
The Big Broadcast of 1937
Three Smart Girls
The Jungle Princess

 

1937

Bulldog Drummond Escapes
Wings Over Honolulu
Easy Living
Ebb Tide
Wise Girl

 

1938

Her Jungle Love
Tropic Holiday
Men with Wings
Say It in French

 

1939

Hotel Imperial
Beau Geste
Everything Happens at Night

 

1940

French Without Tears
Irene
The Doctor Takes a Wife
Untamed
Arise, My Love

 

1941

I Wanted Wings
Skylark
Sullivan’s Travels

 

1942

The Lady Has Plans
Star Spangled Rhythm
Reap the Wild Wind
Are Husbands Necessary?
The Major and the Minor

 

1943

Forever and a Day
The Crystal Ball

 

1944

Lady in the Dark
The Uninvited
Till We Meet Again
Ministry of Fear

 

1945

Kitty
The Lost Weekend

 

1946

The Well-Groomed Bride

 

1947

California
The Imperfect Lady
The Trouble with Women
Golden Earrings
Variety Girl

 

1948

So Evil My Love
The Big Clock
Sealed Verdict
Miss Tatlock’s Millions

 

1949

Alias Nick Beal
It Happens Every Spring

 

1950

A Woman of Distinction
A Life of Her Own
Copper Canyon

 

1951

Circle of Danger
Night Into Morning
Rhubarb
Close to My Heart

 

1952

Bugles in the Afternoon
Something to Live For
The Thief

 

1953

Jamaica Run
Let’s Do It Again

 

1954

Dial M for Murder

 

1955

The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
A Man Alone

 

1956

Lisbon
Three Brave Men

 

1957

The River’s Edge
High Flight

 

1958

The Safecracker

 

1962

The Premature Burial
Panic in Year Zero!

 

1963

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

 

1964

The Confession

 

1968

Hostile Witness

 

1970

Love Story
Company of Killers

 

1972

Embassy
Frogs
The Thing with Two Heads

 

1973

The House in Nightmare Park
The Big Game
Terror in the Wax Museum

 

1974

The Student Connection
Gold

 

1975

Escape to Witch Mountain

 

1976

The Swiss Conspiracy
Aces High
The Last Tycoon

 

1977

Oil!
The Uncanny
The Girl in Yellow Pajamas

 

1978

Slavers
Blackout
Oliver’s Story

 

1979

Survival Run
Game for Vultures

 

1980

The Attic

 

1984

The Sea Serpent

 

1985

The Gold Key

Awards

He was nominated for one Academy Award Best Actor in a Leading Role, which he won, for
The Lost Weekend (1945)

[when asked why he had appeared in so many bad films late in his career] For the money, old chap, for the money! ~ Ray Milland

Ray Milland: Learn more about him, review his filmography and more

Actors, Biographies

Ray Milland’s screen career ran from 1929 to 1985, and he is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend (1945), a sophisticated leading man opposite a corrupt John Wayne in Reap the Wild Wind (1942), the murder-plotting husband in Dial M for Murder (1954), and as Oliver Barrett III in Love Story (1970).

Before becoming an actor, Milland served in the Household Cavalry of the British Army, becoming a proficient marksman, horse-rider and airplane pilot. He left the army to follow a career in acting and appeared as an extra in several British productions before getting his first major role in The Flying Scotsman (1929). This led to a nine-month contract with MGM and he moved to the United States where he appeared as a stock actor. After being released by MGM, he was picked up by Paramount, who used Milland in a range of lesser speaking parts, usually as an English character. He was loaned out to Universal for a film called Three Smart Girls (1936), and its success saw Milland given a lead role in The Jungle Princess (also 1936) alongside new starlet Dorothy Lamour. The film was a big success and catapulted both to stardom. Milland remained with Paramount for almost 20 years.  

Milland, who was at one time Paramount Pictures’ highest paid actor, co-starred alongside many of the most popular actresses of the time including Gene Tierney, Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers, Jane Wyman, Loretta Young and Veronica Lake.

After leaving Paramount, Milland concentrated on directing. His first, a Western entitled A Man Alone (1955) centers around the aftermath of a stagecoach robbery. This was followed by Lisbon; a crime drama starring Maureen O’Hara and Claude Rains. Both films were distributed by Republic Pictures. Due to his experience as a film director, he achieved much success directing for television. He also made many television appearances. He starred from 1953 to 1955 with Phyllis Avery and Lloyd Corrigan in the CBS sitcom Meet Mr. McNutley in the role of a college English and later drama professor at fictitious Lynnhaven College. The program was renamed in its second season as The Ray Milland Show. From 1959 to 1960 Milland starred in the CBS detective series Markham, but the program failed to capture an audience even though it followed the western Gunsmoke.

Milland died at the age of 79 of lung cancer  in Torrance, California, on March 10, 1986. He was survived by his wife, the former Muriel Weber, and his daughter. In line with his instructions there was no funeral. His body was cremated, and the ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean at Redondo Beach, in California.