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RYAN'S DAUGHTER

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Sir John Mills won his Supporting Oscar for playing the mute in the small Irish village.


Sir John Mills (1908 - )

British character actor and leading man, who's real name is Lewis Ernest Mills. Father of child actress Hayley Mills. In 1976 John Mills was knighted for his acheievements in film. In 2001, he and his wife of 60 years renewed their wedding vows.

John Mills started acting as a teenager and by his twenties John Mills was an accomplished vaudville performer. In the 1930's he started appearing in leading roles in British films, many of them musicals. He caught American audience's attention when he played the grown Peter Col- ley in Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939). Then Mill's quit films temporarily to join the war effort but when discharged from the army due to medical problems, he served his country onscreen by starring in such pro-allied films as In Which We Serve (1942) and We Dive at Dawn (1943).

After the war John Mills got the part of Pip, in the film Great Expectations ( 1946)and his superb preformance in the picture cemented his position as a talented leading man. Throughout the 40's and 50 's he worked constantly, having leading roles in such films as in the thriller The Rocking Horse Winner (1949) and Tunes of Glory (1960). In 1959 he acted opposite daughter Hayley Mills in Tiger Bay and also did several disney movies.

As John Mills aged, he started doing more supporting roles and directed his first and only film, Gypsy Girl (1966), which starred his daughter Hayley. Since winning the Oscar in 1970, John Mills still kept busy working in films, even after he lost his sight in 1990 at age 82. One his best later performances was as The Viceroy in the 1982 film, Gandhi.

John Mills' other films include:

THE GHOST CAMERA
RIVER WOLVES
THOSE WERE THE DAYS
DOCTOR'S ORDERS
FOREVER ENGLAND
GOODBYE MR. CHIPS
COTTAGE TO LET
THE BIG BLOCKADE
THE YOUNG MR. PITT
IN WHICH WE WERE
WATERLOO ROAD
THE WAY TO THE STARS
GREAT EXPECTATIONS
THE OCTOBER MAN
SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC
THE HISTORY OF MR. POLLY
HOBSON'S CHOICE
WAR AND PEACE
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
TOWN ON TRIAL
DUNKIRK
I WAS MONTY'S DOUBLE
TIGER BAY
TURNES OF GLORY
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
OPERATION CROSSBOW
KING RAT
THE WRONG BOX
AFRICA TEXAS STYLE
CHUKA
OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR
YOUNG WINSTON
OKLAHOMA CRUDE
ZULU DAWN
GANDHI
SAHARA
WHO'S THAT GIRL?
DEADLY ADVICE
THE BIG FREEZE
THE GROTESQUE
HAMLET
BEAN
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS

His television credits include:

DR. STRANGE
MASKS OF DEATH
A WOMAN OS SUBSTANCE
MURDER WITH MIRRORS
LADY AND THE HIGHWAYMAN
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (TV Mini-Series)
A TALE OF TWO CITIES (TV Mini-Series)
NIGHT OF THE FOX
FRANKENSTEIN
MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT ( Mini TV Series)
THE GENTLEMAN THIEF

TV series, include:

DUNDEE AND CULHANE (67)
ZOO GANG (73)
YOUNG AT HEART (80-81)

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