Sir John Mills, CBE (born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills, 22 February 1908 – 23 April 2005) was an English actor who appeared in more than 120 films in a career spanning seven decades. On screen, he often played people who are not at all exceptional, but become heroes because of their common sense, generosity and good judgement.
Birth Place: The Watts Naval Training College, North Elmham, Norfolk, England, UK on 1908-02-22
Known For: Acting
TOP FIVE ROLES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
The Green Cockatoo
Song and dance man John Mills, guv’nor of the eponymous nitery, helps new-girl-in-town René Ray flee a false murder charge, except neither knows the corpse is Mills’ brother Robert Newton, and both cops and the real killers are hot on their trail. Music by Miklós Rózsa.
Release Date: 1937-12-01
Role: Jim Connor
Above Us the Waves
In World War II, the greatest threat to the British navy is the German battleship Tirpitz. While anchored in a Norwegian fjord, it is impossible to attack by conventional means, so a plan is hatched for a special commando unit to attack it, using midget submarines to plant underwater explosives.
Release Date: 1955-03-29
Role: Commandant Fraser
The Quatermass Conclusion
Influenced by the social and geopolitical situation of the early nineteen-seventies and the hippie youth movement of the late nineteen-sixties, Quatermass is set in a near future in which large numbers of young people are joining a cult, the “Planet People”, and gathering at ancient sites, believing they will be transported to a better life on another planet.
Release Date: 1979-10-24
Role: Prof. Bernard Quatermass
In this Dickens adaptation, orphan Pip discovers through lawyer Mr. Jaggers that a mysterious benefactor wishes to ensure that he becomes a gentleman. Reunited with his childhood patron, Miss Havisham, and his first love, the beautiful but emotionally cold Estella, he discovers that the elderly spinster has gone mad from having been left at the altar as a young woman, and has made her charge into a warped, unfeeling heartbreaker.
Release Date: 1946-12-26
In Tiger Bay, the docklands of Cardiff, rough-and-tumble street urchin Gillie witnesses the brutal killing of a young woman at the hands of visiting Polish sailor Korchinsky. Instead of reporting the crime to the authorities, Gillie merely pockets a prize for herself — Korchinsky’s shiny black revolver — and flees the scene. When Detective Graham discovers that Gillie has the murder weapon, the fiery young girl weaves a web of lies to throw him off course.
Release Date: 1959-03-01
Role: Superintendent Graham