Kenneth McMillan (actor)

Kenneth McMillan (actor)

Infobox actor
name = Kenneth McMillan

birthdate = birth date|1932|7|2|mf=y
birthplace = Brooklyn, New York City
deathdate = death date and age|1989|1|8|1932|7|2|mf=y
deathplace = Santa Monica, California

Kenneth McMillan (July 2, 1932January 8, 1989) was an American character actor. Portly and ruddy-faced, with an often aggressive and cantankerous demeanor, McMillan was usually cast as gruff, hostile and unfriendly characters.


Personal life

McMillan was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Margaret and Harry McMillan, a truck driver. [ [ Kenneth McMillan Biography (1932-) ] ] Prior to becoming an actor, McMillan was a manager at Gimbels Department Store. At age 30 McMillan decided to pursue an acting career. He attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and took acting lessons from Uta Hagen and Irene Dailey. He was married to Kathryn McDonald (20 June 1969 - 8 January 1989) (his death) with whom he had one child, actress Alison McMillan.


McMillan made his film debut at age 41 with a small role in Sidney Lumet's gritty police drama "Serpico". McMillan's most notable parts include the borough commander in "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three", a cowardly small town sheriff in Tobe Hooper's '79 TV mini-series "Salem's Lot", a similar role he took to the big screen as "Maxwell" in the 1987 Burt Reynolds film "Malone", William Hurt's bitter paraplegic father in "Eyewitness", a racist fire chief in "Ragtime", a wily old safe cracker in "The Pope of Greenwich Village", the vile and grotesquely obese Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in "Dune", Aidan Quinn's pathetic drunken pop in "Reckless", and a sleazy high roller gambler in "The Ledge," an episode of the horror anthology film "Cat's Eye".

McMillan was also adept at comedy, giving especially funny and engaging performances as a baseball club manager in "Blue Skies Again," Meg Ryan's corrupt police chief dad in "Armed and Dangerous," and a dotty senile veterinarian in "Three Fugitives."

McMillan had a recurring role as Valerie Harper's irate boss Jack Doyle on the TV sitcom "Rhoda." Among the TV shows McMillan did guest spots on are "Dark Shadows," "Ryan's Hope," "Kojak," "Starsky and Hutch," "The Rockford Files," "Moonlighting," "Magnum, P.I.," and "Murder, She Wrote."

Outside of his film and TV credits, McMillan also frequently performed on stage at the New York Shakespeare Festival. He acted in the original Broadway productions of "Streamers" and "American Buffalo". He won an Obie for his performance in the Off-Broadway play "Weekends and Other People".


External links

* [ Kenneth McMillan Biography at]

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