- Kenneth McMillan (actor)
name = Kenneth McMillan
birthdate = birth date|1932|7|2|mf=y
Brooklyn, New York City
deathdate = death date and age|1989|1|8|1932|7|2|mf=y
Santa Monica, California
Kenneth McMillan (
July 2, 1932– January 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.
McMillan was born in
Brooklyn, New York, the son of Margaret and Harry McMillan, a truck driver. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/62/Kenneth-McMillan.html 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 Artsand took acting lessons from Uta Hagenand 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 Reynoldsfilm " 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 Harkonnenin "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 Obiefor his performance in the Off-Broadwayplay "Weekends and Other People".
* [http://www.hollywood.com/celebritydetail/Kenneth_McMillan/195165 Kenneth McMillan Biography at Hollywood.com]
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