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John Mills

Biography

British actor whose career spanned more than 70 years. His part in the 1970 film Ryan’s Child gained him an Academy Award for Greatest Supporting Acting professional. After graduation, he was quickly employed like a clerk for corn retailers in Ipswich. In 1946, he performed the lead personality Pip in David Low fat’s adaptation from the traditional Charles Dickens book Great Objectives. He was wedded to Aileen Raymond from 1927 to 1941 and Mary Hayley Bell from 1941 to 2005. His two daughters, Hayley and Juliet, became stars and he also experienced a son called Jonathan. His dad was the headmaster for an area college in Belton. He performed a supporting part to Robert Mitchum in the 1970 passionate drama Ryan’s Child.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth February 22, 1908
Died April 23, 2005, Denham, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.73 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality English, British
Spouse Mary Hayley Bell, Aileen Raymond
Children Hayley Mills, Juliet Mills, Jonathan Mills
Parents Lewis Mills, Edith Mills
Siblings Annette Mills
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, BAFTA Fellowship, Volpi Cup for Best Actor, BAFTA Special Award (Film)
Nominations BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best British Actor, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play
Movies Ryan's Daughter, Great Expectations, Swiss Family Robinson, Hobson's Choice, Tiger Bay, In Which We Serve, Ice Cold in Alex, Tunes of Glory, Gandhi, Scott of the Antarctic, The Family Way, The Way to the Stars, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Dunkirk, Bean, Oh! What a Lovely War, The History of Mr. Polly, The Chalk Garden, This Happy Breed, The Colditz Story, The Wrong Box, King Rat, The October Man, Hamlet, We Dive at Dawn, Morning Departure, Brown on Resolution, The Truth About Spring, The Rocking Horse Winner, When the Wind Blows, Above Us the Waves, Sky West and Crooked, Waterloo Road, Young Winston, Operation Crossbow, War and Peace, Cottage to Let, Bright Young Things, Around the World in 80 Days, The Long Memory, The Thirty Nine Steps, Tiara Tahiti, Town on Trial, Who's That Girl, So Well Remembered, Mr. Denning Drives North, Lady Caroline Lamb, The Baby and the Battleship, Car of Dreams, The Ghost Camera, Tudor Rose
TV Shows Martin Chuzzlewit, Spit MacPhee, Quatermass, The Zoo Gang, Dundee and the Culhane, A Woman of Substance, Young at Heart, Night of the Fox
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#Fact
1He had two roles in common with his The Baby and the Battleship (1956) co-star André Morell: (1) Morell played Dr. John Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) while Mills played him in Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (1984) and (2) Morell played Professor Bernard Quatermass in Quatermass and the Pit (1958) while Mills played him in Quatermass (1979).
2In the encyclopedic compendium "OSCAR A to Z" by Charles Matthews, it is falsely stated that Mills died in 1982.
3He played the uncle of his real life daughter Juliet Mills in Nanny and the Professor: The Human Fly (1971).
4He appeared in five films with Richard Attenborough: In Which We Serve (1942), Operation Disaster (1950), The Baby and the Battleship (1956), Dunkirk (1958) and Hamlet (1996). He also appeared in three films directed by Attenborough: Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), Young Winston (1972) and Gandhi (1982).
5Laurence Olivier offered Mills the role of one of the murderers in Richard III (1955) but he turned it down, believing that it could be seen as stunt casting.
6He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) and Gandhi (1982). John Gielgud and Trevor Howard also appeared in both films.
7He was considered for the roles of Dr. Hans Fallada, Dr. Armstrong and Sir Percy Heseltine in Lifeforce (1985).
8Acording to Mills in the 'Films in Review' career article on him in August 1971, he was offered the Burgess Meredith role in "Of Mice and Men" and the Humphrey Bogart role in "The African Queen.".
9Mills' greatest American stage success was as T. E. Lawrence in "Ross." Mills had met the real Lawrence in 1931 through good friend Noel Coward when he was appearing in "Cavalcade.".
10Mills' first professional appearance was as a chorus boy in a Hippodrome show "The Five O'Clock Revue" with Ernest Truex in 1927.
11According to Mills, the only reason he saw his quota quickie "The Lash" is because it was on a double bill with something that Spencer Tracy was acting in.
12Mills was rejected by the army during World War II because of a duodenal ulcer.
13He and his first wife Aileen Raymond both died in April 2005, approximately 78 years after they were married.
14Father-in-law of Maxwell Caulfield.
15In 1967, he appeared in "The Great Escape" themed episode of The Golden Shot (1967), hosted by Bob Monkhouse.
16There is 16mm footage of Mills in the 1932 stage show "Words and Music" alongside Doris Hare. The show was written by Noël Coward.
17He was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture.
18He is credited with playing more military roles than any other star. In 31 of his movies, almost a third of his whole cinematic output, he portrayed soldiers, usually officers.
19He was a close friend of Stephen Fry.
20His wife of 64 years, Mary Hayley Bell, suffered from Alzheimer's disease for many years. Due to the advanced stage of her illness, she was unable to attend his funeral on April 27, 2005.
21He was a close friend of the English actor/director Richard Attenborough, who read the eulogy at his funeral.
22Of the Oscar-winning father-daughter couples, he and his daughter Hayley Mills are one of two couples (the other is Jane Fonda/Henry Fonda) where the daughter won an Academy award before the father did.
23Died seven days after his In Which We Serve (1942), The October Man (1947), This Happy Breed (1944) and Tunes of Glory (1960) co-star, Kay Walsh.
24Enlisted in the Royal Engineers in 1940 but received a medical discharge after a year and a half due to a duodenal ulcer.
25Despite being two of Britain's most distinguished actors of their generation, he appeared in only two films with Alec Guinness: Great Expectations (1946) and Tunes of Glory (1960).
26Prior to his death he had planned on attending The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2005) where his daughter Juliet Mills was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for playing Tabitha Lennox in Passions (1999).
27He always maintained his favorite movie was Tunes of Glory (1960), in which he co-starred with Alec Guinness.
28More than 400 stars of stage and screen took part in an event organized by the Lord's Taverners charity, of which he was the founding president in 1950, at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, south east London to honor his illustrious career and recent Diamond wedding anniversary. (21 February 2001)
29Suffered a bad fall at his Buckinghamshire home, breaking two ribs, and was kept overnight in hospital as a precaution. (November 2001)
30Hospitalised with a severe chest infection in August 2002.
31Was nominated for Broadway's 1962 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Ross."
32He was educated at Norwich Grammar School for Boys.
33His first wife, Aileen Raymond, survived him by five days and she was the mother of the actor Ian Ogilvy.
34Younger brother of Annette Mills.
35When he won the 1971 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, Mills was the only winner present at the ceremony to accept his acting award. The other three winners of Academy Awards for acting that year, George C. Scott, Glenda Jackson, and Helen Hayes, didn't attend the awards. ceremony.
36A council member of RADA, he was also a life patron of the Variety Club.
37He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1960 Queen's New Year Honours List and became a Knight Bachelor in the 1976 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours for his services to drama.
38He was voted ninth in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of greatest British actors.
39At age 92, he and wife Mary, age 89, renewed their marriage vows at St. Mary's Church, next to their home, Hills House, in Denham, England. When they had wed 60 years earlier, he was denied a church service because he was serving in the Army during World War II. [January 2001]
40Supported the Labour Party during the 2001 General Election campaign.
41Grandfather of Crispian Mills, lead singer of Kula Shaker and Melissa Caulfield.
42Father of actresses Juliet Mills, Hayley Mills and writer/producer Jonathan Mills.
43Ranked #88 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
44Although his eyesight failed almost completely in 1990, he continued to act, playing both blind and seeing characters.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sky's the Limit1943/IIShortTom
The Young Mr. Pitt1942William Wilberforce
In Which We Serve1942Ordinary Seaman Shorty Blake
The Big Blockade1942Royal Air Force: Tom
Black Sheep of Whitehall1942Bobby
Bombsight Stolen1941Flt·Lieut. Perry
Old Bill and Son1941Young Bill Busby
All Hands1940ShortJack
Goodbye, Mr. Chips1939Peter Colley (as a young man)
Happy Family1939ShortFred
The Green Cockatoo1937Jim Connor
You're in the Army Now1937Cpl. Bert Dawson
Nine Days a Queen1936Lord Guilford Dudley
The First Offence1936Johnnie Penrose
Charing Cross Road1935Tony
Born for Glory1935Albert Brown
Regal Cavalcade1935Young Enlistee
Car of Dreams1935Robert Miller
The Doctor's Secret1934Ronnie Blake
Blind Justice1934Ralph Summers
The Lash1934Arthur Haughton
Those Were the Days1934Bobby Poskett
The River Wolves1934Peter Farrell
A Political Party1934Tony Smithers
Britannia of Billingsgate1933Fred Bolton
The Ghost Camera1933Ernest Elton
Midshipmaid Gob1932Golightly
Lights22005ShortA Tramp
Bright Young Things2003Gentleman
The Gentleman Thief2001TV MovieArthur Rosehip
Great Performances1998TV SeriesGus the Theatre Cat
Bean1997Chairman (as Sir John Mills)
Hamlet1996Old Norway
Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets1995Sir Edward Cleghorn
Martin Chuzzlewit1994TV Mini-SeriesMr. Chuffey
Deadly Advice1994Jack the Ripper
Harnessing Peacocks1993TV MovieBernard Quigley
The Big Freeze1993TV MovieDapper Man
Frankenstein1992TV MovieDe Lacey
Perfect Scoundrels1992TV SeriesPraeger
Night of the Fox1990TV MovieBrig. Dougal Munro
Ending Up1989TV MovieBernard
A Tale of Two Cities1989TV Mini-SeriesJarvis Lorry
Around the World in 80 Days1989TV Mini-SeriesFaversham
The Lady and the Highwayman1989TV MovieSir Lawrence Dobson
Spit MacPhee1988TV Mini-SeriesFyfe MacPhee
Who's That Girl1987Montgomery Bell (as Sir John Mills)
Hold the Dream1986TV MovieHenry Rossiter
When the Wind Blows1986Jim (voice)
Hotel1986TV SeriesCharles Canfield
Edge of the Wind1985TV MovieMajor General Blair
Murder with Mirrors1985TV MovieLewis Serrocold
A Woman of Substance1985TV Mini-SeriesHenry Rossiter
Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death1984TV MovieDoctor Watson
Sahara1983Cambridge
Gandhi1982The Viceroy
Young at Heart1980-1982TV SeriesAlbert Collyer
The Adventures of Little Lord Fauntleroy1982TV MovieThe Earl of Dorincourt
Tales of the Unexpected1980-1982TV SeriesSam Morrissey / The Man / William Perkins
Quatermass1979TV Mini-SeriesProf. Bernard Quatermass
Zulu Dawn1979Sir Henry Bartle Frere
The Love Boat1979TV SeriesBertram MacDonald
The Quatermass Conclusion1979Prof. Bernard Quatermass
The Thirty-Nine Steps1978Scudder
Dr. Strange1978TV MovieLindmer
The Big Sleep1978Inspector Jim Carson
Des Teufels Advokat1977Monsignor Blaise Meredith (as Sir John Mills)
A Dirty Knight's Work1976Colonel Bertie Cook
The 'Human' Factor1975Mike McAllister
The Zoo Gang1974TV SeriesThomas 'The Elephant' Devon
Oklahoma Crude1973Cleon
Lady Caroline Lamb1972Canning
Young Winston1972General Kitchener
Dulcima1971Mr. Parker
Nanny and the Professor1971TV SeriesUncle Alfred
Ryan's Daughter1970Michael
Adam's Woman1970Sir Philip MacDonald
Oh! What a Lovely War1969Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig
Run Wild, Run Free1969The Moorman
Emma Hamilton1968Lord William Hamilton
A Black Veil for Lisa1968Inspector Franz Bulon
Dundee and the Culhane1967TV SeriesDundee
Chuka1967Colonel Stuart Valois
Africa: Texas Style1967Wing Commander Hayes
The Family Way1966Ezra Fitton
The Wrong Box1966Masterman Finsbury
King Rat1965Smedley-Taylor
Operation Crossbow1965Gen. Boyd
The Chalk Garden1964Maitland
The DuPont Show of the Week1962-1964TV SeriesDavies / Inspector Fallon
The Truth About Spring1964Tommy Tyler
Tiara Tahiti1962Lt. Col. Clifford Southey
The Valiant1962Captain Morgan
Flame in the Streets1961Jacko Palmer
The Parent Trap1961Mitch Evers' Golf Caddy (uncredited)
The Singer Not the Song1961Father Michael Keogh
Swiss Family Robinson1960Father
Tunes of Glory1960Lt. Col. Basil Barrow
Season of Passion1959Barney
Tiger Bay1959Superintendent Graham
Hell, Heaven or Hoboken1958Major Harvey
Ice Cold in Alex1958Captain Anson
Dunkirk1958Corporal 'Tubby' Binns
The Circle1957Dr. Howard Latimer
Town on Trial1957Supt. Mike Halloran
It's Great to Be Young!1956Dingle
Around the World in Eighty Days1956London Carriage Driver
Producers' Showcase1956TV SeriesRobert Crosbie
War and Peace1956Platon Karataev
The Baby and the Battleship1956Puncher Roberts
Escapade1955John Hampden
Above Us the Waves1955Cmdr. Fraser
The End of the Affair1955Albert Parkis
The Colditz Story1955Pat Reid
Hobson's Choice1954William Mossop
The Long Memory1953Phillip Davidson
The Gentle Gunman1952Terence Sullivan
Mr. Denning Drives North1951Tom Denning
Operation Disaster1950Lieut. Cmdr. Peter Armstrong
The Rocking Horse Winner1949Bassett
The History of Mr. Polly1949Alfred Polly
Scott of the Antarctic1948Captain R.F. Scott R.N.
The October Man1947Jim Ackland
So Well Remembered1947George Boswell
Great Expectations1946Pip
Johnny in the Clouds1945Peter Penrose
Waterloo Road1945Jim Colter
This Happy Breed1944Billy Mitchell
Information Please1944ShortBritish Flyer (uncredited)
Victory Wedding1944ShortPrivate Bill Clark
We Dive at Dawn1943Captain - Lt. Taylor, R.N.

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
Oh! What a Lovely War1969performer: "Oh, It's a Lovely War" - uncredited
Swiss Family Robinson1960performer: "O Christmas Tree" - uncredited
The Baby and the Battleship1956performer: "Way Back in Tennessee", "That Old Tattooed Lady" - uncredited
Car of Dreams1935performer: "Car of Dreams"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rocking Horse Winner1949producer
The History of Mr. Polly1949producer - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gypsy Girl1966

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Swiss Family Robinson: Adventure in the Making2002Video documentary special thanks - as Sir John Mills
To Be on Camera: A History with Hamlet1997Video documentary short thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 100 Greatest War Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Sir John Mills)
Sir John Mills: A Century in Films2005TV MovieHimself
The Ultimate Film2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Peace One Day2004DocumentaryHimself
Bob Monkhouse: A BAFTA Tribute2004TV Special documentaryHimself (as Sir John Mills)
Today with Des and Mel2003TV SeriesHimself
Arena2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Living Famously2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Forever Ealing2002TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Breakfast with Frost2002TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1977-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2002TV SeriesHimself
Swiss Family Robinson: Adventure in the Making2002Video documentaryHimself (as Sir John Mills)
Heroes of Comedy2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Judi Dench: A BAFTA Tribute2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (Guest in audience)
Film Genre2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration2001TV Special documentaryHimself (as Sir John Mills)
Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Parkinson1977-2001TV SeriesHimself
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories2000Video documentaryHimself
40 Years on Coronation Street2000TV SpecialHimself - Narrator (voice, as Sir John Mills)
Best of British1999TV SeriesHimself - Co-Star Cottage to Let / Co-Star Morning Departure
An Audience with Cliff Richard1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Clive Anderson All Talk1999TV SeriesHimself
The Troop1999ShortHimself - Narrator
Biography1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Arena: The Sir Noel Coward Trilogy1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dennis Pennis R.I.P.1997VideoHimself
The South Bank Show1992-1997TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Presenter, Cinema Award
An Audience with Shirley Bassey1995TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Live for Peace: A Royal Gala1995TV MovieHimself
An Audience with Bob Monkhouse1994TV Special documentaryHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Best of British1987-1994TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Late Show1992TV Series documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life (Highlights from the 1950's and 1960's)1991TV MovieHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to David Lean1990TV SpecialHimself (Guest Speaker)
The British Comedy Awards 19901990TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter
An Invitation to Remember1990TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
7th Annual American Cinema Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Cilla's Goodbye to the '80s1989TV MovieHimself
The Royal Variety Performance 19891989TV MovieHimself
One More Audience with Dame Edna Everage1988TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
The Dame Edna Experience1987TV SeriesHimself
Tribute to Her Majesty1987DocumentaryHimself - Presenter / Narrator
Aspel & Company1987TV SeriesHimself
The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
The Best of British Cinema1987Video short documentaryNarrator (voice, as Sir John Mills)
Favourite Things1986TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
The Golden Gong1985TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of Gandhi: Mr. Attenborough and Mr. Gandhi1983TV MovieHimself
Tommy Steele: A Handful of Songs1981TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Secombe with Music1980TV SeriesHimself
The British Greats1980TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Late Night Story1979TV Series shortHimself - Reader
Peter Couchman Tonight1979TV SeriesHimself
Filmharmonic '781978TV MovieHimself - Introduced by
Stars on Sunday1977-1978TV SeriesHimself
Fall In, the Stars1977TV MovieHimself
Night of 100 Stars1977TV SpecialHimself
The Elstree Story1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Morecambe & Wise Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Cinema1971TV Series documentaryHimself
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards1971TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The British Screen Awards1971TV SpecialHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Irv Kupcinet Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Film Night1970TV SeriesHimself
Wedding of the Doll1968DocumentaryHimself
Film Preview1966TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1964TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Five O'Clock Club1964TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Danny Kaye Show1964TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1960-1962TV Series documentaryHimself
Film Profile1961TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1960TV SeriesHimself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1956TV SeriesHimself
Film Fanfare1956TV SeriesHimself
This Is Show Business1952TV SeriesHimself
The Way to Wimbledon1952Documentary shortHimself - Commentator
Total War in Britain1946Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
Land of Promise1946DocumentaryThe Voice (voice)
Happy Families1939Documentary shortFred

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pinewood: 80 Years of Movie Magic2015TV Movie documentaryPip (uncredited)
Talking Pictures2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff2010DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
Truly, Madly, Cheaply!: British B Movies2008TV Movie documentaryArthur Haughton (uncredited)
Bean: Scenes Unseen2007Video documentary shortChairman
The 78th Annual Academy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Memorial sequence
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Memorial Tribute
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Tribute to John Mills2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Heroes of Comedy2002TV Series documentary
The Sketch Show Story2001TV Series documentary
Legends2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Story of Bean1997TV Special documentaryChairman (uncredited)
Peter Cushing: A One-Way Ticket to Hollywood1989TV Movie documentaryDr.Watson
The 1950's: Music, Memories & Milestones1988Video documentaryHimself
The Wind and the Bomb1986DocumentaryJim (uncredited)
Clapper Board1979TV SeriesVarious
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1960TV SeriesFather (edited from: Swiss Family Robinson)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002Academy FellowshipBAFTA Awards
1997Dilys Powell AwardLondon Critics Circle Film Awards
1995BFI FellowshipBritish Film Institute Awards
1980Special AwardEvening Standard British Film Awards
1971OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleRyan's Daughter (1970)
1971Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actor - Motion PictureRyan's Daughter (1970)
1971KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorRyan's Daughter (1970)
1967Prize San SebastiánSan Sebastián International Film FestivalBest ActorThe Family Way (1966)
1960Volpi CupVenice Film FestivalBest ActorTunes of Glory (1960)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994CableACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actor in a Movie or MiniseriesFrankenstein (1992)
1971BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorRyan's Daughter (1970)
1966Best FilmMar del Plata Film FestivalInternational CompetitionSky West and Crooked (1966)
1961BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest British ActorTunes of Glory (1960)
1955BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest British ActorHobson's Choice (1954)


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#Quote
1[on his first wife Aileen Raymond] We were both young, and I guess we just drifted apart.
2I used to write childish melodramas when I was seven or eight and act them out in the schoolhouse.
3[on Trevor Howard] He became one of the finest actors we ever had. One of the greatest, and a lovely man with it.
4[in a personal tribute to Noël Coward] I don't know any actor alive today who could get laughs with, apparently, so little effort. You never compromised or went out after our sympathy for one moment.
5[after receiving a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the "village idiot" in Ryan's Daughter (1970)] I was speechless for a year in Ireland, and I'm speechless again now!
6Ryan's Daughter (1970) is not my best film, but it is the best thing that happened to me, professionally. It brought me the Academy Award, and that meant I could finally be known again as somebody other than Hayley Mills' father.
7[referring to his Oscar-winning role as a brain-damaged mute in Ryan's Daughter (1970)] It was weird. I just thought I'd been wasting my time for the past 55 years learning all these millions of lines, and then getting an Oscar for not speaking.
8One of the luckiest things that ever happened to me was to be born with a desperate desire to become an actor. I never remember at any age wanting to be anything else.


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