Milton Sills

Milton Sills

Known for: Acting
Biography: 1882-01-11
Deathday: 1930-09-15 (48 years old)

Biography

From Wikipedia


Milton George Gustavus Sills (January 12, 1882 – September 15, 1930) was an American stage and film actor of the early twentieth century.


Sills was born in Chicago, Illinois into a wealthy family. He was the son of William Henry Sills, a successful mineral dealer, and Josephine Antoinette Troost Sills, an heiress from a prosperous banking family.


Upon completing high school, Sills was offered a one-year scholarship to the University of Chicago, where he studied psychology and philosophy. After graduating, he was offered a position at the university as a researcher and within several years worked his way up to become a professor at the school.


In 1905, stage actor Donald Robertson visited the school to lecture on author and playwright Henrik Ibsen and suggested to Sills that he try his hand at acting. On a whim, Sills agreed and left his prestigious teaching career to embark on a stint in acting. Sills joined Robertson's stock theater company and began touring the country.


In 1914, Sills decided to conquer the new medium of motion pictures. He made his film debut the same year in the big-budget drama The Pit for the World Film Company and was signed to a contract with film producer William A. Brady. The film was enormously successful, and Sills made three more films for the company, including another huge box-office draw The Deep Purple opposite silent screen star Clara Kimball Young. By the late 1910s, Sills had reached leading man status and parted ways with World Film, taking the then unusual path of freelancing as an actor.


By the early 1920s, Sills was enjoying a highly successful acting career and working for such prominent film studios as MGM, Paramount Pictures, and Pathé Exchange. He was often paired with the most popular leading ladies of the era, including: Geraldine Farrar, Gloria Swanson and Viola Dana.


His greatest public and commercial successes came with the now lost Flaming Youth (1923) opposite Colleen Moore, and the enormous box-office hit The Sea Hawk (1924).


Sills made two sound pictures, showing that he had an excellent voice. Many may have forgotten that Sills had extensive stage training before embarking on his career before the cameras. Sills died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 1930 while playing tennis with his wife at his Santa Barbara, California home at the age of 48. He was interred at the Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum in Chicago, Illinois.

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Filmography

all 58

Movies 58

self 5

Writer 1

Self (archive footage)
The Legend of Rudolph Valentino

The Legend of Rudolph Valentino (1961)

Movie
'Wolf' Larsen
The Sea Wolf

The Sea Wolf (1930)

Movie
Mac
Man Trouble

Man Trouble (1930)

Movie
Lord Dryan
Love and the Devil

Love and the Devil (1929)

Movie
Officer Thomas McCarthy
His Captive Woman

His Captive Woman (1929)

Movie
Jim Flannagan
The Crash

The Crash (1928)

Movie
Nifty Miller
The Barker

The Barker (1928)

Movie
The Hawk / John Finchley
The Hawk's Nest

The Hawk's Nest (1928)

Movie
Elam 'Burning Daylight' Harnish
Burning Daylight

Burning Daylight (1928)

Movie
Self
The Circus: Premiere

The Circus: Premiere (1928)

Movie
Bryce Cardigan
The Valley of the Giants

The Valley of the Giants (1927)

Movie
Hard-Boiled Haggerty
Hard-Boiled Haggerty

Hard-Boiled Haggerty (1927)

Movie
Etienne Hilaire
Framed

Framed (1927)

Movie
Justin Ramos
The Sea Tiger

The Sea Tiger (1927)

Movie
Count Pierre Tornal
The Silent Lover

The Silent Lover (1926)

Movie
Tony
Paradise

Paradise (1926)

Movie
Jan Bokak
Men of Steel

Men of Steel (1926)

Movie
Nicki
Puppets

Puppets (1926)

Movie
Writer
A Lover's Oath

A Lover's Oath (1925)

Movie
Sandy Donlin
The Knockout

The Knockout (1925)

Movie
O'Malley
The Making of O'Malley

The Making of O'Malley (1925)

Movie
Major John Craig
As Man Desires

As Man Desires (1925)

Movie
Reverend John Morton
Madonna of the Streets

Madonna of the Streets (1924)

Movie
Sir Oliver Tressilian
The Sea Hawk

The Sea Hawk (1924)

Movie
Calvin Gray
Flowing Gold

Flowing Gold (1924)

Movie
Gerald Mertoun, Duke of Osmonde
A Lady of Quality

A Lady of Quality (1924)

Movie
Cary Scott
Flaming Youth

Flaming Youth (1923)

Movie
Michael Ramsay
Adam's Rib

Adam's Rib (1923)

Movie
Roy Glennister
The Spoilers

The Spoilers (1923)

Movie
Will Campbell / George Brown
Legally Dead

Legally Dead (1923)

Movie
Himself - Celebrity Actor (uncredited)
Souls for Sale

Souls for Sale (1923)

Movie
Frank Howard
The Isle of Lost Ships

The Isle of Lost Ships (1923)

Movie
Rudolph Martin
What a Wife Learned

What a Wife Learned (1923)

Movie
Steve Cline
The Last Hour

The Last Hour (1923)

Movie
Richard Jarnette
The Forgotten Law

The Forgotten Law (1922)

Movie
Self
Seeing Stars

Seeing Stars (1922)

Movie
Bud Doyle
Skin Deep

Skin Deep (1922)

Movie
Self
A Trip to Paramountown

A Trip to Paramountown (1922)

Movie
Dr. Alan Hamilton
One Clear Call

One Clear Call (1922)

Movie
Neil Cornish
Miss Lulu Bett

Miss Lulu Bett (1921)

Movie
Bayard Delaval
The Great Moment

The Great Moment (1921)

Movie
Gordon Deane
At the End of the World

At the End of the World (1921)

Movie
Michaelis
The Faith Healer

The Faith Healer (1921)

Movie
Keene Mordaunt
The Furnace

The Furnace (1920)

Movie
Peter Devenant
The Street Called Straight

The Street Called Straight (1920)

Movie
Louis Anthony
Eyes of Youth

Eyes of Youth (1919)

Movie
Conrad
The Woman Thou Gavest Me

The Woman Thou Gavest Me (1919)

Movie
Luke Appleton
The Hushed Hour

The Hushed Hour (1919)

Movie
Juan Estudillo
The Stronger Vow

The Stronger Vow (1919)

Movie
Paul Worden
Satan Junior

Satan Junior (1919)

Movie
Sheriff Jack Webb
The Hell Cat

The Hell Cat (1918)

Movie
Major Anthony Kinsella
The Claw

The Claw (1918)

Movie
Julian Rolfe
The Yellow Ticket

The Yellow Ticket (1918)

Movie
Milt
The Masked Marvels

The Masked Marvels (1917)

Movie
Joseph Stanton
The Honor System

The Honor System (1917)

Movie
Capt. Donald Parr
Patria

Patria (1917)

Movie
Jack Stanley
The Woman Who Lied

The Woman Who Lied (1915)

Movie
Burleigh Mavor
Under Southern Skies

Under Southern Skies (1915)

Movie

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Information

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1882-01-11

Deathday
1930-09-15 (48 years old)

Birth Place
Chicago, United States of America

Relationships
Doris Kenyon (1926-01-01 - 1930-01-01)

Citizenships
United States of America

Awards
star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


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