Friday, September 28, 2007
Ray Milland (1907–1986) was an Oscar-winning actor and director. His screen career ran from 1929 to 1985 and he appeared in scores of films. Born in Wales, Milland was "discovered" by a Hollywood talent scout while performing on the stage in London. He came to America and was signed by Paramount Pictures. In 1946, Milland won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of an alcoholic in Billy Wilder's film The Lost Weekend (1945). Milland gave perhaps the shortest acceptance speech of any Oscar winner: he simply bowed and left the stage. Milland died in 1986 at age 79.