John Miljan

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John Miljan (born November 9, 1892 in Lead , South Dakota as Jovan Miljanovic , † January 24, 1960 in Hollywood , California ) was an American actor. Between 1924 and 1958 he appeared in over 200 films, and towards the end of his life he also made several appearances on US television.

life and career

Jovan Miljanovic, who used the name John Miljan for his acting career , was born to Serbian immigrants in a small village in South Dakota. He was on stage for the first time at the age of 15. Miljan made his film debut in 1924 in the silent film Love Letters on the side of Shirley Mason . In the early years of his film career, the tall, dark-haired actor often played romantic lovers. Even before the end of the silent film era, however, he mainly focused on the portrayal of elegant, oily villains and fraudsters, who often also want to win the heart of the female leading actress for themselves. Such roles enabled him to have a busy Hollywood career until the 1950s.

Miljan made his sound film debut in 1927 with an appearance in the trailer for Der Jäzzsänger , in which he invited the audience to watch the first full-length sound film. The transition to the sound film he succeeded in the episode with films such as The Love of Betty Patterson (1928) and Untamed (1929). As he got older, he played authority figures in addition to the usual villains, such as George Armstrong Custer in Cecil B. DeMille's western The Hero of the Prairie (1936). With DeMille he later made other monumental films such as Samson and Delilah and The Ten Commandments .

Miljan had his last role two years before his death as Indian chief in the Lone Ranger western The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold . He died of cancer in 1960 at the age of 67. From 1927 until his death, he was married to Victoria Lowe Creighton, the ex-wife of actor Creighton Hale . Miljan also adopted Victoria's children from her marriage to Hale.

Filmography (selection)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ John Miljan | Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos | AllMovie. Retrieved October 17, 2017 .
  2. WarnerMoviesAU: The Jazz Singer (1927) - Trailer. November 6, 2013, accessed October 17, 2017 .
  3. ^ John Miljan | Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos | AllMovie. Retrieved October 17, 2017 .