Milton Sills

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Milton Sills (1920)

Milton Sills (born January 12, 1882 in Chicago , USA , † September 15, 1930 in Santa Barbara , USA ) was an important American theater and silent film actor and university professor . His relatively early death and unusual background made him a legend .


Milton Sills was born into a middle-class family in Chicago in 1882. He studied philosophy and psychology at the University of Chicago and worked there as a professor after completing his studies. He was also quite polyglot : in addition to his native English, he also spoke Italian , Russian , French and German fluently.

In 1906 he gave up his position as a professor and began working as an actor . In 1908 he was playing on Broadway . He made his film debut in 1914 in the film "The Pit", directed by Maurice Tourneur .

He was also one of the co-founders of the " Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ".

His last film was the sound film "The Sea Wolf" in 1930.

He was married to the actress Doris Kenyon from 1926 . His nephew was the world famous bodybuilder Frederick Sills . Sills died of a heart attack while playing tennis in 1930 at the age of 48 .

Filmography (selection)

  • 1914: The Pit
  • 1915: The Deep Purple
  • 1917: Diamonds and Pearls
  • 1919: Eyes of Youth
  • 1921: Little Fool
  • 1921: Miss Lulu bed
  • 1923: Adam's rib (Adam's Rib)
  • 1923: Flaming Youth
  • 1924: The Sea Hawk
  • 1925: Lord of Life and Death (As Man Desires)
  • 1927: Spanish blood (The Sea Tiger)
  • 1927: Battle in the Valley of the Giants
  • 1928: Call of the gold (Burning Daylight)
  • 1928: Love Fairground (The Barker)
  • 1930: The Sea Wolf

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