Ray Milland

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Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend

Ray Milland (January 3, 1905March 10, 1986) was a successful Welsh actor and director who worked primarily in the United States. His screen career ran from 1929 to 1985.

He was born Reginald Truscott-Jones in Neath, Wales, and took his stage surname from an area of the town. He married Malvinia Warner on 30 September 1932 and they remained together until his death. They had a son Daniel and an adopted daughter Victoria.

The pinnacle of his career came in 1946 when he won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of an alcoholic in the film The Lost Weekend and for playing opposite Grace Kelly in Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder (1954). He achieved some success as a director, before his popularity later slumped and he was reduced to playing in low-budget horror movies such as X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes.

He died of lung cancer in Torrance, California in 1986.

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