Kenneth McMillan Biography

Birthday: 1932-07-02
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York
Height: 5' 6½" (1.69 m)
Wiki Biography: Character actor Kenneth McMillan was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 2, 1932. Prior to becoming an actor, McMillan was a manager at Gimbels Department Store. At age 30, McMillan decided to pursue an acting career. He attended the LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts and took acting lessons from Uta Hagen and Irene Dailey. He made his film debut at age 41 with a small role in Sidney Lumet's superbly gritty police drama, Serpico (1973). Portly and ruddy-faced, with an often aggressive and cantankerous demeanor, McMillan was usually cast as gruff, hostile and unfriendly characters. McMillan's most notable parts include the borough commander in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), a cowardly small-town sheriff in Tobe Hooper's excellent '79 TV mini-series, "Salem's Lot" (1979), William Hurt's bitter paraplegic father in Eyewitness (1981), a racist fire chief in Ragtime (1981), a wily old safe cracker in The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), the vile and grotesquely obese "Baron Vladimir Harkonnen" in Dune (1984), Aidan Quinn's pathetic drunken pop in Reckless (1984) and a sleazy high-roller gambler in "The Ledge" episode of the hugely enjoyable horror anthology Cat's Eye (1985). Moreover, McMillan was equally adept at comedy, giving especially funny and engaging performances as a baseball club manager in Blue Skies Again (1983), Meg Ryan's corrupt police chief dad in Armed and Dangerous (1986), and a dotty senile veterinarian in Three Fugitives (1989). McMillan had a steady recurring role as Valerie Harper's irate boss on the TV sitcom "Rhoda" (1974). Among the TV shows McMillan did guest spots on are "Dark Shadows" (1966), "Ryan's Hope" (1975), "Kojak" (1973), "Starsky and Hutch" (1975), "The Rockford Files" (1974), "Moonlighting" (1985), "Magnum, P.I." (1980) and "Murder, She Wrote" (1984). Outside of his substantial film and TV credits, McMillan also frequently performed on stage at the New York Shakespeare Festival. He acted in the original Broadway productions of "Streamers" and "American Buffalo". He won an Obie for his performance in the off-Broadway play, "Weekends Like Other People". He's the father of actress Alison McMillan. Kenneth McMillan died of liver disease at age 56 on January 8, 1989.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
True Confessions 1981 Crime
Dune Baron Vladimir Harkonnen 1984 Action
Our Family Honor 1985 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 1974 0, Comedy
True Confessions 1981 Crime, Drama
Heartbeeps 1981 Sci Fi, Comedy
Ragtime 1982 Drama
The Clairvoyant Detective Cullum 1982 Mystery, Thriller
The Pope of Greenwich Village 1984 0, 0, 0
Reckless John Rourke Sr. 1984 Biography, 0
Dune Baron Vladimir Harkonnen 1984 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi
Cat's Eye Cressner 1985 Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Armed and Dangerous Captain Clarence O'Connell 1986 Action, Comedy, Crime
Malone Sheriff Hawkins 1987 Game Show, 0
Favorite Son 1988 Thriller
Three Fugitives 1989 Action, Comedy