John Miljan

John Miljan (November 9, 1892 January 24, 1960) was an American actor.[1] He appeared in 201 films between 1924 and 1958.

John Miljan
Miljan, 1940
Born(1892-11-09)November 9, 1892
DiedJanuary 24, 1960(1960-01-24) (aged 67)
Years active1924–58
Victoire Lowe
(m. 1927)


Born in 1892, Miljan was the tall, smooth-talking villain in Hollywood films for almost four decades, beginning in 1923.[2] Miljan made his first sound film in 1927 in the promotional trailer for The Jazz Singer, inviting audiences to see the upcoming landmark film.[3] In later years he played imposing, authoritative parts such as high-ranking executives and military officers.[2] He is best remembered as General Custer in Cecil B. De Mille's film The Plainsman.[4]

Miljan died from cancer in Hollywood in 1960, aged 67.[5] He was married to Victoire Lowe and adopted her two sons from her first marriage to actor Creighton Hale.[6]

Selected filmography


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