Mark Miller (actor)

Mark Miller (born November 20, 1924) is an American stage and television actor and writer who starred in over 30 plays and made more than forty appearances in television programs and films since 1953. He is best known for his roles as Bill Hooten in Guestward, Ho!, Jim Nash in Please Don't Eat the Daisies TV series and Alvie in the movie he wrote and produced, Savannah Smiles.

Mark Miller
Miller in 1960.
Born (1924-11-20) November 20, 1924
OccupationProducer, Director, Actor, Writer
Years active1954-present
Beatrice Ammidown
(m. 1959; div. 1975)
Barbara Stanger Miller
(m. 1976; div. 1998)
ChildrenWith Ammidown:
Marisa Miller
Savannah Miller
Penelope Ann Miller
With Stanger:
Gabe Miller


Miller was born in Houston, Texas. He graduated from New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1952. After graduation he was immediately cast in the revival of Philadelphia Story in Newport, RI, at the Casino Playhouse and began a long-lasting career acting on stage and in television.

He co-starred with Joanne Dru, J. Carrol Naish, and Flip Mark in the 1960-1961 ABC sitcom, Guestward, Ho!, the story of a New York City family named "Hooten" who relocates to New Mexico to operate a dude ranch.

Miller guest starred in numerous series, including NBC's western, The Tall Man, with Barry Sullivan and Clu Gulager. He also had a role in the film Youngblood Hawke (1964), and appeared on Jack Lord's ABC rodeo adventure series, Stoney Burke.

During 1965–1966, he portrayed college professor Jim Nash, the leading role opposite Patricia Crowley, on the NBC-MGM television sitcom, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, loosely based on the theatrical film starring Doris Day and David Niven.

He played various roles in numerous other television shows, such as Gunsmoke, The Millionaire, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Andy Griffith Show, General Hospital and I Dream Of Jeannie. He also appeared in a 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone entitled "I Dream of Genie".

In 1969–1970, Miller played the role of sidekick Ross Craig in NBC's The Name of the Game and starred in a 1962 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents called "Apex" in which he plays a philandering husband intent on killing his wife but is constitutionally unable to carry out the crime. In 1973, he appeared in the episode "Death by Prescription" of Lorne Greene's ABC crime drama Griff. The following year he wrote, produced and appeared in the film Ginger in the Morning starring Sissy Spacek. He also portrayed characters in the films Mr. Sycamore (1975) and Dixie Dynamite (1976).

Miller wrote the story and screenplay, and starred in the 1982 movie Savannah Smiles. He also starred alongside Slim Pickens in the 1981 movie Christmas Mountain.

Miller is divorced from costume designer and publicist Beatrice Ammidown. He has three daughters, Marisa, Savannah (for whom the movie Savannah Smiles is named and who also appeared in a small role in the film), and actress Penelope Ann Miller. He married Barbara Stanger in 1976, but divorced in 1998. The two co-wrote the screenplay for the 1995 film, A Walk in the Clouds, starring Keanu Reeves and directed by Alfonso Arau.

Miller retired from Hollywood in the late 1990s and moved to Taos, New Mexico with his then wife Barbara Stanger. In 2010, he wrote the play, "Amorous Crossings", that starred Loretta Swit and premiered at the Alhambra Theater in Jacksonville, Florida. The play ran for four weeks to sold-out audiences. In 2014, he moved back to Los Angeles where he formed the production company Gypsy Moon Entertainment, and he continues to write and sell screenplays.


Year Title Role Notes
1957Blonde in BondageLarry Brand
1963The HookLt. D.D. Troy
1964Youngblood HawkeRoss Hodge
1974Ginger in the MorningCharlie
1975Mr. SycamoreRev. Fletcher
1976Dixie DynamiteTom Eldridge
1981Christmas MountainGabe Sweet
1982Savannah SmilesAlvie
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