James Millhollin

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James Millhollin
Millhollin in the trailer for No Time for Sergeants, 1958
Arthur James Millhollin

(1915-08-23)August 23, 1915
DiedMay 23, 1993(1993-05-23) (aged 77)
OccupationCharacter actor
Years active1955–1979

Arthur James Millhollin[1] (August 23, 1915 – May 23, 1993) was an American character actor known for his portrayal of nervous, excited, and befuddled men with pop eyes and peculiar mannerisms, usually occupying such positions as hotel clerks, government bureaucrats, military officers, or other middle-management authority figures. He portrayed Major Royal B. Demming, a psychiatrist, in Andy Griffith's 1958 film No Time for Sergeants, later made into an ABC television series. In 1963, Millhollin was cast in two episodes as Anson Foster, the employer of the Imogene Coca lead character in the NBC sitcom Grindl.[citation needed]

Early years[edit]

Millhollin was born in Peoria, Illinois.[2]

He grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, performing in many school plays, graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1933 and then became active with the Omaha Community Playhouse. [3]


On Broadway, Millhollin appeared in Saratoga (1959), The Girls in 509 (1958), and No Time for Sergeants (1955).[4]


Millhollin's first television role was as "Weiner" of the 1955 episode "The $1,000 Window" of The Elgin Hour. His last role was as Mr. Rudi in the 1979 episode of ABC's Happy Days titled "Potsie Quits School." In between, Millhollin appeared as Gerold Manners in the 1960 episode "Shadow Catcher" of Will Hutchins's ABC/Warner Brothers western series Sugarfoot. He then played Doc Cameron in the episode "Starfall: Part 1" of NBC's Outlaws. In 1961, he played Leroy Finch in "The Diamond Dude" of Dale Robertson's Tales of Wells Fargo. That same year, he was Dean Peterson in "Pinky Goes to College" on ABC's The Roaring 20s, starring Dorothy Provine.[citation needed]

In 1960 and 1962, Millhollin appeared in two segments of ABC's 77 Sunset Strip as Jon Keith in "The Wide-Screen Caper" and as Bayard Parmentor in "The Odds on Odette". Three times—in 1960, 1961, and 1963—he appeared on Rod Serling's CBS fantasy adventure series The Twilight Zone: as Mr. Armbruster in "The After Hours", as Abernathy in "Mr. Dingle, the Strong", and as Masters in "I Dream of Genie". Milhollin appeared three times between 1961 and 1963 on CBS's Perry Mason: as murderer Ben Otis in "The Case of the Angry Dead Man", as Professor Grove in "The Case of the Brazen Bequest," and as a floorwalker in "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe."[citation needed]

In 1961, Millhollin also appeared in two sitcoms: as Osborne in "Pity the Poor Working Girl" on ABC's sitcom Margie and as Harold in two episodes, "Mr. Big Shot" and "The Wedding", of CBS's The Ann Sothern Show. Millhollin was cast as Dr. Heydon in the 1961 episode "Dennis Is a Genius" and as a burglar in "The Uninvited Guest" (1963) on the CBS sitcom Dennis the Menace, starring Jay North in the title role. Near the end of 1961, he guest-starred as Mr. Pinkham in "The Dead End Man," in the series finale of The Investigators.[citation needed]

From 1961 to 1962, he guest-starred in different roles on four episodes of CBS's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, starring Dwayne Hickman. That year, he played a librarian in the film Bon Voyage!. In 1962, he was cast as Lt. Bronner in the episode "The Handmade Private" of the CBS anthology series GE True, hosted by Jack Webb. In 1964 he portrayed a sourpuss in the campy movie Get Yourself A College Girl. In 1965, he appeared on the George Burns sitcom Wendy and Me in the episode "A Bouquet for Mr. Bundy." In 1966, he portrayed a bank official in the film The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and a department store manager in the Christmas episode of The Beverly Hillbillies. In 1966 and 1967, he played a hotel clerk and a store official in three episodes of the Marlo Thomas sitcom That Girl. In 1968, Millhollin performed as Willoughby the Llama in the Lost In Space episode "The Great Vegetable Rebellion"; and the next year he played Horace Burkhart in "The Con Man", an episode of the CBS series The Doris Day Show.[citation needed]

From 1970 to 1973, Millhollin appeared five times on ABC's Love, American Style. He also made three appearances on The Odd Couple. In 1971, he was cast as Mr. Ponsonby in "Lucy and Candid Camera" of CBS's Here's Lucy, starring Lucille Ball, and as Lorillard Atwood in "Kid Stuff" of ABC's Nanny and the Professor. In 1973, he was cast as principal Osgood Peters in the film The Student Teachers.[citation needed] He also appeared in the TV series Batman as Alfred Slye, a criminal lawyer for Harry, the evil twin brother to Chandell, portrayed by Liberace.


Millhollin retired to Mississippi, where he died of cancer on May 23, 1993,[5] at the age of 77 in Biloxi.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1958 No Time for Sergeants Maj. Royal B. Demming
1961 Everything's Ducky George Imhoff - Lab Assistant
1962 Bon Voyage! Ship's librarian
1962 Zotz! Dr. Kroner
1962 Gypsy Mr. Beckman Uncredited
1963 Under the Yum Yum Tree Thin Man Uncredited
1964 Get Yourself a College Girl Gordon
1966 The Ghost and Mr. Chicken Mr. Milo Maxwell
1966 Frankie and Johnny Proprietor of Costume Shop Uncredited
1966 A Fine Madness Rollie Butter
1967 The Cool Ones Manager
1967 The Perils of Pauline Stafford Uncredited
1968 Never a Dull Moment Museum Director
1971 How to Frame a Figg Funeral Director
1972 Night Call Nurses Dr. Rolland
1973 The Student Teachers Principal Peters
1974 Truck Turner Judge Advocate


  1. ^ Rubin, Steven (2017). Twilight Zone Encyclopedia. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 9781613738917. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ Leszczak, Bob (2014). The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen. McFarland & Company. p. 89. ISBN 978-0786477906.
  3. ^ 1932-33 Monticello (Thomas Jefferson High School yearbook)p 13
  4. ^ "James Millhollin". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 18 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  5. ^ Willis, John (1995). Theatre World 1992-1993. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 225. ISBN 9781557832030. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  6. ^ "James Millhollin Obituary". Sun Herald. 25 May 1993. p. A-2.

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