John Milford

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John Milford
Born(1929-09-07)September 7, 1929
DiedAugust 14, 2000(2000-08-14) (aged 70)
Years active1955 - 2000

John Milford (September 7, 1929 - August 14, 2000)[1] was an American actor in theatre, television, and films, playing scores of roles, often as a western villain. He was estimated to have had about 500 appearances in TV roles.[1]

Early years[edit]

Born in Johnstown, New York, Milford studied civil engineering at Union College[1] but chose to pursue his first love, acting. He "worked for some years with Los Angeles' Bureau of Engineering, Department of Public Works."[2]


Milford first appeared on television in the 1940s on What's My Name? on KGRB in Albany, New York.[3]

After making his film debut in Marty in 1955, Milford went on to act in dozens of film and TV roles, especially in westerns such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Big Valley, The Rifleman, and The Virginian.

From 1959 to 1960, Milford was cast in ten episodes as the historical Ike Clanton on the ABC/Desilu series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, starring Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp. Milford's last episode is entitled "Wyatt's Bitterest Enemy". Trevor Bardette appeared on the series in the role of Newman Haynes Clanton, or Old Man Clanton, Ike's father.[4]

In 1965 Milford had a recurring role as Cole Younger in the ABC series The Legend of Jesse James, starring Christopher Jones. In the same year, Milford appeared in the third season episode "Billy the Kid" as Sgt. Stoner on the WWII drama Combat!.

Throughout his career Milford continued to work in the theater. He founded the Chamber Theater[2] at 3759 Cahuenga Blvd, pioneering Equity Waiver productions in Los Angeles, and helped launch the careers of actors such as Richard Chamberlain and Vic Morrow.

Milford's Los Angeles Times obituary credits him with using his engineering background to help create the original design for the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.[2]

Milford played the part of Albert Einstein in 1996's Command & Conquer: Red Alert.[5]


Milford died of skin cancer in 2000.


Year Title Role Notes
1955 Marty Minor Role Uncredited
1956 The Ten Commandments Attendant to Trojan Ambassador / Young Father Uncredited
1957 The Persuader Clint
1958 The Heart Is a Rebel Hal Foster
1959 Face of a Fugitive Haley Uncredited
1963 Gunfight at Comanche Creek Bill Peters
1965 Zebra in the Kitchen Sgt. Freebee
1966 For Pete's Sake
1967 The Last Challenge Turpin
1969 Support Your Local Sheriff! Gunman McCullough Throws Rocks At Uncredited
1979 Joni Dr. Sherrill
1986 Say Yes Sailor
1987 Student Confidential Mr. Warshetsky
1998 Primary Colors Uncredited
1998 Show & Tell Mr. Mahler


  1. ^ a b c "Actor John Milford dies at 72". Santa Cruz Sentinel. California, Santa Cruz. Associated Press. August 16, 2000. p. 8. Retrieved June 21, 2016 – via open access
  2. ^ a b c "Actor takes out theatre insurance". Dixon Evening Telegraph. Illinois, Dixon. Newspaper Enterprise Association. March 25, 1977. p. 16. Retrieved June 21, 2016 – via open access
  3. ^ "John Milford". Toledo Blade. Ohio, Toledo. Times-Post News Service. August 18, 2000. p. Section B, Page 5. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  4. ^ ""Wyatt's Bitterest Enemy", June 7, 1960". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  5. ^ "' John Milford (1927–2000)'". Retrieved January 26, 2018.

LA Times biographical article

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