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Mark Miller (actor)

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Mark Miller
Miller in 1960
Claude Herbert Miller Jr.

(1924-11-20)November 20, 1924
DiedSeptember 9, 2022(2022-09-09) (aged 97)
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1954–2022
Beatrice Hudson Ammidown
(m. 1959; div. 1975)
Barbara Stanger Miller
(m. 1976; div. 1998)
Children4, including Penelope Ann Miller

Mark Miller (born Claude Herbert Miller Jr.; November 20, 1924 – September 9, 2022) was 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!, as Jim Nash in the Please Don't Eat the Daisies TV series and as Alvie in the movie he wrote and produced, Savannah Smiles.

Early life and career


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 The Philadelphia Story in Newport, Rhode Island, at the Casino Playhouse and began a long-lasting career acting on stage and in television. He co-starred with Joanne Dru and J. Carrol Naish in the 1960–61 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 had a role in the film Youngblood Hawke (1964), and appeared on Jack Lord's ABC rodeo adventure series, Stoney Burke.

Miller in 2015, aged 90
Miller and Pat Crowley in Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1966)

In 1965-66, 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, including The Millionaire, Gunsmoke, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Andy Griffith Show, General Hospital and I Dream Of Jeannie. From 1969 to 1970, Miller played the role of sidekick Ross Craig in NBC's The Name of the Game. He starred in a 1962 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents titled "Apex" in which he plays a philandering husband intent on killing his wife. 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 appeared in the feature films Mr. Sycamore (1975) and Dixie Dynamite (1976).

Miller produced and starred in the 1982 movie Savannah Smiles, for which he also wrote the story and screenplay.[1] He starred alongside Slim Pickens in Christmas Mountain (1981).

Personal life and death


In December 1959, Miller married costume designer and publicist Beatrice Hudson Ammidown, daughter of architect Henry Philip Ammidown and Beatrice Hudson Embiricos. The couple had three daughters together: Marisa Miller, Penelope Ann and Savannah Miller. The two older girls both became actors. The curly blonde hair of youngest daughter Savannah gave Miller the initial idea for the movie Savannah Smiles,[1][2] and she ended up having a small role in it as well. The couple divorced in 1975.[citation needed]

Miller remarried in 1976, to actress Barbara Stanger. The two co-wrote the screenplay for the 1995 film A Walk in the Clouds, starring Keanu Reeves and Anthony Quinn, and directed by Alfonso Arau. The couple divorced in 1998.[citation needed] Miller had six grandchildren.[citation needed]

Miller retired from Hollywood in the late 1990s and moved to Taos, New Mexico, with 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 continued to write and sell screenplays.[citation needed]

Miller died in Santa Monica on September 9, 2022, at the age of 97.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1957 Blonde in Bondage Larry Brand
1959 Gunsmoke Frank Paris Season 4 Episode 28: "Wind"
1962 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Claude Shorup Season 7 Episode 24: "Apex"
1963 The Hook Lieutenant D.D. Troy
1964 Youngblood Hawke Ross Hodge
1974 Ginger in the Morning Charlie Also executive producer and writer
1975 Mr. Sycamore Reverend Fletcher
1976 Dixie Dynamite Tom Eldridge
1981 Christmas Mountain Gabe Sweet Also writer
1982 Savannah Smiles Alvie Also producer and writer




  1. ^ a b Machen, Rod (22 May 2018). "Savannah Smiles: Sweetness and Schlock". Cinapse. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  2. ^ Alyse, Jennifer. "A Chat with Mark Miller". The Savanest Agency. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  3. ^ Barnes, Mike. "Mark Miller, 'Please Don't Eat the Daisies' Star and 'Walk in the Clouds' Screenwriter, Dies at 97". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 14, 2022.
  4. ^ Baffoe, Michael. "Mark Miller's death, wife, children, net worth, funeral". Reportghana.net. Reportghana. Retrieved 17 September 2022.