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1882 - 1930
The actor Milton Sills was born into a wealthy family in Chicago - his father was a trader of mineral resources, his mother a daughter of a banker. He attended the University of Chicago and worked as a professor for psychology and philosophy after his final examination. He could speak the languages Italian, Russian, German and French fluently.
But his entered way of life changed abruptly when the actor manager Donald Robertson visited the university. Milton Sills got enthusiastic about acting immediately, gave up his position at the university and joined Robertson's troup in 1906.
First successes followed from 1908 where he acted on Broadway. Afterwards
he took part in more than a dozen Broadway productons and his popularity
grew. Finally he was wooed by film producer William A. Brady.
He continued his impressive film career in the 20's and worked as a
freelancing actor for different big studions for the time being.
His fame remained undiminished in the second part of the 20's and he appeared in movies like "As Man Desires" (25), "The Knockout" (25), "Men of Steel" (26), "The Sea Tiger" (27), "The Valley of the Giants" (27), "The Hawk's Nest" (28), "The Barker" (28) and "Love and the Devil" (29).
When the talkies replaced the silent movies Milton Sills was also convincing with his voice. But it was not granted to him to shoot many talkies. He only acted in "Man Trouble" (30) and "The Sea Wolf" (30) in the title role when he died unexpectedly at the age of 48 because of a heart attack during a tennis play.
Milton Sills belonged to the 36 foundation members of the "Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences" (AMPAS). He was married with the stage
actress Gladys Wynne and the film actress Doris
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