Sir John MILLS CBE (1908-2005)

John Mills
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - John Mills, actor, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the curtain call of the play Little Lies, at London's Wyndham's Theatre.


John made his film debut in 1932, and worked continuously in British films throughout that decade. He joined the army at the outbreak of the Second World War, but was invalided out in 1942. He returned to films, becaming one of Britain’s most popular leading men during the 1940s and 1950s, appearing in such box office hits as Great Expectations, This Happy Breed, Hobson's Choice and Scott of the Antarctic.


By the 1960s John had become a popular character actor, and gave memorable performances in such films as Oh What a Lovely War, Young Winston and Ryan's Daughter, in which he played the village idiot, a role which won him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.


John was previously honoured by This Is Your Life in 1960.

Screenshots of John Mills This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 626
  • Subject No: second timer
  • Broadcast: Wed 26 Oct 1983
  • Broadcast time: 8-9pm
  • Recorded: Mon 26 Sep 1983
  • Venue: Royalty Theatre
  • Series: 24
  • Edition: 1
  • Code Name: Glory

on the guest list...

  • Connie Booth
  • Paul Hardwick
  • Dominic Guard
  • Angela Scoular
  • Leonard Maguire
  • Alison Neil
  • Katherine Kath
  • Malcolm Sinclair
  • Gregory Cox
  • Robert Mackintosh
  • Joel Spector
  • Michael Attenborough
  • Mary Hayley Bell - wife
  • Jonathan Mills - son
  • Henry - grandson
  • Hayley Mills - daughter
  • Crispian Mills - grandson
  • Juliet Mills - daughter
  • Maxwell Caulfield – son-in-law
  • Sean - grandson
  • Molly Blake - niece
  • Jimmy Bare
  • Richard Murdoch
  • James Grant Anderson
  • Doris Hare
  • Lilli Palmer
  • Richard Attenborough – live link
  • Elspeth March
  • Derek Bond
  • Pat Reid
  • Lionel Jeffries
  • Sylvia Syms
  • Harry Andrews
  • Dickie Henderson
  • John Ferley
  • Stewart Granger
  • Jason - grandson
  • Melissa - granddaughter
  • Filmed tributes:
  • James Cagney
  • George C Scott
  • Bob Hope
  • Michael Redgrave
  • Rachel Kempson

external links...

production team...

  • Researcher: Colin Williams
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Terry Yarwood, Michael D Kent
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 24 subjects: John Mills > Norman Parkinson > Chaim Topol > Pat Jennings > Susannah York > Stuart Henry > George Thomas > Richard Noble > Matthew Kelly > Gloria Cameron > Geraint Evans > Matthew Lethbridge > Liza Goddard > Terry Lawless > Jim Davidson > Chris Gittins > Bob Todd > Nerys Hughes > Mike Spring > Eddie Macken > Freddie Starr > Kathy Staff > Jenny Pitman > Brian Blessed > Laddie Lucas > Danny La Rue