Milton Sills

Actor, Film actor

1882 – 1930

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Who was Milton Sills?

Milton George Gustavus Sills was an American stage and film actor of the early twentieth century.

Sills was born in Chicago, Illinois into a wealthy family. He was the son of William Henry Sills, a successful mineral dealer, and Josephine Antoinette Troost Sills, an heiress from a prosperous banking family. Upon completing high school, Sills was offered a one-year scholarship to the University of Chicago, where he studied psychology and philosophy. After graduating, he was offered a position at the university as a researcher and within several years worked his way up to become a professor at the school.

In 1905, stage actor Donald Robertson visited the school to lecture on author and playwright Henrik Ibsen and suggested to Sills that he try his hand at acting. On a whim, Sills agreed and left his prestigious teaching career to embark on a stint in acting. Sills joined Robertson's stock theater company and began touring the country.

In 1908, while Sills was performing in New York City, he garnered critical praise from such notable Broadway producers as David Belasco and Charles Frohman.

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Born
Jan 12, 1882
Chicago
Also known as
  • Milton George Gustavus Sills
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Nationality
  • United States of America
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Education
  • University of Chicago
Died
Sep 15, 1930
Santa Barbara
Resting place
Rosehill Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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