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John Mills Height, Weight, Age, Death, Spouse, Family

John Mills Quick Info
Height 5 ft 7 in
Weight 67 kg
Date of Birth February 22, 1908
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Date of Death April 23, 2005

John Mills was an English actor, stage artist, voice actor, producer, and director whose career spanned around 7 decades during which he worked in more than 120 films. Some of his film roles include playing Michael in the epic romantic drama film Ryan’s Daughter, Ezra Fitton in the comedy-drama film The Family Way, Willie Mossop in the romantic comedy film Hobson’s Choice, Lt. Col. Basil Barrow (Battalion Commander) in the drama film Tunes of Glory, Billy Mitchell in the Technicolor drama film This Happy Breed, Peter Penrose in the war drama film The Way to the Stars, Jim Colter in the romantic war drama film Waterloo Road, and Lt. Taylor, R.N. in the war film We Dive at Dawn. For his role in Ryan’s Daughter, he won the Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor” in 1971. Also, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1960 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1976.

Born Name

Lewis Ernest Watts Mills

Nick Names

John, Johnny

From Left to Right - Alastair Sim, John Mills, and Yvonne Mitchell as seen in a still from the film 'Escapade' (1955)
From Left to Right – Alastair Sim, John Mills, and Yvonne Mitchell as seen in a still from the film ‘Escapade’ (1955) (Unknown / eBay / Public Domain)


He was born on February 22, 1908.


On April 23, 2005, Mills died following a stroke at the age of 97 in Denham, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom.

Resting Place

St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Denham, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom

Sun Sign


Born Place

Watts Naval School, North Elmham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom





John Mills studied at Balham Grammar School, Sir John Leman High School, and Norwich High School for Boys.


Actor, Stage Artist, Voice Actor, Producer, Director


  • Father – Lewis Mills (Mathematics Teacher)
  • Mother – Edith Mills (née Baker) (Theatre Box Office Manager)
  • Siblings – Annette Mills (b. Edith Mabel Mills) (September 10, 1894 – January 10, 1955) (Older Sister) (Actor, dancer, songwriter, and television presenter best remembered as presenter of BBC Television’s Muffin the Mule (1946–55))
  • Others – John George Baker (Maternal Grandfather), Elizabeth Darnall (Maternal Grandmother), Molly Blake (August 14, 1917 – June 9, 2011) (Niece) (Illustrator, Television Presenter, Author), Henry McClenaghan (Ex Brother-In-Law, Annette’s Ex-Husband), Robert Sielle (Ex Brother-In-Law, Annette’s Ex-Husband), Sean (Grandson), Melissa Caulfield (Granddaughter), Crispian Mills (Grandson) (Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Musician, Film Director), Jason Lawson (Grandson)




5 ft 7 in or 170 cm


67 kg or 148 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

John Mills had dated –

  1. Aileen Raymond (1932-1941) – He got married to actor and stage artist Aileen Raymond​ in 1932 and they divorced in 1941. Later, when talking about their relationship, Mills stated, “We were both young, and I guess we just drifted apart.”
  2. Mary Hayley Bell (1941-2005) – John Mills married writer Mary Hayley Bell on January 16, 1941, and they remained together until his death in 2005. Due to the war, the duo married in a rushed civil ceremony and were married in a church only after 60 years. They had 3 children – daughters Juliet Maryon Mills (b. November 21, 1941) and Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills (b. April 18, 1946) and a son named Jonathan Mills (b. December 3, 1949). Both of their daughters worked as actors while their son became a screenwriter.

Race / Ethnicity


He had English roots.

Hair Color

Salt and Pepper

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Short stature

John Mills Favorite Things

  • DirectorsDavid Lean, Carol Reed, William Wyler, Bryan Forbes
  • FilmTunes of Glory (1960)
  • Films That He Worked In Hobson’s Choice (1954), Great Expectations (1946), Tunes of Glory (1960)


John Mills Facts

  1. For some of his early years, he lived with his family in the village of Belton where his father served as the headmaster of the village school.
  2. Until 1929, he resided in a modest house on Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk.
  3. John Mills made his professional debut at the London Hippodrome in The Five O’Clock Girl in 1929.
  4. He enlisted in the British Army in September 1939 at the start of the Second World War and joined the Royal Engineers. Afterward, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. However, he received a medical discharge in 1942 because of a stomach ulcer.
  5. John Mills’s autobiography Up in the Clouds, Gentlemen Please was published in 1980.
  6. He was friends with Stephen Fry and Richard Attenborough.

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