The Lost Weekend and Dial M For Murder - love him in those.
Late in his career he did an excellent job in a prominent supporting role in the tv miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" as Duncan Calderwood. Ed Asner won the Emmy he should have gotten.
I loved him in [italic]the Major and the Minor," but the only thing I know about him is that Milland is a stage name and was taken from a luggage brand.
He was great in RM, PM; also loved him in Love Story.
I'd forgotten about The Uninvited, another Ray movie I love.
Was also in the 2nd season of COLUMBO
[quote]Late in his career he did an excellent job in a prominent supporting role in the tv miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" as Duncan Calderwood. Ed Asner won the Emmy he should have gotten.
An excellent job, yes, but not worthy of an Emmy, no. It was hardly an inspired performance.
[quote]Ed Asner won the Emmy he should have gotten.
Interesting and long, varied career. He was a comedic male ingenue to many of Hollywood's biggest leading ladies throughout the 1930s and early 1940s until he played against type in The Lost Weekend and was suddenly taken seriously as a formidable and serious leading man.
Personally, I preferred his earlier incarnation which was at its best opposite Ginger Rogers in the aforementioned The Major and the Minor.
There was just a saturnine and sour quality that he acquired as he aged that was not very appealing.
After he won the Oscar for LOST WEEKEND, he never had a decent leading role again, and it embittered him. The closest he came was DIAL M, and in that he was upstaged by Grace Kelly and 3D. None of the films he made after LOST WEEKEND really stood the test of time.
And then David Niven got all the parts Milland thought he should have played, including the Oscar for "Separate Tables".
R14, Ray Milland was rarely charming or likeable. David Niven was charming and likeable.
R15, you've obviously never seen THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR.
Or SEPARATE TABLES, for that matter.
Loved him in everything, even a Charlie's Angels in which he played Kelly Garrett's likely biological dad.
While she turned out not to be there was a big gaping hole in the plot -- why did Kelly look so much like Milland's wife (in the portrait)?
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I pwayed with Way Miwwand in some gypsy movie, didn't I?
Was originally from Wales, I believe.
He ended up making absolute dreck - did he have no regard for his reputation, surely he had saved enough money ? Same with Joseph Cotton. But I have never found him anyway interesting, though he is a good cad in Dial M.
Thats a good comment r14 - I think Niven is a dreadful ham in Separate Tables - Milland would be quite good in that part, but his stardom had slipped by then, he was not in the same league as the others.
Played Ryan O'Neal's father in the 1970's in "Love Story".
He was a handsome leading man who just did not age well and, indeed, ended up doing complete drek. Was wonderful in everything UNTIL the late 40's when, as others have noted, the good parts eluded him, somehow.
When I was a child, I saw him in an old movie, "Alias, Nick Beal". He played an evil entity dressed in suits. I had nightmares after seeing it, for a while.
He won good notices for a silent portrayal, in "The Thief". Rita Gam also was very noticeable as a femme fatale.
In the early forties, he had a sympathetic role in a nazi drama. Not a great movie, but he was a hero. The movie was "Till We Meet Again".
Didn't he have an affair with Grace Kelley while he was married familly man?
That's the rumor, yes, R26
But so did Bing Crosby and William Holden, R26/R27...
...and Clark Gable and Gary Cooper and James Stewart and.........
Cary Grant, I eluded her
How did Bob Cummings escape Grace's clutches?
Perhaps she just didn't love that Bob!
I liked him in "Escape to Witch Mountain."
He was in a TV sitcom for two seasons in the 50s - "Meet Mr. McNutley" with Phyllis Avery. He took the role of fastidious Professor Ray McNutley, the head of the English Department at the fictitious Lynnhaven College for Women. Some episodes were written by the show's creator/producers, Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher, four years before they launched "Leave It to Beaver."
He and Marlene Dietrich did a terrible movie called "Golden Earrings" together, and Dietrich hated him.
He was disturbingly evil in "The Attic," an obscure thriller with Carrie Snodgress. It was one of his late-in-life paycheck parts but he was nastily convincing as a twisted patriarch.
There was a movie in '62 he was in called Panic In Year Zero which I loved...Los Angeles gets nuked and everyone is trying to escape.
It scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid...during the duck and cover times..
Except for the few leading men she fucked (John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Gary Cooper), Marlene Dietrich held most of her costars, male and female, in contempt.
And Marlene's daughter's book is full of her mother's hilariously bitchy comments about her co-stars, directors and other contemporaries she disliked.
Cummings was gay. One costar (Rosemary?) of early tv show just about said so.
She said of the two ppl she was a costar , marlo Thomas in That Girl and Cummings Love that Bob, she said one didn't know how to speak to people and the other one played a playboy and he wasn't one
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Bob Cummings had one wife and six or seven kids so if he was indeed gay, he sure went to extreme measures to prove otherwise.
I can only think Rosemary deCamp meant he was not the womanizing playboy he played on Love That Bob but a decent home-loving family man.
Yes, DeCamp. Cummings was married more than once. He was always in tabloid saying something stupid