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Martin Milner

( b. Dec 28, 1931 Detroit, Michigan, USA - d. Sep 06, 2015 Carlsbad, California, USA ) Male

Martin Milner was an actor who broke out of supporting movie roles as the quintessential clean-cut young man to achieve television stardom as one of two road-hungry bachelors in "Route 66" and later as a veteran police officer in "Adam-12."

Mr. Milner, who came from a show-business family, had had a successful and highly visible run in late-1950s movies before "Route 66" came along. He was the naïve fiancé of a ruthless New York columnist's sister in "Sweet Smell of Success"; a helpful friend of John Barrymore's wayward daughter Diana in "Too Much, Too Soon"; a shy young reporter surrounded by murderers in "Compulsion"; and the wide-eyed boy who loses the girl to the sophisticated older man in "Marjorie Morningstar," based on Herman Wouk's novel.

But "Route 66" gave him top billing -- or a share of it, alongside George Maharis -- beginning in 1960. The two were cast as single men in their 20s driving from town to town and state to state in a shiny Corvette convertible trying to find themselves. The series, in which Mr. Milner's character was both the nice guy and the rich kid (it was his car), was a ratings hit and ran four seasons on CBS.

Mr. Milner returned to series television four years later, this time as an experienced (but still baby-faced) Los Angeles police officer, in Jack Webb's drama "Adam-12" (ABC, 1968-75). He had met Webb when both were in the cast of the 1950 war film "Halls of Montezuma," and had appeared in six episodes of Webb's series "Dragnet" in the early days of his television career.

He made his film debut in "Life With Father" (1947), as the second eldest of the redhead children of William Powell and Irene Dunne. (Mr. Milner came by his red hair, and freckles, naturally.) Soon afterward, he received a diagnosis of polio, at the height of the epidemic, but he was able to return to the screen two years later, with John Wayne in "Sands of Iwo Jima" (1949).

Mr. Milner appeared in more than 40 films altogether. Between his two hit television series, he played Patty Duke's put-upon Hollywood husband in "Valley of the Dolls" (1967). In 1975 he starred in his last theatrically released film, "The Swiss Family Robinson," the third American movie based on that 1812 novel by Johann David Wyss. It briefly became a television series as well, with Mr. Milner as the lead.

He appeared on Broadway only once, in a short-lived comedy, The Ninety Day Mistress, in 1967, opposite Dyan Cannon.

Source: The New York Times obituary

ProductionsDate of Productions
The Ninety Day Mistress
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Martin Milner [Danny Liken]
Nov 06, 1967 - Nov 25, 1967
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