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Sidney Miller

Show Count: 81
Series Count: 2
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: October 22, 1916, Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: January 10, 2004, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Sidney L. Miller (October 22, 1916 – January 10, 2004) was an actor, director and songwriter.

Biography

His first (uncredited) acting role was in Penrod and Sam (1931). In 1937, he made his radio debut on the Jack Benny Program episode "Christmas Shopping". He played a man whom Jack Benny mistakes for a department store floorwalker. The actor was also a regular performer on Cavalcade of America, Suspense and Nightbeat.

Miller had a small, but memorable role as would-be wrestling announcer Mo Kahn in MGM's Boys Town (1938), alongside Mickey Rooney. He would reprise the character in the sequel, Men of Boys Town (1941).

Sidney Miller co-starred and co-directed, alongside his good friend Donald O'Connor, in one of the first musical sitcoms on television, Here Comes Donald. After joining Disney, he wrote for The Mickey Mouse Club (1955).

He directed numerous successful television programs throughout the 1950s and 1960s including Bachelor Father, Peter Loves Mary, Get Smart,Bewitched, The Ann Sothern Show and My Mother the Car. (Miller had been a regular on Sothern's radio show The Adventures of Maisie)

In 1958, the actor/director played Roscoe Dewitt, an impressionist, who bothers Bob Collins in The Bob Cummings Show episode "Bob Judges a Beauty Pageant". In 1968, he played Lucille Ball character Helen North's unfortunate date Doctor Ashford. Unfortunate due to the fact that she had three children who were taller than he was. In 1974, he briefly appeared as a drunk driver in the Michael Sarrazin and Barbra Streisand comedy For Pete's Sake.

From 1983-1985, Sidney Miller did the voice of The Dungeon Master in the controversial, due to its violence, animated series Dungeons & Dragons, which was based on the role-playing game of the same name. Miller also provided voices for several other animated shows.

In the 1980s and 1990s, he had a small role as Slow-Burn in Memories of Me, appeared as Sol on The Father Dowling Mysteries episode "The Confidence Mystery" in 1990 and also dubbed the voice of Oompe for the 1992 American version of Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. He had retired by the late 1990s.

He was married three times, and has a son actor Barry Miller from his marriage to Iris Burton. Sidney Miller died from Parkinson's disease on January 10, 2004. His resting place is in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.


 

Source: Wikipedia

Philip Morris PlayhousePhilip Morris Playhouse
Show Count: 9
Broadcast History: 1939 to 1949, November 1948 to July 1949, and March 1951 to September 1953
Sponsor: Philip Morris Cigarettes
Cast: Vincent Price, Dan Dailey, Cathy Lewis, Marlene Dietrich, Elliott Lewis, Howard Duff, Joseph Kearns, Sidney Miller, Jerry Hausner, James Mathews, William Conrad, Vanessa Brown, Lew Ayres, June Allyson, Robert Culp, Mandel Kramer, Peter Lorre, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley
Director: William Spier, Charles Martin
Producer: William Spier, Charles Martin
On Friday evenings at 8:30 pm, from 1939 until 1944, everyone who had a radio gathered round it to listed to the music, variety and drama offerings of Philip Morris Playhouse. It continued again in 1948 until 1951.
Broadcast: 15th May 1952
Added: May 11 2012
Broadcast: 22nd December 1949
Added: Dec 10 2009
Broadcast: 12th August 1951
Added: Aug 12 2007
Broadcast: 15th October 1951
Added: Jun 27 2009
Broadcast: 27th May 1948
Added: May 26 2009
Broadcast: 9th October 1949
Added: Oct 08 2007
Broadcast: 29th May 1948
Added: Jun 27 2010
Broadcast: 8th May 1952
Added: Sep 30 2011
Broadcast: 2nd August 1953
Added: Apr 21 2012
Broadcast: 6th August 1949
Added: Oct 17 2005
Broadcast: 11th January 1952
Added: Apr 10 2008