John Milford, a veteran film, TV and legit character actor who carved a niche for himself as a ubiquitous presence on the small screen with hundreds of guest appearances on episodic television, died of cancer Aug. 14 in Brentwood. He was 73.
A native of Johnstone, N.Y., Milford starred in his first TV series, “What’s My Name?” during the late 1940s in Albany. He made his feature debut in the Ernest Borgnine starrer “Marty” in 1955. He also appeared “Support Your Local Sheriff,” “Student Confidential” and his final film, “Primary Colors” for director Mike Nichols.
Milford enjoyed an extensive career as a character actor on television with more than 500 guest appearances on virtually every popular series of the past four decades. TV credits included: “Quincy,” “MacGyver,” “Dallas,” “Hotel,” “Cagney & Lacey,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Dynasty” and “Melrose Place.”
A pioneer in the theatrical community in Los Angeles, he founded and built the first Equity Waiver theater in Los Angeles, The Chamber Theatre, where thesps such as Vic Tayback, Vic Morrow and Richard Chamberlain began their careers. At the Chamber Theatre, which Milford operated until his death, he starred in “Miss Julie,” “Harry Noon and Night,” “Silent Night, Lonely Night” and “American Nightmare.”
Milford is survived by his wife, Susan, a film and TV producer; two sons, two grandsons and two brothers.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in his name be made to the John Wayne Cancer Institute or Camp Del Corazon, 5695 Holbrent Ave., #10, Van Nuys, CA 91411.